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BEATRICE –National Park Week activities, kicking off the Centennial of the National Park Service, continue at Homestead National Monument of America with two fun programs onSaturday, April 25, 2015.
The Get Out, Get Fit Challenge invites everyone to get outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather with a walk on the tallgrass prairie any time between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Begin your walk at the Heritage Center.The trails offer something for everyone, from ¼ of a mile to just over 2 miles. At1 p.m.the Homestead Running Club will have members talking to people about the benefits of walking or running and about their club and how it helps people achieve their fitness goals.They will have the competition clock running so you can check your time whether you are walking or running.Snacks provided courtesy of Heartland Foods, SunMart Foods, and Walmart.
Then, at 2 p.m. onApril 25, 2015watch as Anja Becker works magic with her dogs to herd both sheep and geese on the demonstration prairie near the Education Center.Becker and her dogs compete in herding demonstrations throughout the region.She will explain how important it was for homesteaders to use their animals to help with daily chores.She will also discuss how she trains her dogs and then demonstrate herding with both sheep and geese.
"The beautiful prairie at Homestead National Monument of America is a great place to try to meet your fitness goals, as well as a great place to Find Your Park, right here in Beatrice." stated Superintendent Mark Engler.
Find Your Park invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place -- it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as the National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide.
Visitwww.NationalParkWeek.orgto learn more about how you can join parks, programs, and partners in celebrating National Park Week across the country.To learn more about activities and to get a complete listing of the events at Homestead National Monument of America visitwww.nps.gov/home.
Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2015. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM), Facebook (HomesteadNM), and Instagram (HomesteadNPS).
Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska and 45 miles south of Lincoln. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Saturdayand Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit https://www.nps.gov/home/
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