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National Park Service
Homestead National Monument of America
8523 W. State Hwy 4
Beatrice, NE 68310
National Park Service News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 27, 2013
Merrith Baughman 402-223-3514
Native Prairie Seed Harvest
On Saturday, October 5 celebrate the last day of Homestead National Monument of America’s Prairie Appreciation Week by getting hands-on with the amazing plants in the monument’s tallgrass prairie. At 9:30 a.m.come to the Education Center to help harvest prairie seed and learn about the prairie’s diversity. This annual event allows the monument to collect local native prairie seed to be used in maintenance and restoration projects. The morning will begin with a short orientation about the species that will be collected. The seed collection will last until about 11 a.m. All ages are welcome, long pants and long sleeve shirts are suggested along with sturdy shoes. At 11 a.m.there is a unique opportunity to work with Artist-in-Residence Erica Quinn to create sun prints of the seeds or plants. If you just want the experience of creating the sun print you can show up at the Education Center at 11 a.m.
Later in the afternoon on October 5, at 2 p.m.join Natural Resource Specialist Jesse Bolli for a walk starting at the Heritage Center as he explores the delicate detail of the prairie. Prairie plant identification, the history of the prairie and prairie management will be the topics that are discussed on the walk.
Just a reminder that the following day Sunday, October 6, at 2 p.m. the Second Annual Hedge Apple Festival will be held at the Heritage Center. Visit www.nps.gov/home for more information.
“The crisp air and the changing colors make fall a great time to visit Homestead National Monument of America. You are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities that your National Park Service site offers through special programs and opportunities to volunteer,” stated Park Superintendent Mark Engler.
Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2013. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM) and Facebook (Homestead National Monument of America).
Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska or just 45 miles south of Lincoln, Nebraska. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit https://www.nps.gov/home/index.
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