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Hey kids! Get out of the house Thanksgiving weekend and bring your whole family to Homestead National Monument of America, November 27 –29, 2015, for some Junior Ranger exploring! The Homestead Junior Ranger Activity Booklet includes a scavenger hunt, kid's bingo and more –pick one up at the Homestead Heritage Center or Education Center. Although it is designed for children ages five to twelve, anyone is welcome to try. The more you explore the monument, the more pages you can finish! It's a great way to involve the whole family, see some cool stuff, and hike off that Thanksgiving turkey. Finish the activities and become a Junior Park Ranger for Homestead National Monument of America! You will get a certificate, "Junior Park Ranger" badge, and wristband. Come on Saturday, November 28, 2015, and go on a special Junior Ranger hike with a ranger. Meet at the Education Center at 10 a.m.or 2 p.m. to learn more about Homestead, the tallgrass prairie and do a fun art activity.
There are all kinds of things to see and do at Homestead National Monument of America. Stop by the Homestead Education Center to see theHomestead in Origamiexhibit. Artist Linda Stephen "paints" landscapes with paper folded into amazing shapes. If you're into birds, check out a free Nature Pack from the Heritage Center and go find some feathered visitors at Homestead. Take a look at the Palmer-Epard Cabin near the Heritage Center. It is an authentic homesteader cabin, built in 1867. Can you imagine living in there with your whole family?
Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2015 and the National Park Service Centennial in 2016. 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. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Monday – Friday, and 9 a.m. –5 p.m.on weekends. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit https://www.nps.gov/home/index.