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Contact: Ashley Danielson, 402-661-1804
Experience National Park Week Along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
Omaha, Nebraska – Ring in spring with a visit to the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail during National Park Week, April 15-23. Throughout the trail, programs and events encourage visitors to explore new places and enjoy new experiences.
Here are some great ways to explore your Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
Experience the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Auto Tour Route: with more than 6,000 miles of roads to explore.
Try something new: Canoe the Missouri River, participate in a clean-up event or hike the rugged trails.
Tribal tourism: The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail passes through 56 tribal homelands and is home to 15 different Indian reservations. Many tribes have museums open to the public.
Get your Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail NPS Passport stamp: Across the trail select visitor centers have the official NPS passport stamp to commemorate your trip.
Saturday, April 15 Junior Ranger Day
Kid’s Fishing Derby, Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Yankton, SD
Join staff from the Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery and the Missouri National Recreational River for a fun day of fishing. The NPS will display the park’s Mobile Ranger Station featuring Junior Ranger activities for kids and families. Learn about how the Missouri River is part of the National Park Service.
Thursday, April 20
Bismarck Earth Day Festival, 4:00 pm- 7:30 pm, Bismarck, ND
Join Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site staff and community partners in this 10th annual Earth Day celebration.
Saturday, April 22 Earth Day
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower Earth Day Celebration, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Hartford, IL
Join local Girl Scouts to celebrate Earth Day by making homemade bird feeders. Treehouse Wildlife Center will also be on hand with resident animals.
Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge Earth Day, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Mound City, MO
This fun-filled free event is open to the public and will include opportunities to take guided nature hikes, learn about local wildlife, call turkeys, see birds through staffed spotting scopes, learn about Monarch butterflies and more!
Earth Day Omaha, 11:00 am- 6:00 pm, Omaha, NE
Meet Park Rangers and learn about the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail at Omaha's annual Earth Day bash in Elmwood Park.
National Junior Ranger Day at Nez Perce National Historical Park, 8:30 am- 4:00 pm, Spalding, ID
Junior Rangers and their families can enjoy a hands-on beading activity and the opportunity to earn a special Junior Ranger patch.
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center Earth Day, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, The Dalles, OR
Celebrate Earth Day at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5000 Discovery Drive, in The Dalles. Native plant walk, clean-up projects, and learn about environmentally focused organizations and resources
Saturday/Sunday, April 15-16 and April 22-23,
Fee Free Weekends, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, OR
Each year the National Park Service announces its Fee Free days. No entrance or admission fees are charged during this time. This is a great chance to get out and explore some of our Nation's jewels.
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail traverses over 3700 miles across the states of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. It is part of the National Park Service. Its headquarters is located at 601 Riverfront Drive in Omaha, Nebraska where there is a small Visitors Center open to the public year-round. Visitors can obtain American the Beautiful Passes, to include the Annual, Active Military, Senior, Access, and Every Kid in a Park, by stopping by the Visitor Center during open hours.
For additional information on Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, please call 402-661-1826 or visit www.nps.gov/lecl and join the conversation at www.facebook.com/lewisandclarknht and www.twitter.com/LewisClarkTrail.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for the 412 parks in the National Park System and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.