9th Outdoor Family Fun Day Features Water, Wildlife, and Wonder

A boy lifts a bow to aim an arrow at a target at the Archery station.
A boy tries his hand at archery during Outdoor Family Fun Day.

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News Release Date: April 11, 2018

Contact: Kristen Maxfield, 402-376-1901

VALENTINE, NE— The Niobrara National Scenic River (NSR) invites all young explorers, curious water users, and future outdoor enthusiasts to the 9th annual Outdoor Family Fun Day. This event offers a variety of activities for kids of all ages, and will be held at Smith Falls State Park on Saturday, April 21st, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

This year’s line-up of amazing activities include canoeing, a stream table, fishing, archery, creating a replica fossil, and in honor of “Year of the Bird,” bird watching. Attendees may roast their own hot dogs and make s’mores over a campfire. Previous experience is not necessary for any activities. Children who complete all of the activities will earn a special Junior Ranger patch. Participants should arrive early to ensure their spot in a canoe and to participate in all of the activities.

All activities are free of charge, and lunch is included. Smith Falls State Park requires a $6/vehicle parking fee or a Nebraska Game & Parks Commission annual pass. Smith Falls State Park is located 19 miles east of Valentine, Nebraska via Highway 12.

The Niobrara NSR is proud to offer this event in partnership with the Niobrara Council; the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission; the Northern Prairies Land Trust; the Middle Niobrara Natural Resources District; Supertubes/Little Outlaw Canoe, Tube & Kayak; the Nebraska Master Naturalists; and our many volunteers.

For more information, please contact the Niobrara NSR Visitor Center at 401-376-1901, or visit the website at nps.gov/niob or Facebook at facebook.com/NiobraraNSR/.

Last updated: April 18, 2018

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