FORT ROB, CHADRON STATE PARK OFFERING 8 NATURE PROGRAMS THUR-SAT

Posted 6 months ago

By John Axtell

Game and Parks -2The Nebraska Game and Parks summer nature program series continues this week at the two state parks in the northern Panhandle as park naturalist Jami Campbell leads 8 family-friendly programs at Chadron State Park and Fort Robinson State Park Thursday through Saturday.

The action will start with two presentations at Chadron State Park’s Trading Post on Thursday. At 3:30 p.m., Campbell offers a program about snakes while at 5:30 p.m. she will tell about the tiniest creatures in the prairies and forests.

The rest of the weekend programs will be at Fort Robinson. Friday morning, people can meet at the Post Playhouse at 9:30 for a hike for tracks and scat.

At 2:30 p.m. near the Activities Center, Campbell will repeat her program about tiny creatures, and the day will wrap up at the same location at 7:00 with a joint presentation with staff from the Hudson-Meng Bison Site on early settlers of the prairie.

Saturday morning, Campbell and wildlife biologist Shelley Steffl will lead a guided wildflower hike in the Mexican Canyon area of Fort Robinson park. Vehicles will meet at the Post Playhouse at 9:30 and caravan to the  hike.

In the afternoon at 1:30 p.m., the topic will turn to insects followed by Campbell’s program on snakes at 4 o’clock. Both presentations will be near the Activities Center.

The programs at both parks are open to the public free of charge, but vehicles are required to have a Nebraska park entry permit. Permits may be purchased online at www.outdoornebraska.org or at each park’s headquarters.