Homestead National Monument Of America Joins National “Find Your Park” Campaign

BEATRICE – Homestead National Monument of America joins parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com. Launched yesterday by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.

Find Your Park invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place — it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as the National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide.

“Find Your Park” is also the theme for this year’s National Park Week, April 18 – 26, 2015. National Park Week is full of activities at Homestead National Monument of America. Kicking off the week on April 18 is National Junior Ranger Day and a “Kids in Parks” birding activity at 1 p.m. On Sunday, April 19, at 1 p.m. Katie Nieland, from the Center for Great Plains Studies and the artist of the current special exhibit at the Education Center, will give a presentation on ecotourism. On Saturday, April 25, come experience the trails through the tallgrass prairie during the Get Out, Get Fit event from 9-3 p.m. At 1 p.m. the Homestead Running Club will bring their competition clock so you can track your time whether you walk or run. At 2 p.m. Anja Becker will use her border collies to demonstrate herding both sheep and geese on the demonstration prairie. The finale for National Park Week takes place on April 26 at 3 p.m. with a concert by folksinger Susan Werner. This is a partnership with the Lied Center for Performing Arts and part of the Lied Arts Across Nebraska program.

“The centennial is an opportunity to introduce the National Park Service to the next generation of visitors, supporters, and advocates, re-engage those who already know and love the parks and prepare for the next 100 years of the National Park Service. Homestead National Monument of America is excited to begin this multi-year celebration with many fun opportunities.” stated Superintendent Mark Engler.

Visit www.NationalParkWeek.org to learn more about how you can join parks, programs, and partners in celebrating National Park Week across the country. For a complete listing of events at Homestead National Monument of America visit www.nps.gov/home.

Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2015. 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. daily. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit http://www.nps.gov/home/index.htm.