Kids In Parks Nature Detective Series

Children of all ages and their families are invited to investigate nature with Park Rangers at Homestead National Monument of America each Saturday in July and Saturday, August 1, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. All programs begin at the park’s Education Center. These programs are FREE of charge, great for all ages, and reservations are not necessary. Nature Detectives will be sleuthing outdoors so please dress appropriately for the weather. Sunscreen, bug spray, and closed toe shoes are encouraged. Program length is subject to weather conditions.

July 4th Birdie Basics

Observe along the trails our feathered friends of all shapes, sizes and behaviors. Learn to use these clues to figure out what families these birds belong to.

July 11th Prairie Plant Prowl

Prowl the tallgrass prairie with the Park Rangers. Look very closely at the plant life and learn tips along the way about identification.

July 18th Insect Inspector

Calling all bug hunters! Your help is needed to discover the smallest of inhabitants in the tallgrass prairie. Plan on catch-releasing all kinds of insects in this fun insect study.

July 25th Creek Critters

Ever wonder what’s living in the mud in Cub Creek? Park Rangers will bring the creek to you so you can find out! Learn how these creek critters can indicate the health of creeks and ponds.

August 1st Scats and Tracks

Investigate clues left by the hidden wildlife that surrounds us. Nature Detectives’ keen eyes are needed to locate tracks, trails, animal homes and much more.

Schedule FREE Kids in Parks Nature Detective program for your special group!

Remember, 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), Facebook (HomesteadNM), and Instagram (HomesteadNPS).

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska and 45 miles south of Lincoln. 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

The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

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