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Ranger programs ramping up at Fort Robinson, Chadron state parks

CHADRON, Neb. – A series of ranger programs is ramping up at Fort Robinson State Park and Chadron State Park this week.

The educational programs, which address a wide variety of nature and history topics, are produced as a collaboration between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Agate Fossil Beds National Monument and the U.S. Forest Service’s Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center.

The events at Chadron State Park will be at the Trading Post. Those at Fort Robinson will convene at the picnic shelter near the Soldier Creek Campground.

Programs at Fort Robinson State Park:

Bighorn Sheep Hike – July 15, 9 a.m. (Participants encouraged to wear appropriate shoes, clothing, hats sunscreen and to bring water).

Crawford’s Wild West – July 28, 7 p.m.

Night-IN-Day: The Big Astronomical Event of the Century – Aug. 11, 7 p.m.

Locking Horns: The Story of the Bison Skull Evolution – Aug. 25, 7 p.m.

My, What Changes We Have Seen – Sept. 8, 7 p.m.

Programs at Chadron State Park:

Rocks and Minerals – July 22, 10:30 a.m.

Solar Eclipse FAQs – Aug. 19, Time TBD.

Celebrating Nebraska Archaeology Month – Sept. 2, 10:30 a.m.

Each program is free and open to the public, but vehicles entering the parks must have a Nebraska park entry permit. The permits are available online at outdoornebraska.org, the parks’ headquarters or vendors throughout the state.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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