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Wildflower tour set at Fort Robinson State Park

Narrowleaf beardtongue
Narrowleaf beardtongue, one of many wildflowers to be found in early June in western Nebraska, blooms as dew glistens in the morning sun. (NEBRASKAland Magazine/Justin Haag)

It is prime time for viewing wildflowers in the Pine Ridge and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission staff members are inviting the public to an informational hike through the colorful countryside.

Commission biologist Shelley Steffl and park naturalist Jami Campbell will lead the hike in the Mexican Canyon area of Fort Robinson State Park on Saturday, June 7. Participants will meet at the Post Playhouse at 9:30 a.m. and form a convoy to the site of the morning hike.

Participants are encouraged to wear clothing suitable for hiking, including sturdy shoes, a hat and long pants. Drinking water and sunscreen also are recommended.

The program is free but vehicles are required to have a Nebraska park entry permit. The permit can be purchased online at outdoornebraska.org or from one of many vendors, including the park’s headquarters.

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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