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State Park Summer Speaker Series Begins Friday

A summer series of Friday night informational and entertaining programs in northwestern Nebraska’s two state parks kicks off this week.

The first presentation, which is Friday, May 27, at 7 p.m. near the Trading Post at Chadron State Park, will guide attendees on how best to enjoy the many popular locations managed by the National Park Service, which turns 100 years old in August. The presenter will be Dr. William Earl, a seasonal ranger for the park service.

The series of presentations is a collaboration of the National Park Service’s Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, the U.S. Forest Service’s Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.  The programs are open to the public free of charge but vehicles must have a Nebraska Park Entry Permit, available at outdoornebraska.org or from vendors throughout the state.

Following are the scheduled presentations at Chadron State Park (at the Trading Post) and Fort Robinson State Park (at the Soldier Creek Campground). All presentations begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

May 27, Chadron: “How to Get the Most Out of Your National Parks?” by Dr. William Earl, NPS ranger.

June 3, Fort Robinson: Pine Ridge Wildflowers by Lil Mansfield, NPS ranger.

June 10, Chadron: Fossils of the Miocene Epoch by Anne Wilson, NPS ranger.

June 17, Fort Robinson: To Be Announced, by USFS.

June 24, Chadron: How to Make an Atlatl by USFS.

July 1, Fort Robinson: TBA by NPS and USFS.

July 8, Chadron: “Creatures of the Night” at 8:30 p.m. by Amanda Filipi, NGPC educator.

July 15, Fort Robinson: “Creatures of the Night” at 8:30 p.m. by Filipi.

July 22, Chadron: “The Rescue of Andromeda and other Things to See in the Night Sky” by Wilson.

July 29, Fort Robinson: Pre-settlement Bison by USFS.

Aug. 5, Chadron: “By My Teeth” by USFS.

Aug. 12, Fort Robinson: “The Magical Ecological Mystery Tour” by Earl.

Sept. 2, Chadron: Celebrate National Archaeology Month by USFS.

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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