Children visiting the Homestead National Monument Heritage Center Saturday during Homestead Days were treated to a few extra attractions not normally available.

The back patio area of the building featured several activities during the afternoon to help children learn about nature and about games that were played during the days of homesteading.

Guided by members of the Conservation Corps, a conservation group from Iowa, the young visitors learned to play jacks and marble games, got to feel pelts and antlers from various regional animals, and received cups of dirt and flower seeds to take home and grow.

Derick Schneibel of the Conservation Corps said the group had been at Homestead for several days doing invasive species management on the prairie, and volunteered to help with the children's festival after finishing their work the day before.

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