Explore the unique prairie plant universe and learn how these carbon based lifeforms thrive in their environment and impacted homesteaders. On Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at Homestead’s Education Center discover the mysterious world of the plants of the tallgrass prairie. The Carbon Based Lifeforms Detected program will be followed by a take-home craft activity. Don’t forget to check out other upcoming programs that are part of the Kids in Parks: Into the Unknown! program series:

Saturday, August 3: Aliens?! – Find out how the alien insects around us help the prairie.

Saturday, August 10: Strangers from a Strange Land… – Enter the underwater world of the creepy creek crawlers.

“Into the Unknown! is a fun and educational program that will engage children and their families to explore closely the prairie landscape and its inhabitants,” said Mark Engler, Superintendent of Homestead National Monument of America.

The Kids in Parks: Into the Unknown! summer programs at Homestead are open to the public and take place at Homestead’s Education Center from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays. The programs are FREE of charge. We encourage the use of sunscreen, bug spray, and closed toed shoes as we investigate the mysterious unknown of the tall-grass prairie.

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 6 p.m. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit http://www.nps.gov/home/.

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