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Hudson-Meng to Open for Season May 25th; New Interpretative Programs Offered for 2013

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The Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center will open Saturday, May 25 for an exciting season featuring new interpretative programs and several unique events.

Dennis Kuhnel, Center Director, has also announced that Hudson-Meng will work in tandem with area partners, including the Fossil Freeway Coalition, Nebraska State Game and Parks and the Prehistoric Prairie Discovery Committee, to host public lectures and meetings.   

"In 2013, we are going to emphasize ancient American Indian craft demonstrations and reenactments in our interpretative programming.  We also anticipate many locals will be heading to Hudson-Meng to see first-hand the effects of the 2012 Douthit Fire.  For these visitors, we have prepared our forest officials to offer extensive interpretation in fire ecology and regeneration.  Hudson-Meng has always been an amazing place to see, but it is especially interesting this year because visitors can witness the grasslands transforming from black to green in places," Kuhnel said.  "Right now, Hudson-Meng and the Oglala National Grasslands are an absolutely beautiful place to visit."

Special interpretative programs and tours will be offered this year at Hudson-Meng by Forest Service Park Rangers, University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty and students and Passport In Time volunteers from Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, Hudson-Meng will be open seven days a week, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Fees are $5 for adults; $4.50 for seniors, $3 for children ages 5 – 12, and age 4 and under is free.  No credit cards are accepted at the center, cash and checks are welcome. Under a special program of the Forest Service, 95% of fees collected at the site are used to develop more recreational and educational opportunities on the Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands.   For more information about volunteer opportunities, visit, or call Dennis Kuhnel at 308-665-3900

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