Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center Summer Season 2017

Contact(s): Ryan Means, 308-432-0300

Picture of the front of Hudson-Meng, several people and a ranger stand casually out front.

Crawford, NE, May 12, 2017 – The Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center (HMERC) will open for the 2017 visitor season on Saturday, May 27. This year, the hours of operation are 8 am to 5 pm MDT from Wednesday through Sunday; however the parking lot, trails, and restrooms will be available seven days per week. Planned exceptions for Monday closures are Memorial Day (May 29), the Solar Eclipse (August 21), and Labor Day (September 4).

“We are excited to welcome our visitors and neighbors,” said Center Director Ryan Means. “There are many educational and recreational opportunities to enjoy at Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center and on the surrounding Oglala National Grassland.”

Families and groups with children may enjoy completing the Junior Archaeologist booklet that is a fun-filled adventure to learn about the site and record memories of your trip. The Discovery Agent gaming app is also available for families to play on their mobile devices. The game is free for download in Google Play or the iOS App Store. Once the app is downloaded, make sure to add Hudson-Meng to the mission list. Please download the app before you visit and plan to enjoy the game on site. Please note, it is free to play and does not require data or wi-fi once downloaded to your device.

Guided tour fees of the Hudson-Meng Bison Bone Bed are $5 for adult; $4.50 for seniors; $3 for children from ages of 5-12; age 4 and under is free. Tours are available when the HMERC visitor center is open. Fees are used to defray the cost of operating the site and to provide additional educational and interpretive materials such as the Discovery Agents game. For more information, please call the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands Supervisor’s office at (308) 432-0300, or Hudson-Meng Site Manager, Ryan Means, at (308) 221-4162.