Hudson-Meng draws volunteers from throughout the U.S.

Contact(s): Dennis Kuhnel, Director 308-432-0300

Volunteers help excavate at Hudson-Meng

Hudson-Meng Bison Kill Research & Visitor Center will host two Passports in Time projects this summer. The projects will involve upwards of 50 volunteer educators and researchers from throughout the U.S.
Passport in Time, also known as “PIT,” is a volunteer archaeology and historic preservation program of the USDA Forest Service. PIT volunteers work shoulder-to-shoulder with professional Forest Service archaeologists, paleontologist and historians on national forests throughout the U.S. on such diverse activities as archaeological survey and excavation, rock art restoration, archival research, historic structure restoration, oral history gathering, and analysis and curation of artifacts.
New volunteers receive a "Passport" and a PIT Passport number. Each time a volunteer visits a project, the project leader stamps the volunteer's passport and documents their hours.

From May to September, PIT volunteers at Hudson-Meng will assist with excavation of archaeological sites and the cultural and environmental interpretation of the site’s relationship to the Oglala National Grassland.

“PIT Volunteers provide an extraordinary service to the Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands,” said Dennis Kuhnel, Director of Hudson-Meng Bison Kill Research & Visitor Center. “They come from a variety of backgrounds, but the majorities are either college students or retirees. This summer we are fortunate to also have a few elementary school librarians and teachers who volunteer their time while on summer break,” he said.

Student volunteers committed to participating in the Passport in Time “Excavation Project” represent a wide array of institutions from around the country, including Chadron State College, College of Charleston, Colorado State University, Loyola University-Chicago, Oklahoma State University, Saint Cloud State University, University of Delaware, University of Iowa, University of Kansas, University of Nebraska, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

For more information on Passport in Time projects, visit