Just for Kids

Hey, Kids!  Check us out...The Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands are here for you to explore. 

Become a Junior Forest Ranger!

Frank Winter Hawk avatar with his horseChildren aged 7 through 13 will enjoy the Junior Forest Ranger program. Doing all the activities earns you a badge.

Download one of our four Junior Ranger booklets before your visit, or pick one up at our ranger district offices!


Visit Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center

Young girl hunting for fossils at Hudson-MengThe Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center is an archeological excavation in progress. Explore and decide for yourself what happened to the bison.

The site is located in the shadow of Nebraska's Pine Ridge, overlooking the Oglala and Buffalo Gap National Grasslands. It's only a few miles to the moonscape of Toadstool Geologic Park. Bring your camera and your curiosity!



Discover the Forest

Learn more about the forests & grasslands and all they have to offer.