Exploring an American Icon – Cultural and Natural History of the Bison

Spring is in sight, it’s almost here!  Enjoy another escape to Custer State Park Saturday, March 18 at 1:00pm with Kelsey Bean.  A graduate student in Native American Studies from Montana State University, Kelsey has worked at various Forest Service and Park Service sites throughout the west.  She is a member of the Cherokee Nation with heritage in the Sac & Fox and Choctaw Nations of Oklahoma.

“Populations once ranged to several millions but by the 1890s less than a thousand remained in the United States. The American Bison has become the symbol of the American West and has a very unique history. This program will cover the cultural and natural history of North America’s largest land mammal the Bison.”

A park entrance license is required to enter the park and can be purchased at the Park Office during the week or at the Visitor Center.  The Visitor Center, located at the intersection of Hwy 16A and Wildlife Loop Road, is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm but will be closed Friday, March 17.

Don’t forget to mark these dates on your calendar and watch for more details.  We’ll be exploring what an Artifacts Road Show is on Saturday, April 15.  Plus, celebrate Earth Day and build a bluebird box at the Bluebird Box Workshop, Saturday, April 22 at 10:00am and 2:00pm.  Pre-registration is required for the Bluebird Box Workshop, please call the office at (605) 255-4515.

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