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08/18/2019 - Hudson-Meng ERC's Smokey Bear Celebration

Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center (HMERC) will host special events to celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday from Wednesday, August 7 to Sunday, August 18.  August 9, 2019 marks 75 years of the Forest Service’s Smokey Bear and national wildfire prevention campaign. Smokey Bear is well known for his modern-day message, Only You Can Prevent Wildfires. Visitors and families are invited to celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th Birthday with HMERC and Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands.
 
Smokey Bear National Portrait Tour
The traveling exhibits features Smokey Bear portraits by Rudolph Wendelin which will be on display in the HMERC lobby and bison bonebed enclosure from August 7 through August 18, 2019. Rudolph Wendelin created hundreds of Smokey representations that highlighted national resource conservation and wildfire prevention. It is Wendelin’s more humanized representation of Smokey Bear that is commonly known today. Under his direction Smokey Bear became well known for his ranger hat, jeans, and shovel. The touring exhibit consists of 16 pieces of artwork from the National Agricultural Library. The National Agriculture Library’s Special Collections houses rare books, manuscripts, nursery, and seeds catalogs, photographs and posters from 1500s to the present.

Agents of Discovery Mobile Game App
Hudson-Meng developed a game that invites families and children to solve Smokey Bear challenges on their own mobile devices as they explore the site. The app is free for download in Google Play or iOS App store. Once the app is downloaded, make sure to add HMERC-Smokey Bear 75th Birthday to the mission list. Please download the app before your visit and then enjoy the game at Hudson-Meng. The mobile game is free and does not require data or WI-FI once downloaded to your device. After completing the mission, log into the app when you are back in WI-FI or cellular service to upload. This step verifies that you have completed the mission.

Hudson-Meng is open 5 days a week, Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission fees still apply during these two weeks. The Hudson-Meng parking lot, trails, and grounds are open seven days a week.