The Niobrara National Scenic River (NSR) invites all young explorers, curious water users, and future outdoor enthusiasts to the 9th annual Outdoor Family Fun Day. This event offers a variety of activities for kids of all ages, and will be held at Smith Falls State Park on Saturday, May 18th, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

This year’s line-up of amazing activities include canoeing, ecosystem activities, fishing, archery, creating a replica fossil, and bird watching. Attendees may roast their own hot dogs and make s’mores over a campfire. Previous experience is not necessary for any activities. Participants should arrive early to ensure their spot in a canoe and to participate in all of the activities.

All activities are free of charge, and lunch is included. Smith Falls State Park normally requires a $6/vehicle parking fee or a Nebraska Game & Parks Commission annual pass. However, this year Outdoor Family Fun Day falls on Nebraska’s Fee Free Day. Smith Falls State Park is located 19 miles east of Valentine, Nebraska via Highway 12.

The Niobrara NSR is proud to offer this event in partnership with the Niobrara Council; the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission; the Northern Prairies Land Trust; the Middle Niobrara Natural Resources District; Supertubes/Little Outlaw Canoe, Tube & Kayak; the Nebraska Master Naturalists; and our many volunteers.

For more information, please contact the Niobrara NSR Visitor Center at 402-376-1901, or visit the website at or Facebook at