Writing the River: Nebraska Writing Project and Niobrara Scenic River Partnership—Part 6 of The Nebraska Experience

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Hear about a new partnership between the National Park Service and the Nebraska Writing Project that is under development and moving toward a planned river float for area high school students to allow them to experience the Niobrara River in a way they may not have done in the past. The Nebraska Writing Project is planning writing experiences in the areas of the significant river ecology, paleontology, Native American history and use, the historical Fort Niobrara cavalry including buffalo soldiers, railroaders, homesteaders, and ranchers.

More About Niobrara

The Niobrara Scenic River lies in Cherry County, Nebraska, the largest county in Nebraska comprising an area of 6,009 square miles of which 49 square miles is water. Cherry County which abuts South Dakota on its northern border is Nebraska’s largest county in land area and larger than the state of Connecticut, or the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. Running through Cherry County is the Niobrara River, 568 miles long, from its head in Wyoming to its mouth on the Missouri in the state of Nebraska. Seventy-six miles of the Niobrara have been designated a National Scenic River. The Niobrara National Scenic River will be the third jewel in the crown of National Park Service/Nebraska Writing Project Partnerships.


  • Susan Cook, Program Manager for Interpretation, Education and Volunteers, Niobrara National Scenic River
  • Bobbie Roshone, Park Ranger, Niobrara National Scenic River
  • Jan Knispel, Adjunct Professor, Midplains Community College

Image: Niobrara River Float
Photo credit: Bobby Allen

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