VALENTINO – The Niobrara National Scenic River and Nebraska and the National Writing Projects host a writing marathon, Write the River, to celebrate National Public Lands Day, according to a press release. The event will run for 24 hours – from 7pm September 25 to 7pm September 26 – at Smith Falls State Park.
During this writing marathon, individuals or family groups write for one hour at a time, but participants can sign up for more hours if they wish. Register in advance by calling the Niobrara National Scenic River Visitor Center at 402-376-1901 or by emailing Susan Cook, email@example.com.
Everyone is invited to spend time along the river and write about the experiences and importance of the river.
Social distancing will be practiced during the event and masks are encouraged while interacting with others.
The National Park Service canopy will be installed upon landing at Smith Falls. The staff will welcome the writers and be available for any assistance needed, but will let the writers spend some quality time with the river. Participants do not need to write for the entire hour, but can spend some time using their senses to explore the sights, sounds, smells and feel of the plants around.
“The river has so much history around it and so many stories to tell,” the press release said. “If you want to share what you write, we’d love to take a picture of it; if you don’t, you don’t have to. “
For more information, call 402-376-1901 or visit nps.gov/niob. Visitor Center opening hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm CT Monday through Friday. Admission is free.