Chadron State College
Chadron State College

Sandoz Center included in Nebraska Tourism's Passport program

February 27, 2017

LINCOLN —The Nebraska Tourism Commission has announced the list of stops in the summer 2017 Nebraska Passport and it includes the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center located on the Chadron State College campus.

“We are so excited to be a part of the Nebraska Passport program for the third time,” said Sarah Polak, Mari Sandoz Center Director. “We look forward to sharing the history of the region and of the college with visitors from across the state.”

“The Passport program is a wonderful way to encourage people to get off the beaten path. We are thankful to the Nebraska Tourism Commission for selecting us to participate this year,” said Polak.

“We’re excited to continue this program for an eighth year. The Passport inspires Nebraskans and tourists to travel the state collecting stamps to earn prizes, while also supporting small businesses, attractions and hidden gems,” said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism executive director. “Every year since its inception the program has gained popularity. In 2016, more than 87,000 total stamps were collected and we expect 2017’s participation to be even better.”

The 2017 Passport will again feature 80 attractions on 10 themed tours with one tour honoring the state’s sesquicentennial. Travelers will have from May 1 through Sept. 30 to visit the attractions and collect their stamps.

“The 2017 Passport program is focused on giving travelers truly memorable experiences,” said Passport program coordinator Erin Wirth. “The 80 Passport stops offer a mix of thrilling, relaxing and unique adventures. Passport travelers will create lifelong memories while they have fun exploring Nebraska. From discovering Nebraska’s hidden gems to celebrating Nebraska’s 150th birthday, the 2017 Passport showcases what makes Nebraska special.”

Passports will be available at participating stops starting May 1 or can be pre-ordered at

Participants are also encouraged to download the Nebraska Passport app for their smartphone and get stamped digitally, supplementing the physical Passport booklet. The passport app will be updated with the 2017 information May 1. Those who used the mobile app last year will need to download the update to see the new program information. To download, search NE Passport in the Apple App Store or the Google Play App Store.

—Kelsey Brummels, College Relations