LINCOLN, Neb. – The Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center at Chadron State College will be included among the 70 attractions in Nebraska Tourism’s 2020 Nebraska Passport program that kicks off later this spring. The passport program encourages tourists to travel throughout the state collecting stamps to earn prizes, while also supporting Nebraska’s tourism destinations.
The start date has been delayed to May 23 because of uncertainty due to COVID-19. The end date of the program has also been extended to Oct. 31, previously Sept. 30. Due to the rapidly evolving nature of COVID-19, the new start and end dates are subject to change.
John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director, said while it’s unfortunate to push back the start date, it’s the best decision, based on current health concerns.
“The Nebraska Passport program has a huge positive economic impact and we’re excited to encourage traveling to hidden gems throughout the state when the program launches on its new start date,” Ricks said.
Passports will be available at participating stops starting May 23 or can be pre-ordered at NebraskaPassport.com. Participants are also encouraged to download the Nebraska Passport app, which will be updated May 23 and get digital stamps, supplementing the printed booklet. Those who used the 2019 mobile app will need to download the new app, by searching for "NE Passport 2020" in the Apple App Store or Google Play App Store.
—CSC College Relations