Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Fee Free Entry
Contact: Jennie Albrinck , 605-433-5240
Badlands National Park will be joining national park units across the country in celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) with fee free entry into the park.
National Public Lands Day began in 1994 and is intended to encourage shared stewardship of our nation's public lands. Today, NPLD is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance federal, state and local public lands. In Badlands National Park, dedicated volunteers and staff will be working with park visitors at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center, providing information on enjoying the park's many hiking, camping and other recreational activities.
Superintendent Eric Brunnemann stated that "This day allows us to recognize those who protect and serve our public lands in our own agency as well as our partners."
This year, NPLD will be celebrated on Saturday, September 29.Visitors who arrive on the 29th will be allowed to enter the park free of charge. Those who plan to spend time in the park beyond the 29th will need to pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay.
Park visitors are reminded that the fee-free designation applies to entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, reservations, tours, or use of concessions. Park entrance stations will have Interagency Senior and Annual Passes available for those who wish to purchase them.
Additional fee-free days in 2012 will include Veteran's Day weekend (November 10 - 12.)
To learn more about National Public Lands Day, please visit the NPLD web site.
Did You Know?
During the Age of Dinosaurs, a warm, shallow sea covered the Great Plains, including what is now Badlands. Since dinosaurs were land creatures, no fossils of these animals have been found in the park. Giant marine lizards called mosasaurs swam in the ancient sea, along with sea turtles and fish.