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Badlands National Park Celebrates 97th Birthday of the National Park Service

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Date: August 21, 2013
Contact: Aaron Kaye, 605-433-5243

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, INTERIOR, S.D. — Badlands National Park will celebrate the 97th birthday of the National Park Service by offering free admission on Sunday, August 25, 2013.

“Birthdays are a time to celebrate and we want everyone to join the party,” said Badlands National Park Superintendent Eric Brunnemann. “National parks celebrate our shared heritage as Americans and offer special memories for all. So visit both the North Unit and South Unit of the park – wander a trail, enjoy the landscape, take in the scenery. Enjoy all that Badlands National Park, our local public lands, and communities have to offer.”

With the creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, the United States was the first country to set aside its most significant places as national parks so that they could be enjoyed by all. When President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation that created the National Park Service on Aug. 25, 1916, there were 37 national parks.

Today, we care for 401 national parks throughout the country – each one an important part of our collective identity. Some parks commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn something. Plan your visit at www.nps.gov/findapark .

The mission of the National Park Service extends beyond parks into communities across the country, where we work with partners to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities that revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life. To see what we do here in South Dakota, go to www.nps.gov/badl.

About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov and visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice

For more park information, see http://www.nps.gov/badl

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Did You Know?

Sandstone caprock balanced atop eroding sediments, an example of a toadstool or hoodoo

The badlands are some of the fastest eroding landscapes on earth with erosion rates averaging 1” per year in their fragile layers. However, in areas where sandstone is found, the erosion rate may be 1” in 500 years. Often, toadstools form when surrounding sediments erode beneath a sandstone caprock.