Pipestone National Monument Launches Every Kid in a Park Pass

Pipestone, MN: Pipestone National Monument is proud to help launch the Every Kid in a Park program as part of President Obama's commitment to protect our nation's unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them.

As of September 1, fourth graders nationwide can visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters–including national parks, forests and wildlife refuges. The pass is valid through August 31, 2016 and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000federally-managed sites.

National Public Lands Day at Pipestone National Monument

Pipestone, MN: All National Park Service sites, including Pipestone National Monument, will offer free entrance on Saturday,September 26th for National Public Lands Day. In the event of rain on the 26th,the collection of seeds will be postponed until October 3rd.

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Seven federal agencies as well as nonprofit organizations and state, regional, and local governments participate in the annual day of improving the health of public lands and encouraging shared stewardship through volunteer service. These are the places Americans use for outdoor recreation, education and just plain enjoyment.

National Parks Contribute Billions to Economy

Released on Monday, the report from the National Park Service states that recreational visits to the 401 units of the National Park System in 2012 resulted in $14.7 billion in spending in "gateway" communities —those within 60 miles of a park. Factoring in the secondary effects of that spending, those expenditures supported 243,000jobs and contributed $26.8 billion to the national economy. "Our parks are economic engines for local communities," said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. "They support business ranging from motels and restaurants to gas stations and tour companies and, of course, the people who work in those businesses."


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