• Artist George Catlin recorded the quarrying activity at the pipestone quarries in 1836


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Discover Minnesota Presentation, April 24th, 2014

Pipestone, MN: Glen Livermont, Superintendent, at Pipestone National Monument, announces a presentation "Discover Minnesota" at the Pipestone National Monument Visitor Center, Pipestone, Minnesota, on Thursday, April 24th, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Park Ranger, Cortney Adair, will take visitors on a voyage, through history, culture, and wildlife; with a presentation "The National Park Legacy in Minnesota", followed by a film which takes viewers on a visual exploration of the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway. The riverway is one of eight original rivers designated by Congress when the National Wild & Scenic Rivers Program was established in 1968.


"Go wild" National Park Week is April 19 – 27

Pipestone, MN: The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation invite everyone to get to know their national parks during National Park Week. This year's dates are April 19 – 27, with free admission to all national parks April 19 & 20.

This year's theme is "National Park Week: Go Wild!" From diverse wildlife and iconic landscapes to vibrant culture and rich history, our National Park System has something for everyone. Our national parks are kicking off National Park Week with fee-free entrance days on Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20! So, whether you're a hiker, a historian, a romantic, a family with kids, a crowd-lover or someone seeking solitude, there couldn't be a better time to get out and explore!


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 243,000 jobs 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."

Full Story: http://www.nbcnews.com/business/travel/national-parks-contribute-billions-economy-report-finds-n43431

Resource Management Newsletter - The Resource Newsletter concerns: the prairie restoration project, the nicollet marker activities, the hawk moths, the threatened prairie fringed orchid, the control burn on the prairie, and volunteers at the park.

Did You Know?

Tallgrass prairie landscape with Big Bluestem Grass

Pipestone National Monument is one of the few remaining areas of native tallgrass prairie. Over 400,000 square miles of tall grass prairie once covered the Midwest. Less than 1% of the original tall grass prairie remains today. More...