National Park Week - 2011
Contact: Eileen Andes, 701-623-4466
Healthy Parks, Healthy People is Focus of National Park Week
Springtime is upon us and Theodore Roosevelt National Park is the perfect place to shake off the winter doldrums with National Park Week, April 16 - 24. Visits to the park during this annual celebration will be free, as the National Park Service is offering free entrance at all of its 394 parks which regularly charge fees starting Saturday.
The focus of this year's National Park Week is Healthy Parks, Healthy People, highlighting the connection between human and environmental health and the vital role America's national parks play in both.
"Theodore Roosevelt National Park is an excellent place to enjoy the outdoors after a long winter," said Superintendent Valerie Naylor. "Whether you prefer a short hike, an overnight trip into the backcountry, watching returning migratory birds, or viewing newborn bison and feral horses, the park offers opportunities for just about everyone to explore and discover."
Kids and their families are invited to "Calling All Rangers," an interactive program about national parks and the rangers who work in them, to be presented on both Saturdays, April 16 & 23 at 2 p.m. MDT in the South Unit Visitor Center. Children who attend will become National Park Junior Rangers.
A variety of national park movies will be shown in the North and South Unit Visitor Centers on both weekends: at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. MST in the South Unit and at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. CDT in the North Unit. Films will also be shown upon request Monday through Friday of National Park Week.
For further information, please call the South Unit Visitor Center at 701-623-4730 ext. 3417 or the North Unit Visitor Center at 701-842-2333. You may also visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/thro. Additional information about the National Park System and other National Park Week activities is available at www.nps.gov.