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Area Parks Join National Find Your Park Movement
National Park Week 2015 Encourages Everyone To Find Your Park
Interior, SD–Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site join together with parks, programs and partners from across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online atFindYourPark.com. Launched recently by theNational Park Serviceand theNational Park Foundation,Find Your Parkis a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of theNational Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.
Find Your Park invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place -- it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as the National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide.
“Find Your Park” will also be the theme for this year’sNational Park Week,April 18 – 26. Several special programs are available in the Black Hills and Badlands area. Get out and Find Your Park during one of these events or at any nearby National Park Service site.
Jewel Cave, Spring Tour Schedule through National Park Week
Enjoy a Scenic Tour or Discovery Tour at Jewel Cave.Six daily toursare offered Monday through Friday in the month of April. Contact the monument for additional information on upcoming special events to further celebrate the NPS Centennial.
Wind Cave, April 2 – April 30
Wind Cave is sponsoring a Find Your Park video contest with the Hot Springs Middle School. Seventh and eighth grade students are invited to participate by submitting a 1 ½ - 3 minute video following the theme of Find Your Park. The students may work individually or in groups of no more than 4 individuals. The park will work cooperatively with the school to encourage students to participate and by making resources available to the students. Judging will take place via the park’s Facebook page and YouTube channel and prizes will be awarded.
Mount Rushmore, April 18, Visitor Center,2 pm
Join park ranger Bruce Weisman for a presentation on the importance of bats in the ecosystem. Throughout the winter and spring season, Mount Rushmore park rangers are traveling to local schools presenting a variety of education programs to over 1,000 fourth grade students. The public is invited to visit the park just after sunset to enjoy the new sculpture lighting system. The new lights conserve energy, promote night sky opportunities and enhance wildlife habitat.
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site,April 20 – 24, Daily Tours
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site will be offering tours of the Delta-01 Launch Control Facility and underground Launch Control Center by former missileers. Extra tours will be offered from 9am -11am, and from 1pm- 3pm all week. Tours are free, however tickets must be obtained from the visitor center north of the highway off of I-90, Exit 131. Tickets are handed out on a first come/first served basis, with a max of six visitors per tour.
Badlands, April 25, Cedar Pass Campground Amphitheater,7 pm
Artist in Residence Jill Haley will perform music inspired by her stay at Badlands. Ms. Haley plays the oboe and English horn and will be joined by guitarist David Cullen. She has composed music about several other national parks and will also perform some of these pieces. After the musical performance, join rangers for an introduction to the park and night sky viewing with telescopes, weather permitting.
“In the South Dakota Black Hills, we havefound our parks!” remarked Badlands Superintendent Eric Brunnemann. “South Dakota parks each tell a special story about our great state, and it’s high time for all of us to reconnect with the Black Hills and Badlands. Right now; this weekend; come camp, hike, walk, and celebrate with us.”
Visitwww.NationalParkWeek.orgto learn more about how you can join parks, programs, and partners in celebrating National Park Week across the country.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 407 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more atwww.nps.gov.