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Contact: Bradley Block, 605-673-8330
National Park Week starts on Saturday, April 21 with a fee free day for guided cave tours at Jewel Cave. All regularly scheduled tours on this date will be free of charge, and tickets will be made available on a first come first served basis. National park sites across the country that normally charge an entrance fee will also offer free entrance on the first day of the special event week.
The theme for National Park Week in 2018 is “Park Stars,” celebrating everything from starry skies to superstar volunteers, park features, and resources. Parks, programs, and partners nationwide invite people everywhere to explore stories, experiences, and sites that brighten the National Park System and public lands. Come visit Jewel Cave and witness the “jewels” of the resource through a guided tour or taking part in a ranger-led program for families.
- Saturday, April 21 / Hwy 16 Roadside Clean-Up Project with the Paha Sapa Grotto / 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Meet at the Visitor Center)
- Saturday, April 21 / Living in the Light of Discovery – by Caver Chris Pelczarski / 1 p.m. (Visitor Center)
- Saturday, April 21 / National Junior Ranger Day – Hiking on the Roof Trail / 2 p.m. (Visitor Center)
- Thursday, April 26 / Newcastle Library Program – Illustrating Cave Rooms / 4:15 p.m. (Weston County Library – Newcastle, Wyoming)
National Park Week is a time to visit amazing places, learn the stories of our nation’s history and culture, help out with Earth Day activities, and reenergize with some natural scenery. Acting Superintendent Nancy Martinz states, “The spring season is a great time of year to explore and discover your public lands. Jewel Cave is preparing for another exciting season, and National Park Week helps kick off the idea of getting people out and about … to find their park.”
For more information about the 2018 Calendar of Events at Jewel Cave, call the visitor center directly at (605) 673-8300 or visit the Monument online at www.nps.gov/jeca/planyourvisit/calendar. For those wanting to know the daily happenings and projects at Jewel Cave, follow the Monument through social media at www.facebook.com/JewelCaveNPS or www.instagram.com/jewelcavenps.