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Contact: Riley Hays, 605-673-8332
The Outdoor Campus in Rapid City is excited to host Park Ranger Riley Hays of Jewel Cave National Monument on Tuesday, August 30, at 6:30 p.m. for a special Centennial program. The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016.
Ranger Hays, Centennial Coordinator for the Monument, will be sharing the history of the National Park Service and why protecting natural, historical, and cultural areas is so important. Additionally, there will be a fun National Park trivia contest after the presentation. Everyone with an interest in federal public lands is encouraged and invited to attend.
Campus Director Chad Tussing states, "The South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Department partners with the National Park Service on various projects.We are delighted to help them celebrate the Centennial with a special presentation in Rapid City."The program will be conducted in the Aldo Leopold Classroom.The Outdoor Campus - West is located on Sturgis Road on the northwest side of Rapid City. More information and directions can be found online at www.outdoorcampus.org.
Superintendent Bonnie Schwartz states, "Although we celebrated Founders Day, the official100th birthday of the National Park Service yesterday, we are commemorating the NPS Centennial all year.We hope to engage new audiences into the fall season by offering different programs in our surrounding communities.The Outdoor Campus –West is a great venue, and we are excited to partner with such a wonderful educational facility."
Jewel Cave is currently open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with four different cave tour options.For more information, visit the Monument online at www.nps.gov/jeca. Visitors are also welcome to call the Monument directly at (605) 673-8300.