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Contact: Curt Frain, 507-825-5464 ext. 219
Pipestone National Monument Public Lands Day
Pipestone, MN: All National Park Service sites, including Pipestone National Monument, will offer free entrance on Saturday, September 28th for National Public Lands Day
National Public Lands Day brings together many thousands of individual and organizational volunteers to help restore the country's public lands. These are the places Americans use for outdoor recreation, education and just plain enjoyment.
Join us for a national day of service and volunteerism at Pipestone National Monument. Volunteers are needed to assist with the seed collection from the native tall grass prairie. The seeds will be collected from 9:00 am to noon. Volunteers are advised to dress appropriately and to wear sturdy shoes for walking in the prairie. The seeds will be used to continue restoration of the native tall grass prairie on 15 acres of land donated to the Monument by the Trust for Public Land in 2006.Volunteers who participate will receive a National Public Lands Day pass, good for free entry during the next year at public land sites managed by the: Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and USDA Forest Service. The Friends of Pipestone National Monument will be providing a light lunch and other refreshments for volunteers after the seed collection.
In the event of rain on the 28th, the collection of seeds will be postponed until October 5th. As part of the day's activities, participants ages 5-13, which successfully complete the Junior Ranger Activity Booklet, will be entered into a drawing to win an Annual Pipestone National Monument Pass. The Junior Ranger program is designed so youth can make meaningful connections to the resources and special places by the National Park Service.
The winners of the 7th annual Friends of Pipestone National Monument photography contest will be on display in the visitor center. The contest promotes interest and enjoyment of the scenic beauty of the Monument. Please contact a Park Ranger at 507-825-5464 ext. 214 for additional information. To learn more about Pipestone National Monument, visit the park's web site at www.nps.gov/pipe.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 403 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov