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National Park Service will waive Entrance Fees During National Park Week
Pipestone National Monument Superintendent Glen Livermont announced that during National Park Week is April 17 to 25, Pipestone National Monument and all National Parks will waive entrances fees. For younger visitors, Saturday, April 24 is National Junior Ranger Day, and each child completing Junior Ranger activities will receive a certificate and a Junior Ranger badge. Some National Parks will offer additional family friendly activities and special offers on tours, lodging, food, and souvenirs. A complete listing of national parks and National Park Week promotions in your area is available at www.nps.gov/npweek
National Park Week, a program of the National Park Service, is an opportunity to engage families and communities in America’s Great Outdoors, reconnecting them with nature and creating close to home opportunities for people to get outside, be active, and have fun.
Pipestone National Monument attracted more than 69,536 visitors in 2009 from all over the world. The Monument offers a ¾ mile walking path, new orientation film, museum, pipestone demonstrators, picnic area and a gift shop. As a visitor you will be able to explore American Indian culture and the natural resources of the tallgrass prairie. Established by Congress in 1937 to protect the historic pipestone quarries, the site is considered sacred by many American Indians. Spanning centuries of use, American Indians continue to quarry pipestone at the Monument.
Superintendent Livermont encourages everyone to take advantage of the fee free opportunity and visit the Monument during National Park Week. To learn more about visiting the Pipestone National Monument, visit the park’s web site at www.nps.gov/pipe or to learn more about the fee-free week in national parks around the country, go to http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm