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Pipestone National Monument Celebrates Founder's Day
(Pipestone, MN) Superintendent Glen Livermont announced today that Pipestone National Monument will celebrate Founder's Day Thursday, August 25, 2011, to commemorate the establishment of both the National Park Service and Pipestone National Monument.
Congress established the National Park Service on August 25, 1916, with thirty-five national parks and monuments administered under the Department of Interior. This year the National Park Service is celebrating its 95th birthday.Pipestone National Monument was added to the system by Congress on August 25, 1937.Today, 394 units make up the National Park System.
The Monument will provide complimentary cake and coffee to visitors at the Pipestone National Monument Visitor Center between 11 am and 2 pm. The visitor center is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The winners of the fifth annual photography contest will be on display in the visitor center. Sponsored by the Friends of Pipestone National Monument, this contest promotes interest and enjoyment of the scenic beauty of the Monument, as well as offering prizes for the winning entries. Stop in to enjoy the many different photographs of the Monument and pick up an application to enter your photo into the 2011 contest.
To promote the Monument's Junior Ranger program there will be Junior Ranger activities ongoing all day. The Monument offers youth the opportunity to join the National Park Service Family as Junior Rangers. During their park visit, interested youth complete activities focusing on the natural and cultural resources of the Monument.They will receive an official Junior Ranger badge and Junior Ranger certificate.In addition, all youth receiving a Junior Ranger badge will be eligible to enter a raffle to win a Pipestone National Monument Annual Pass.The Pass will admit the winning youth and all family members for one full year.
For more information on Founders Day, the Friends photo contest, or Junior Rangers please call the Monument at 507-825-5464 ext. 214.