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National Park Week Celebrates "Picture Yourself in a National Park"
National parks offer free entrance April 21 - 29
Pipestone, MN: Join us April 21-29 as America celebrates National Park Week - a chance to explore, share, and support our nation's nearly 400 national parks. Take this opportunity to come out and discover 84 million acres of the world's most spectacular scenery, historic landmarks and cultural treasures. Most importantly, National Park Week is a chance for all Americans to experience the majesty of the national park system for FREE. Visit any of America's national parks and enjoy free admission all week long!
'Picture Yourself in a National Park' and don't go alone! Bring a child with you. Teach him or her the special meaning of these majestic places, ensuring that the parks will be cared for in the next generation and beyond. Together, we are all owners, protectors and lovers of this land.
Saturday, April 28, is National Junior Ranger Day, an opportunity for young visitors to participate in completing Junior Ranger activities to receive an official NPS Junior Ranger certificate and badge. A complete listing of national parks and National Park Week promotions in your area is available at www.nationalparkweek.org
In 2011, the Monument attracted 63,113 visitors from the United States and around the world. The Monument offers a ¾mile walking path, 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.
National Park Service (NPS) Passes are available for purchase throughout the year at the Monument including National Park Week.To learn more about visiting the Pipestone National Monument and the NPS passes, 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 395 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