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National Park Week, April 22-28, is an annual celebration, which recognizes national parks throughout the country, including Scotts Bluff National Monument.National Parks are living examples of the best this nation has to offer – our magnificent natural landscapes and our varied yet interrelated heritage. Parks can provide recreational experiences, opportunities to learn and grow, and places of quiet refuge. This year during National Park Week, April 21-29 National Park entrance fees are waived nationwide. The theme for this year's event is "Picture yourself in a National Park". All visitors are encouraged to take pictures of friends and relatives while visiting and forward them to the monument to be posted on our Facebook page.
Scotts Bluff National Monument will lead up to National Park Week with an early Earth Day celebration, The Monumental Clean Up, on April 20,2012 in conjunction with the Keep Scottsbluff-Gering Beautiful Committee. Those who wish to volunteer for the park clean up are encouraged to join us from 9 a.m. to on Friday April 20. Each participant will be signed up as a Volunteer-In-the-Park (
The annual "An Artist's Perception" art show will kick off the official start of National Park Week at Scotts Bluff National Monument.Regional artists from the North Platte Valley Artist Guild will display art works in various media at the Scotts Bluff National Monument Visitor Center from April 22 through May 13, 2012. The artists will be honored at a reception sponsored by the Oregon Trail Museum Association on Sunday, April 22 from 2 until 4 p.m. Please join us for the celebration.
National Junior Ranger Day is on Saturday, April 28, 2012 with special opportunities for kids to earn badges, patches and more.
Winding up the week of events is Spring Up the Bluff. This popular relay race takes place on Sunday, April 29 at 4:30 pm. Each team will be composed of six members with running and walking divisions, three age categories and teams may be composed of all male, all female or mixed genders. There is still time for teams to sign up for the race.
This is an excellent opportunity to pick up the Bi-Park Annual Pass for $15, which provides admittance to Scotts Bluff National Monument and Fort Laramie National Historic Site for one year from the date of purchase.
For further information concerning National Park Week events please check the National Monument's web page at www.nps.gov/scbl, or call the Visitor Center at 308-436-9700. The Scotts Bluff National Monument Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. until The summit road remains open from until All Monument trails are open from sunrise until sunset.