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This year the theme is “National Parks 101”, referencing the 101st birthday of the National Park Service as well as evoking learning the basics of visiting your parks. To help visitors enjoy their introduction, or reintroduction, to the parks, fees will be waived on both weekends. All National Park sites will be free on April 15, 16, 22 and 23, 2017.
Locally, Scotts Bluff National Monument will celebrate National Park Week with the following events, and you’re invited!
To get things started, Scotts Bluff National Monument will host an early Earth Day celebration, The Monumental Clean Up, on Friday, April 14. Volunteers are invited to join the park staff from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 14 to do a little spring cleaning. This year, participants will work with Rangers to help remove graffiti and help park staff with roadside litter clean up. Volunteers will meet park staff at the visitor center at 9:00 a.m. and should be dressed in long pants and sturdy shoes. Gloves, water and snacks will be available. There will be no entrance fees charged for volunteers and their families assisting with the Monumental Clean Up.
National Junior Ranger Day falls on April 15 this year. In addition to earning a Scotts Bluff National Monument Junior Ranger badge, kids may also work on Junior Paleontologist and Junior Ranger Night Explorer programs.
The annual “An Artist’s Perception” Art Show will kick off on Sunday, April 16. Regional artists from the North Platte Valley Artist Guild will display examples of their art work in various media at the Scotts Bluff National Monument Visitor Center from April 16 through May 14, 2016. The artwork will showcase the scenery and the natural and cultural history of the area. The artists will be honored at a reception sponsored by the Oregon Trail Museum Association on Sunday, April 16 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Please join us for the celebration and vote for your favorite artwork.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to run up the bluff? Spring Up the Bluff will take place on Sunday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m. Bring five of your friends or family members for a fun relay up the summit road. The relay race is organized and sponsored by NEXT Young Professionals. Each team may be composed of one to six members with running and walking divisions and three age categories. Participants may register online at www.bluffrun.eventbrite.com or on race day at 5:30 p.m.
For further information regarding 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 5 p.m. The summit road is open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.