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Contact: Eileen Andes, 701-623-4466
MEDORA, ND: The National Park Service will celebrate its 98th birthday on Monday, August 25. Entrance fees will be waived at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, giving visitors a late summer opportunity to enjoy the park free of charge.
"National parks are 'America's Best Idea' and were established for everyone to enjoy," said Superintendent Valerie Naylor. "This is an excellent chance for visitors to help us celebrate this legacy while they explore the park, spend time outdoors, and enjoy the beautiful summer weather. We'd like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the park is always open and we welcome visitors to take advantage of this fee free day."
Cookies and lemonade will be served throughout the day in the North and South Unit Visitor Centers by the Friends of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Ranger-led interpretive programs will be offered in both units. The park also provides opportunities for scenic driving, wildlife watching, hiking, camping, and a Junior Ranger Program for children. Regular camping fees will be charged.
The two other national park units in North Dakota –Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site near Williston and Knife River Indian Villages near Stanton –are among the 268 units that never charge entrance fees.
For more information about Theodore Roosevelt National Park and upcoming activities, please visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/thro. Theodore Roosevelt National Park is on social media! Follow us on Twitter @TRooseveltNPS and "like" us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheodoreRooseveltNationalPark.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov,on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.