North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park is ready to celebrate: The National Park Service is turning 100!
BISMARCK, N.D. – America’s National Park Service turns 100 on August 25th and nature enthusiasts across the country are celebrating. North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park is in on the party and has even one more reason to rejoice: The United States Mint has selected Theodore Roosevelt National Park to be featured on the quarter-dollar as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.
On August 25th the Centennial Celebration and Quarter Launch will get underway at the Painted Canyon Overlook inside Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Guest speakers will include Congressman Kevin Cramer, Senator John Hoeven, National Park Service Deputy Regional Director for the Midwest Region Patty Trap and author and historian Clay Jenkinson. The US Mint will release the newly designed Theodore Roosevelt National Park quarter following this event and a Pictorial Postmark commemorating the National Park Service Centennial will be available at the Medora Post Office from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Mountain Time.
That evening visitors will have the opportunity to listen to author Clay Jenkinson speak on the history, development and future of the National Park Service at the Cottonwood Campground Amphitheater. Several other events throughout the weekend will allow park-goers to explore both the park itself and also the significance of the National Park Service to the United States (https://www.nps.gov/thro/getinvolved/centennial-at-trnp.htm).
Theodore Roosevelt National Park protects more than 70,000 acres over three park units and welcomes nearly 600,000 visitors every year. The park’s spectacularly rugged and beautiful badlands host a surprising abundance of wildlife – including the park’s famed feral horses – and a diverse ecosystem. In relative solitude, visitors can hike for miles over rounded buttes and through scenic ravines to get a sense for this undeveloped, austere terrain. Family fun packs are available for 24-hour loan at the North and South Unit Visitor Centers to enhance park guests’ experience with binoculars and field guides.
There’s no better time to see and celebrate the landscape that Theodore Roosevelt – and so many others – have fallen in love with. The man said it best himself, “It was here that the romance of my life began.”
This is just one of the many North Dakota activities and events taking place in August. For more information, visit NDtourism.com or call 701-328-2525, 800-435-5663.