Late September is a festive time in North Dakota

With the harvest winding down and fall having arrived, it's time to celebrate the end of summer the North Dakota way with a festival. Festivals highlight the true quality and charm of North Dakota. City people venture out to small towns, townsfolk interact and others return home to celebrate with family and friends. To find out more about Applefest, Norsk Hosfest, Fargo Fest or other events, or for a complete list of events, go to or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525

Elk Management in Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Continue With Radio Collaring Operation

Theodore Roosevelt National Park will begin the maintenance phase of its Elk Management Plan with a radio collaring project in the South Unit on September 12 and 13.

"We have completed the reduction phase of our elk management program," said Superintendent Valerie Naylor. "However, we must continue to monitor and maintain the population. Collaring some of the elk will help us to achieve that goal."

September Visitor Activities at Theodore Roosevelt National Park

September visitor center hours are now in effect in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The South Unit Visitor Center in Medora is open daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MDT. Painted Canyon Visitor Center, 6 miles east of Medora off I-94, is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT. The North Unit Visitor Center, located 15 miles south of Watford City on Hwy. 85, is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CDT. All of the park's visitor centers offer free orientation films, exhibits, publications, and information about the park and the surrounding area.

Annual Star Party Explores the Night Sky at Theodore Roosevelt National Park

A dark night sky is the perfect setting for the North Dakota Badlands Star Party in Theodore Roosevelt National Park's North Unit. The annual event will be held on August 17 and 18.

Telescopes will be set up at sunset at the North Unit Wildlife Handling Facility. A constellation tour will be offered as soon as stars are visible, at approximately 10:30 p.m. CDT each night. In addition, the sun can be viewed through a solar telescope, which will be located at the North Unit Visitor Center from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. CDT on Saturday.

Wilderness Hike to Focus on Petrified Forest

A trip into the geologic past will be the focus of the fourth Wilderness Hike of the summer season on Sunday, August 5 in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The hike will venture into the petrified forest area of the park's North Unit, traveling to a remote and seldom visited area of the park.

"Theodore Roosevelt National Park contains the third largest concentration of petrified wood in the U.S.," said Superintendent Valerie J. Naylor. "Exploring the area with a ranger is an excellent way to visit this special place and gain insight into the park's geologic past."

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