6 Legendary ways to entertain "F-A-M-I-L-Y" in North Dakota

North Dakota's legendary activities are designed with the family in mind. Don't just tell the kids to get outdoors, join them on a hike or a bike ride, go swimming or visit a national park or historic site. Or play catch then take in a RedHawks baseball game. Try these activities and share your experiences with Travel North Dakota fans at www.facebook.com/TravelND.

National Park Wilderness Hike Highlights Backcountry Springs

Fresh water springs are few and far between in the badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but they are an important source of water this dry environment. A Wilderness Hike to one of the natural springs in the park's designated wilderness will be offered on Sunday, July 1.

"Backcountry springs sustain a wide variety of wildlife and plants in the park," said Superintendent Valerie Naylor. "This hike will be an excellent opportunity to spend some time with a ranger while exploring the challenges of life in the badlands."

North Dakota promoted to outdoor enthusiasts at regional sports shows

Bismarck, N.D. - A delegation of North Dakota travel and tourism officials promoted North Dakota's bountiful outdoor adventures, specifically hunting and fishing, at regional sports shows.

North Dakota Department of Commerce Tourism Outdoor Promotion Manager Mike Jensen recently attended five sports shows in the Upper Midwest and was joined by industry representatives from Brad Durick Outdoors, Bully Pulpit Golf Course, Cannonball Company, Devils Lake Tourism, Eastbay Campground, Garrison Chamber of Commerce, Harvey JDA and Woodland Resort.

Riverdale Airport is Open

The Riverdale/Garrison Dam Recreational Airport (identifier 37N) is open again! The airport was temporarily closed to allow for new seeding and the runway is looking great. One of North Dakota's two state-owned airports, the Riverdale airport provides convenient access to the tailrace and a unique approach in which landing is beneath the lake's water level! The airport is also ready to provide a stamp for your passport - part of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission and Tourism Department's Passport Program.

Annual Bird Walk and Breakfast to be Held in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

The Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association invites birders of all ages and experience levels to participate in the 58th Annual Bird Walk on Sunday, June 3. The walk will start at 6:30 a.m. MDT in the Cottonwood Campground in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

The casual one-hour stroll will meander along the Little Missouri River in search of as many bird species as possible. Each year, 40-50 species are heard and seen during this popular event.

North Dakota Travel and Tourism Week celebrates the state's third-largest industry

Tourism attractions and destinations celebrate with activities and prizes

Bismarck, N.D. - To celebrate North Dakota's tourism industry and kick off the summer travel season, Gov. Jack Dalrymple has declared May 5 -13 "North Dakota Travel and Tourism Week." It's held in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week, an annual salute to the tourism and travel industry that highlights the industry's benefits and importance to communities and Americans.

Picture Yourself at Theodore Roosevelt National Park During National Park Week

Springtime is upon us and Theodore Roosevelt National Park is the perfect place to visit and explore during National Park Week, April 21 - 29. Visits to the park during this annual celebration will be free, as the National Park Service is offering free entrance at all of its 397 parks which regularly charge fees.

"Picture Yourself in a National Park" is the focus of this year's National Park Week. As part of the festivities, the park's new film will premier on Saturday, April 21 at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. MDT in the South Unit Visitor Center.

Park Elk Reduction Finished Ahead of Schedule

The National Park Service is moving into the maintenance phase of the Elk Management Plan in Theodore Roosevelt National Park this fall, after two highly successful elk reduction efforts during 2010-2011.

"Outstanding efforts by park staff and nearly 400 volunteers resulted in the removal of 868 elk from the park over the past two years," said Superintendent Valerie J. Naylor. "We have met our goal of reducing the population of elk in the South Unit."

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