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Third Annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival to Be Held at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora

Third Annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival to Be Held at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora

Astronomy Ranger at TRNP

MEDORA, ND: Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora invite curious minds of all ages to spend an early autumn weekend exploring our wondrous universe. Park rangers, astronomers, and space enthusiasts of all types will gather for the Third Annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13.

This year’s special guest speakers will touch on a wide variety of topics. Dr. Craig Howe, a Lakota scholar and enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe will speak on Friday evening about winter counts and how they record Lakota history. On Saturday evening, explore our connections with the universe with Dave Weinrich, retired planetarium coordinator at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Other speakers include Park Ranger-Astronomers Erik Jensen, Kate and Jeff Zylland.

“People have been studying the night skies for millennia,” said Chief of Interpretation Eileen Andes. “Dakota Nights celebrates the beauty and fragility of this awe-inspiring resource and makes it accessible and fun for people of all ages. You don’t have to be an astronomy expert; the festival has something for everyone.”

Daytime activities include model rocket building and launching, a “build your own telescope” workshop, “sun gazing,” solar system hikes, family astronomy activities, and presentations in Dickinson State University’s Discovery Dome. Evening events will reveal the mysteries of the universe while star gazing in a field of more than a dozen telescopes manned by astronomers and park rangers.

The Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival is a partnership between Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora. “Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival would not be possible without our partners and the many volunteers who join us in celebrating the night sky,” said Andes. Partners include Medora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Medora Chamber of Commerce, Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association, Friends of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Dickinson State University, Chateau De Mores State Historic Site, North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, Badlands Ministries, and Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

A complete listing of all activities and an event map are available on the park’s website at www.nsp.gov/thro.

Contact:
Eileen Andes
eileen_andes@nps.gov
701-623-4466

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
P.O. Box 7
Medora, ND 58645
701-623-4466
www.nps.gov/thro
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Theodore Roosevelt National Park Welcomes 4th Grade Students through Every Kid in a Park Initiative

New National Program Encourages Families and Classes to Visit National Parks

Medora, ND – Theodore Roosevelt National Park invites all 4th grade students to visit the park for free as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program. Starting September 1, 4th grade students can now go to the Every Kid in a Park website to complete an activity and obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.

“During the National Park Service’s centennial celebration, we want everyone to get to know their national parks, and we’re offering a special invitation to fourth graders and their families to discover everything that national parks offer,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “We hope these free passes for fourth graders will introduce 4th graders, their classes, and families to our national treasures, places where they can run and play, explore and learn.”

Theodore Roosevelt National Park offers a variety of activities that fourth graders and their families can enjoy, including the annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival on September 11 – 13, a Junior Ranger Program, astronomy programs and full moon hikes during the summer, and Family Fun Packs to borrow.

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To receive their free pass for national parks, fourth graders can visit www.everykidinapark.gov and play a game to receive a pass voucher. READ MORE »

Tales of Medora: How the Theodore Roosevelt National Park Began

Tales of Medora: How the Theodore Roosevelt National Park Began

Medora is a town full of fun and beauty — and nothing accentuates that beauty more than the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. In this “Tale of Medora,” we explore what went into the creation of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. From the political leg-work to the final celebration; there is a whole story behind the creation of the TRNP and it’s fascinating! The following is an excerpt taken from Rolf Sletten’s book, “Medora: Boom, Bust, and Resurrection.” Enjoy!

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Annual Theodore Roosevelt National Park Photo Contest Set to Begin

Annual Theodore Roosevelt National Park Photo Contest Set to Begin

The Theodore Roosevelt National Park is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual “Picture Yourself in Theodore Roosevelt National Park” Photo Contest will begin on April 18. Entries for the contest will be accepted through September 1, 2015.

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Dakota Nights: Second Annual Astronomy Festival to Be Held at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora

This blog is courtesy of our friends at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

The second annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival will be held September 19-21, 2014 in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and throughout the City of Historic Medora. Guest speakers include aurora borealis expert Dr. Joe Shaw, Hubble Space Telescope scientist and Mercury mission planner Mark “Indy” Kochte, and Kevin “the Dark Ranger” Poe from Bryce Canyon National Park. Daytime activities include model rocket building and launching, programs inside Dickinson State University’s Discovery Dome, solar viewing, solar system hikes, and hands-on activities. Evening stargazing with a field of telescopes manned by park rangers and astronomers will take place at Peaceful Valley Ranch. The full schedule of events is available for download at www.nps.gov READ MORE »

Photo Contest Underway at Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Photo Contest Underway at Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Third Annual Photo Contest Underway at
Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association are pleased to announce the Third Annual “Picture Yourself in Theodore Roosevelt National Park” Photo Contest. Entries for the contest will be accepted through September 1, 2014. READ MORE »

Theodore Roosevelt National Park named a best kid-friendly attraction by FamilyFun magazine

Theodore Roosevelt National Park named a best kid-friendly attraction by FamilyFun magazine

Theodore Roosevelt National Park was ranked in FamilyFun magazine’s annual listing of best kid-friendly locations and vacation spots in the country. The national park, located in western North Dakota, was named as one of the top 10 national parks and preserves. READ MORE »

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Ranked as one of America’s Ten Best Presidential Attractions

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Ranked as one of America’s Ten Best Presidential Attractions

The marvelous Theodore Roosevelt National Park has finished 5th in Travel Channel’s competition for “Best Presidential Attractions”. With unparalleled beauty, we can see why it ranks so high.
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National Spotlight Shines on Theodore Roosevelt National Park

TRNP up for USA Today
Readers’ Choice Award

(MEDORA, ND) – Theodore Roosevelt National Park is in the running for the USA Today-Travel Readers’ Choice award for “Best Presidential Attraction”. TRNP is up for the award among only twenty other attractions from around the nation – attractions such as the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and Mount Rushmore.

Voting is open to the public and voters are allowed to vote once per day. All votes must be cast by noon on March 3. The top attraction will be named on March 5.

Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation Marketing Director, Justin Fisk, says, “We here at the Medora Foundation are extremely happy for our friends at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. To be up for such an award is a testament to the majesty of the Park and is a compliment to the Park staff who work day-in and day-out to maintain the beauty of Theodore Roosevelt National Park for the hundreds of thousands of people who enjoy it each year. President Roosevelt himself would be proud.”

Theodore Roosevelt National Park currently sits third in the vote rankings. To cast your vote and for more information, go to 10Best.com/awards/travel

Readers’ Choice awards are a staple of USA Today-Travel. In conjunction with the travel blog 10Best, USA Today-Travel provides its users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content on top attractions, things to do, and restaurants for destinations in the United States and the world.

PRESS CONTACT:
Justin Fisk, Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
justinf@medora.com

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4 Astonishing Hiking Trails in TRNP You Must Experience.

If you haven’t heard, North Dakota Tourism came out with some fantastic new ads promoting our great state. One of our favorite’s shows the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in all its majesty. The ad goes on to show many of our favorite land marks and gets everybody here in Medora excited about going on a hike.

The ad also got us thinking, what are some of the must see spots when you go to TRNP? After much debate, here is our top four:

1. The Maltese Cross Cabin
Originally located about seven miles south of Medora in the wooded bottom-lands of the Little Missouri, the Maltese Cross Ranch was one of the places Theodore Roosevelt stayed during his time in North Dakota. Now located at the TRNP South Unit Visitors Center, this is a must-see window into the past, and the President’s time in the Dakota Territory.

2. Wind Canyon
Enjoy hiking this nature trail alongside a wind-sculpted canyon as you climb to the best views of the Little Missouri River. It’s the Park Ranger’s best kept secret for watching sunsets.

3. Buck Hill
Located one mile north of Paddock Creek, Buck Hill is a great vantage point to see wild horses or roaming buffalo. It’s a steep trail, but it’s worth every step.

4. Petrified Forest
Located in the remote northwest corner of the South Unit, this hike takes you through ancient petrified forests and badlands wilderness. The loop includes the North and South Petrified Forest Trails as well as the Maah Daah Hey.

These are just four of the many great hikes TRNP has to offer. If biking is more your style, bicycles are welcome on the paved roads of TRNP, and for the more experienced rider, the Maah Daah Hey trail is an exciting ride. This summer get the family to put down their phones and pick up their feet by coming out to Medora and going on a hike or bike ride through the amazing Badlands.

Oh, here is that video that got everybody excited in the first place!