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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!

Park Entrance Fees Waived for Veterans Day Weekend

To commemorate Veterans Day, the National Park Service is offering free admission at all park units Saturday, November 9 through Monday, November 11.  Entrance fees will be waived at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, giving visitors one last fee-free opportunity to enjoy spectacular badlands scenery before winter.

“It is important to remember our veterans, including Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, and what they have done for our country,” said Superintendent Valerie Naylor.  “Spending a single day or an entire weekend enjoying our national parks is a wonderful way to honor our veterans and celebrate our national heritage.”

The North and South Unit Visitor Centers will be open for business.  The South Unit Visitor Center will be open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST and the North Unit Visitor Center will be open 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST.

The other two national park units in North Dakota – Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site near Williston and Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton – are among the more than 200 national parks that never charge entrance fees.

Information on all 401 national park units is available at www.nps.gov.