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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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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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90 Minutes in TR National Park

90 Minutes in TR National Park

July is almost over, and most of us are busy packing as much life and enjoyment as possible into the remaining weeks of summer.  It had been a while since I had been through the Theodore Roosevelt National Park; in fact, it had been much too long.  I didn’t want to miss the chance to enjoy the park in its summer glory.  Even though I only had about an hour and a half to spend there around other items on my schedule, I decided to go for a quick drive through the loop.

Grasses wave and clouds swirl on a July afternoon in TR National Park.

I have always felt that TRNP is one of the “best kept secrets” of the national park system.  Beautiful, clean, and never crowded, it’s the perfect afternoon drive if you want to clear your mind and fill up your senses. The 36-mile paved loop road winds lazily around hills and past creek beds, under tree branches, sometimes with only a handful of other cars in sight.

Although early mornings and evenings are the best time to try to catch a glimpse of the park wildlife during the heat of summer, I was hoping I’d luck out and stumble across some animals in the afternoon sun.  Prairie dogs are a given – you will inevitably spot those little guys popping out of their ground holes, sitting up to assess your vehicle, barking out a greeting to a neighboring dog, and just as quickly darting back down inside.

Pathway along Wind Canyon in TR National Park.

After enjoying the prairie dog town, I was taken in by colors. Mid-summer is the time of year when grasses start to dry out and add shades of light greens, yellows, and browns to the never-changing scoria reds and cedar greens of the badlands. The view from Wind Canyon was, as always, breathtaking, with occasional clouds threatening sprinkles and adding grays and navies to the summer blue sky.

 

 

 

 

Some buffalo kick up a little dust in TR National Park.

Some wild horses posed on the horizon from a distance, but not close enough to get a good look. Then I turned a corner around a butte, and was greeted by a buffalo herd roadblock!  Mothers with their calves grazed on the grass or rested on their sides.  A couple of the furry beasts got in a scuffle and kicked up a little dust in their wake while the others ignored their horseplay.

 

A wild horse gets frisky in TR National Park.

The oddball in the herd was a lone wild horse, who was busy doing some heel-kicking on its own!

The drive was over before I knew it, but the vivid landscape and surprising wildlife left me wanting more time in the park. Resolved to make it a more regular stop on my summer calendar, I challenge you to do the same as you venture to Medora!

 

 

 

 

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