National Park Service Centennial Events
MEDORA, ND: Theodore Roosevelt National Park will join the National Park Service in celebrating its 100th anniversary, offering a variety of activities and events Thursday, August 25 through Sunday.
The celebration will begin with the release of the America the Beautiful Quarter honoring Theodore Roosevelt National Park on Thursday, August 25 at 10:00 a.m. MDT at Painted Canyon Visitor Center.
Hosted by the National Park Service and the United States Mint, the event will include a coin exchange where the public can trade cash for $10 rolls of newly minted Theodore Roosevelt National Park quarters. Children under 18 will each receive a new quarter, courtesy of the U. S. Mint. School children will have the opportunity to join rangers in creating NPS Centennial murals which will be displayed in park visitor centers. Painted Canyon is off highway I-94 at exit 32.
Historian and Theodore Roosevelt scholar Clay Jenkinson will be a featured speaker at the quarter release and will conclude his summer lecture series with two presentations. The first, “The History, Development, and Future of the National Park Service,” will be at the Cottonwood Campground amphitheater at 8:00 p.m. MDT on Thursday, August 25. On Friday, August 26, Jenkinson will present “Roosevelt and the National Refuge System” at 10:00 a.m. in the South Unit Visitor Center.
Friday’s activities include a Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter Celebration at the First International Bank and Trust in Watford City at 10:00 a.m. CDT and “A Visit With Theodore Roosevelt” with Roosevelt reenactor Arch Ellwein at the park’s North Unit Juniper Campground amphitheater at 8:00 p.m.
The public is invited to join a ranger for a Wilderness Hike to explore the badlands and more remote areas of the park’s North Unit on Saturday, August 27 at 8:30 a.m. CDT. The 7-mile hike will be through rugged terrain; bring plenty of water (1 gallon/person/day), wear sturdy hiking shoes, and bring sunscreen.
The weekend’s events conclude with an excursion to the park’s Elkhorn Ranch Unit, site of Theodore Roosevelt’s “home ranch.” Meet at the South Unit Visitor Center for a short introduction at Roosevelt’s Maltese Cross Cabin at 9:00 a.m. MDT. Bring water and a sack lunch and wear sturdy shoes. Be prepared for a car caravan to the Elkhorn Ranch; a high clearance vehicle is recommended.
Please note the park’s North Unit is in the Central Time Zone and the South Unit is on the Mountain Time Zone.
For a complete listing of Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s Centennial celebration activities, please visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/thro.