2009-09-22 / Headlines


PIERRE, S.D. - BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, On September 26, National Public Lands Day, Badlands National Park will host visitors and volunteers for a special day of service and celebration. Entrance fees will be waived on that day.

"The American people have created 391 national parks and entrusted their care to the National Park Service. With the help of volunteers and park partners, we are proud to preserve these places and to share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year," said Dan Wenk, Acting Director of the National Park Service. "We hope everyone will come out and join us on September 26th to celebrate the parks and our shared commitment to make America's Best Idea even better."

Visitors to Badlands National Park on September 26 will be able to view clips from the new Ken Burns documentary on national parks, "America's Best Idea". Also, Artist in Residence, professional photographer Rick Braveheart, will exhibit photographs he has taken and give visitors lessons on the best ways to photograph Badlands National Park.

National Public Lands Day is a time to celebrate the heritage sites of the United States. All visitors are encouraged to explore these natural and cultural treasures and take the time to learn the significance behind each location. For more information or to discover volunteer opportunities, contact the visitor center at 605-433-5361 or e-mail badl_information@

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