North Dakota's Best Idea — Theodore Roosevelt National Park
“I grow very fond of this place, and it certainly has a desolate, grim beauty of its own, that has a curious fascination for me.” - Theodore Roosevelt
Annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival to Be Held at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora
The fifth annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival will be held September 15 - 17 in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the town of Historic Medora. This year’s guest speakers are astronomer and NASA Ambassador Lynn Powers; Dr. Paul Barnhart of the Department of Natural Sciences at Dickinson State University; and NASA Solar System Ambassador and educator Chris Milford.
Founders Day 2016
Spring 2017 Newsletter
The Founders Day celebration in 2016 was extra special as it coordinated with the US Mint officially releasing the Theodore Roosevelt National Park quarter. The Mint released the quarter at a special ceremony at Painted Canyon. The scenic overlook provided a dramatic background for the event that was attended by dignitaries and area school children.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park gears up for a busy year: "TRNP is anticipating a sizable boost in visitors thanks to both centennial events and North Dakota Tourism’s nationwide marketing push" — Read more at The Dickinson Press.
The mission of this non-profit organization is to support the natural, cultural, and scenic resources, and the spirit and sense of place of the three units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the Little Missouri River that unites them in the badlands of North Dakota.
This will be accomplished by advocating for the park, raising public awareness, engaging youth, and raising funds for projects that support the park's mission and Theodore Roosevelt's conservation legacy.
Friends of Theodore Roosevelt National Park is eager to help Theodore Roosevelt National Park with friend-raising. Our first donation of park support was to be a sponsor of the North Dakota sneak preview (September 17, 2009) of the Ken Burns Film: The National Parks - America's Best Idea. One of the Friends Group board members, Clay Jenkinson, was featured as a scholar in two episodes of the Ken Burns film series.
Many North Dakotans love their national park, but few are truly engaged with the park and its issues. Young people have not been well engaged, but in the past year the park has seen more youth and families visit. The Friends Group hopes to help capitalize on both the recent Ken Burns film and the resurgence of family visitors and help to inspire other young people to get to know the park.
In addition, we hope to help the park reach other under-served groups, including those who often take Theodore Roosevelt National Park for granted.
The 2017 Board of Directors
President - Larry Heilmann
Vice President - Tama Smith
Secretary - Lisa Omlid
Treasurer - Paul Barnhart
Additional Board Members
Wendy Ross, Superintendent, Theodore Roosevelt National Park - Medora, ND
Eileen Andes, Chief of Interpretation, Theodore Roosevelt National Park - Medora, ND
TRNP Special Programs 2016
Night at Museum March 19, 6:00 p.m. South Unit Visitor Center
Jr. Ranger Day April 16 All Day South Unit Visitor Center
National Park Week (Fee Free Week) Apr 16-23 All Day TRNP
National Trails Day June 4 All Day TRNP
62nd Annual Bird Walk (Hosted by TRNHA) June 5 6:30 a.m. Campground
BioBlitz (Hosted by DSU) June 24-25 (Time Varies) Peaceful Valley
Teddy Bear Picnic (Hosted by TRNHA) July 10 (Time TBA) South Unit Picnic Area
Terry Tempest Williams (Hosted by TRNHA) July 24 (Time TBA) Cottonwood Campground
Founders Day (Quarter Release) Aug 25 10:00 a.m. Painted Canyon
Dakota Nights Sept 23-25 (Time Varies) TRNP South Unit
Photo Award Display (Presented by TRNHA) Dec 3 All Day South Unit Visitor Center
Bird Count Dec 18 8:00 a.m. South Unit Visitor Center
We wish to thank the following for their generosity
in helping the Friends of Theodore Roosevelt National Park preserve and protect our park:
The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
The Home Merchant
The Buffalo Gap Gift Shop and Stitchery
Joe and Katherine Satrom
Hoeschler-O’Brien Fund of the Saint Paul Foundation
The Alice M. O’Brien Foundation by request of Terry and Kristen O’Brien
National Park Service: Theodore Roosevelt National Park Official Website