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North Dakota's Best Idea — Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Fall 2015 Newsletter

Membership and Picnic Fundraiser

FTRNP hosted a membership picnic and fundraiser in Bismarck on June 13th at Sertoma Park. Retired North Dakota state geologist John Bluemle spoke on the geology of the badlands and gave an enticing preview to his forthcoming book. The silent auction offered many interesting items to the good turnout. Also attending was Wendy Ross, the newly appointed TRNP Superintendent.

 North Dakota state geologist John Bluemle

Members of FTRNP are invited to attend the upcoming Dakota Nights Astronomy festival at Theodore Roosevelt National Park on Sept 11-13 in Medora. FTRNP will be selling rockets on Saturday and Sunday mornings of the festival and there are activities and speakers for all ages. Full information on the festival is available by clicking HERE!

Part-Time Employment Opportunity

Friends of Theodore Roosevelt National Park is looking for a motivated person to work approximately 20 hours per month as an Administrative Assistant. Duties include handling correspondence, coordinating memberships, making bank deposits, planning events, organizing meetings, maintaining the organization’s Facebook site, fundraising, and other administrative duties.


Good interpersonal and computer skills are critical.


This work can be done at home under contract.


Pay: $15 per hour


For more information, contact FTRNP President Alice Nix at (701) 751-7501


Résumés (including contact information for references) should be sent to Alice Nix at dnix15@bis.midco.net or 525 Dohn Ave, Bismarck, North Dakota, 58503. Include a cover letter describing your interest in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, your enthusiasm for the mission of Friends of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and reasons why you are interested in the position.


Application Deadline: October 15 or until filled

The Board of Directors of Friends of Theodore Roosevelt National Park recognize and are grateful to the Saint Paul Foundation, through the Hoeschler-O’Brien Fund, and the Alice M. O’Brien Foundation for their generous support. Their contributions provide partial funding for the $5,000 matching Park Partners grant from the National Park Foundation.


The O’Brien family resides in St. Paul, MN and loves Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Terry O’Brien and sons William and Jack have hiked the Achenbach Trail loop in the North Unit. On separate occasions, each son was only 6 years old when he completed the hike—likely the youngest hikers to ever complete the Achenbach. In the summer of 2011, the high waters of the Little Missouri River caused Jack to wrap his arms around his father’s neck in order to cross the river. In August 2014, the yellow clover was taller than William and covered many wooden posts marking the trail. Despite these barriers the O’Briens finished their hikes. The family would especially like to recognize the service of Rangers John Heiser and Eric Haugland. The Friends Board thanks the Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association and the O’Brien family for permission to use this information.


The Park Partners grant will conclude this fall. Board members will have a workshop in Dickinson with the consulting group contracted by the National Park Foundation. The purpose of the grant is to provide funds for capacity building activities such as strategic planning, website revision, membership expansion, and marketing materials. The Friends group hopes to raise visibility of our organization, sponsor membership events and provide greater support to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

FTRNP Receive Park Partners Grant

Last fall the Friends of Theodore National Park (FTRNP) was one of eight Friends Groups to receive a grant from the National Park Foundation’s Park Partners Project. The grant includes consulting and coaching to improve governance, park relationship, fundraising, and membership outreach. A $5,000 matching capacity-building grant will be given to the FTRNP upon successful completion of the year-long project.

On August 25, Founders Day, the National Park Service celebrated their 99th birthday. There was free admittance to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. To help with the celebration, Friends of Theodore Roosevelt National Park provided visitors with cookies, coffee, and lemonade. Helping to serve close to 30 dozen cookies were board members - Marlene Frei, Lisa Omlid, Pat Ashley, Tama Smith, and Deb Zillich. (Pictured Pat Ashley, left, and Tama Smith, right)


And a good time was had by all!

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