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Maple Sugaring Days

Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 09:00 am - 04:00 pm

Categories: Fort Stevenson State Park

Maple Sugaring in North Dakota! Learn the history of maple tapping, see the tools and find out what the box elder tree has to do with maple syrup. Presentations, horse-drawn wagon rides, kids hands-on activities, and live entertainment throughout the day. Don't miss out, experience pure maple cotton candy and sugar snow!

Egg-streme Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 03:00 pm

Categories: Lewis & Clark State Park

Bring your hiking boots and camera to this socially distanced activity geared for families of all ages. Search for hidden eggs along a portion of the North Trail System at Lewis and Clark State Park, in addition to an Easter-themed selfie station, grab-and-go craft, hot cocoa and music. 

Bismarck Earth Day Festival

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 04:00 pm - 07:30 pm

Categories: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Join us for the annual Bismarck Earth Day Festival! This is a FREE family event with hands-on learning activities for all ages. We will have earth-friendly giveaways and door prizes, and concessions will be available for purchase during the event.

Cache In Trash Out

Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 10:00 am

Categories: Turtle River State Park

Join us for our annual Cache In Trash Out Park Clean-up Day and celebrate Earth Day too! We will be meeting at 10 am at the Chalet and dividing out the different areas of the park. Trash bags and disposable gloves will be provided. Bring your own water and stay for a picnic!

Clean Up Day | Annual Meeting

Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Categories: Lewis & Clark State Park

Join the Friends of LCSP on May 8th, 2021 at Lewis and Clark State Park for a park clean-up day! Meet at the Friends Shelter! Clean up will take place from 2- 4 pm and the Friends of LCSP Annual Meeting will be held from 4-5 pm.

Sky Fest over Fort Stevenson

Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 04:00 pm - Monday, May 31, 2021 at 04:00 pm

Categories: Fort Stevenson State Park

Make plans to visit Fort Stevenson State Park Memorial Day weekend and bring your kite! Sky Fest welcomes kite flyers of all ages to decorate the sky over Fort Stevenson on May 29, 30, & 31 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Fly your own kite or witness professional kite flyers as they bring in some of the largest kites currently in production. Special activities will take place each day throughout the weekend including building your own kite.

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NDPRD Encourages Visitors to Recreate Safely

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department wants to remind visitors to recreate safely during high fire danger conditions. The safety of the public and protection of the land, resources and facilities is the department's top priority.   

Maple Sugaring Days

Come to Fort Stevenson State Park on April 10 and learn how to make maple syrup. Fort Stevenson State Park staff will demonstrate how to tap trees, collect sap, and turn it into delicious maple syrup. Hear about the history of maple syrup and the equipment used.  Maple talks take place at 10:00 am, noon, and 2:00 pm.   

Fort Mandan Opening for 2021 Season

Interpretive services will be available at Fort Mandan beginning April 1, including guided tours and personalized interpretive experiences. Tours will originate at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students, or a $25 family pass and includes entry into both the Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan.  

NDPRD Completes GIS-Based Asset Inventory Project

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department recently completed an asset inventory project for its 15 destination properties. During the 2018-2022 strategic planning process, the agency identified the need to inventory all the park system assets. This project came to fruition due to funds provided in the 66th Legislative Assembly.

ND State Parks Seeking Artist in Residency Applications

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department and the North Dakota Council on the Arts are now accepting applications for the Artist in Residency program within the North Dakota state parks. The Artist in Residency program offers artists the opportunity to stay and work in unique environments where they'll draw inspiration from a North Dakota state park, demonstrate their skills, and assist park visitors of all ages in discovering their artistic side. This is the 11th year these state agencies have collaborated for such a program that empowers people, improves lives and inspires success!  

North Dakota Parks and Recreation Launches its First Adventure Lab

Arvilla, ND – Most people use a mobile phone to stay connected to friends, family, and co-workers. But now, individuals can also use their phones to connect to a more fun, engaging learning experience while visiting a North Dakota state park. In partnership with members of the North Dakota Geocaching Association, the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department has launched its first digital geocaching experience at Turtle River State Park, 20 miles west of Grand Forks, N.D. 

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department Provides Comment on Army Corps Draft Shoreline Management Plan For Lake Sakakawea

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department sent a letter this week to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ on the Draft Shoreline Management Plan for Lake Sakakawea.  Lake Sakakawea is an important resource for recreational activities in the state. In the letter, the Department requested the Corps work with the Department to prioritize silt removal and shoreline stabilization projects along the lake.  As lake conditions change, due to the operation and management of the Garrison Dam, open access may become a concern as silt accumulates and erosion may occur within the shoreline areas of Lake Sakakawea.

Cross Ranch State Park Hosts Artist Johnathan Campbell 

The Artist in Residence Program is a collaboration between the North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department and the North Dakota Council on the Arts that allows local artists to stay, work and draw inspiration from a North Dakota State Park. The program's goal is to support North Dakota artists and continue creating opportunities and artworks that showcase, document and celebrate our North Dakota State Parks. Through hands-on opportunities for visitors, they encourage them to become stewards with a deeper appreciation of artistic works inspired by the state parks.  

February Declared Winter Recreation Month

Governor Burgum has declared February 2021, Winter Recreation Month in North Dakota. The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD), in conjunction with North Dakota Recreation and Park Association (NDRPA), invites you to join us in celebrating all that parks and recreation offer to our citizens and communities.

2021 Special Event Dates Announced

Dates have been set for 2021 special events! From fishing tournaments and youth day camps to night hikes and Cardio & Coffee trail runs, we have something for everyone!

Last Call for Survey Responses

Visitor Survey closes January 31

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is conducting a state park visitor survey and economic impact study. The knowledge gained from these studies will be invaluable, aiding the Department in planning for the future and offering experiences the public is looking for.

We value your input and hope you'll take the time to complete this important survey. Please respond by January 31.

NDPRD Announces First Day Hikes

First Day Hike events have become signature events for many of America’s state parks. On January 1, 2021, four of the North Dakota state parks will be hosting First Day Hike events to include Lake Metigoshe, Cross Ranch, Turtle River and Fort Stevenson State Parks. Depending upon snow conditions, event opportunities in North Dakota may include hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, fat tire biking, or even kicksledding, a new offering within the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department! 

NDPRD Launches Surveys to Understand Economic Impact and Enhance Visitor Experience 

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) is launching two online survey components starting this week which include a survey for state park property visitors and a survey for non-visitors. A survey for adjacent community members will be conducted in January. The goal of these surveys is to provide the Department with data to inform an analysis of the park properties’ impacts on local communities and better understand how park properties can be maintained or improved to enhance the visitor experience. 

Get outside in 2021

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department announces fun for 2021. The department is bringing back the statewide Adventure Challenge and unveiling a new statewide 12 Months-12 Hikes Challenge. Participants can pick a challenge or take on both. Spend 2021 exploring trails, trying new recreational activities, traveling to new locations, visiting historic places, and exploring everything that the North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department has to offer.

Statewide Snowmobile Trails Open with an Exciting New Opportunity

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department announces the opening of the snowmobile season starting December 1. North Dakota offers 2,800 miles of riding trails on 13 different trail networks across the state, which will be open starting in December for riders to enjoy once snow conditions are desirable. An additional 143 miles of trail has been added in McLean and Ward Counties for this year.

ND State Park Report Record-breaking Camping Numbers for the 2020 Season 

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department had their highest number of campers recorded in the department's history during the 2020 season. The department saw a 35 percent increase in campsite nights this season compared to the 2019 season. The increase in camping was a trend in the 13 state parks across the state, all of which were open and operating under CDC guidelines as destinations for visitors to safely recreate in an outdoor environment.

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan Transition to Winter Hours

Beginning October 1, The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Although the Fort Mandan Visitor Center will be closed, visitors can still tour Fort Mandan through October 17.

ND Parks and Recreation rolls out new volunteer program 

A new, expanded volunteer program through the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department now offers individuals and groups the opportunity to volunteer their time and talents to impact our state parks. Whether you're interested in helping with vehicle or trail maintenance projects or volunteering in the visitor center, a meaningful volunteer experience can be tailored to your special skill set. The program's goal is to cultivate partnerships between community members and park staff as they work together for the betterment of their parks and individual and community well-being.  

Haunted Fort Postponed Until 2021 Season

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park's annual Haunted Fort event has been postponed until next season. After careful consideration, the staff at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park has made the difficult decision to postpone the event due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "Even though we will not be hosting our annual Haunted Fort event, we want to encourage residents to still come out and enjoy the park this fall," said Dan Schelske, Park Manager. "This a great place to enjoy the stunning fall colors against the backdrop of the Missouri River."

North Dakota Parks Continue to Reopen Services Under the ND Smart Restart Guidelines

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department, under the ND Smart Restart guidelines, is pleased to announce the continued reopening of department services, including group campsites, shelters, and rental facilities throughout the North Dakota state park system.

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