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Turtle River State Park Hosts Artist Megan Hanson

Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 09:40 am

Turtle River State Park welcomes Megan Hanson, an artist who creates realistic, expressive landscapes and portraits utilizing acrylic paint and ink, for a week-long residency, July 12-19. Hanson often draws inspiration from photos of her life as a reference for her work and transforms them with wide color palettes to give due attention to the forgotten and simple aspects of human life.


Lake Metigoshe State Park to Host Day Camps for Youth

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Outdoor Learning Center (OLC) at Lake Metigoshe State Park is hosting a series of age-specific day camps this summer for youth that will focus on hands-on recreational skills and environmental education. A camp opportunity for 8- to 11-year-olds is scheduled for August 10 and 11 and will feature hands-on activities related to archery, wildlife, and freshwater ecology. Lake Metigoshe State Park is partnering with the North Dakota Game & Fish Department to provide a camp opportunity for 12- to 14-year-olds on August 13 and 14 that will feature an introduction to archery, intermediate archery, a 3D archery shoot, introduction to kayaking, and various survival skills. Each day camp will also feature some time at the end of the day to explore and enjoy the beach at Lake Metigoshe State Park. Those interested in attending camp have the option to register for one or both days of the camp offerings. The goals for these camps are to get youth outdoors to explore a natural environment and to learn recreational skills in a safe, hands-on environment.


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

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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.


Fort Stevenson State Park Visitor Appreciation Event

Friday, June 19, 2020 at 05:00 pm

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department, under the North Dakota Smart Restart guidelines, is pleased to announce Fort Stevenson State Park's 2020 Visitor Appreciation Event. Sunday, June 28, visitors are offered free daily admission into Fort Stevenson State Park to experience live entertainment on the Guardhouse lawn.  Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, sit back, and enjoy the music.


Fort Ransom State Park Announces Summer Sodbuster Event

Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 01:00 pm

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department, under the North Dakota Smart Restart guidelines, is pleased to announce the 2020 Summer Sodbuster Event, July 11 & 12, at Fort Ransom State Park. The Sodbuster event is an opportunity for visitors to experience what homesteading and pioneer life was like in North Dakota. This event showcases turn-of-the-century farming technology and brings to life the historic Sunne Farm.


Artists Named for 2020-2021 Residency Programs within the North Dakota State Parks

Monday, June 15, 2020 at 01:00 pm

The Artist in Residency Program is a partnership between the North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department and the North Dakota Council on the Arts, where three artists are chosen to each spend one week in a North Dakota State Park.  The goal of the program is to support North Dakota artists in creating works of art that showcase participating state parks while providing opportunities for visitors to develop artistic skills as well as a deeper appreciation of the parks and the artworks inspired by them.


The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department announces the opening of the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department announces the opening of the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan on May 21.  In alignment with the North Dakota Smart Restart Campaign, the Interpretive Center will be open Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and the rest area will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. These hours will remain in place until further notice to allow for additional deep cleaning. Visitors are asked to keep a six-foot distance from other visitors during their visit.


State Parks Announces Reopening of Campgrounds

Monday, May 4, 2020 at 05:00 pm

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department announces the reopening of state park campgrounds. In alignment with the North Dakota Smart Restart Campaign, the department will be opening all campgrounds, except Little Missouri State Park, on May 9 for no-service camping. Starting May 21, all parks will be opened with limited service for this season.


Burgum appoints Andrea Travnicek to lead North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed Andrea Travnicek to lead the North Dakota Department of Parks and Recreation, citing her extensive leadership experience and long history of resource management at the local, state and federal levels.