North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department and State Historical Society of North Dakota Reveal Passport Program
The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department and the State Historical Society of North Dakota are excited to announce the North Dakota Passport. The goal of the new program is to help residents and out-of-state travelers make the most of their visits to recreational and historical sites throughout the state. This program is similar to other programs at state and national levels that have been popular among travelers. The North Dakota Passport is an all-in-one guide to adventure as users collect stamps at 37 featured destinations, varying from state parks and recreation areas to state historic sites and museums. All 37 locations have a designated outdoor Passport Station where users can transfer the stamp with a crayon. Additionally, staffed locations have a stamp available in park offices, visitor centers, or museums.
“Last year, the state parks saw a significant increase in visitation, and many first-time users found enjoyment in outdoor recreation and realized the importance of the parks. We hope this program continues to inspire new users and helps long-time visitors experience the state parks and recreation areas in new ways,” said Andrea Travnicek, North Dakota Parks & Recreation Director. “With rising interest in outdoor recreation and road trips, it’s the perfect time to launch this adventure guidebook in support of tourism and economic growth in communities near the state parks and across the state.”
The North Dakota Passport can be purchased at 13 state parks and 11 state historic sites and state museums. The Passport is also available for purchase online through both agencies’ websites. The 88-page spiral-bound book has a durable, waterproof cover and comes with four crayons and a drawstring backpack, making it easy to keep in the family vehicle or carry along on the trail. In addition to space for stamps, the North Dakota Passport includes fun facts and must-see and do checklists for each location.
“Our state historic sites and museums and their surrounding communities make great road trip destinations for families,” said State Historical Society Director Bill Peterson. “People might be surprised to discover all of the hidden gems and unusual history stories in our own backyards at our 59 historic sites, as well as the outdoor activities, the walkability of the grounds, variety of trails, and views of stunning landscapes throughout the state.
For more information and a complete list of participating locations, visit parkrec.nd.gov/passport.
The mission of the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is to offer a diversity of recreation opportunities and sustainably manage resources.
The mission of the State Historical Society of North Dakota is to identify, preserve, interpret, and promote the heritage of North Dakota and its people.