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Summer Hours and Programs at Pipestone National Monument

Pipestone National Monument

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SUMMER HOURS AND PROGRAMS AT PIPESTONE NATIONAL MONUMENT

(Pipestone, MN) Superintendent Jim LaRock announced today that on May 29th the visitor center at Pipestone National Monument began summer hours. Activities at the visitor center this summer will feature ranger-led walks, evening programs and the popular cultural demonstrator program. The walks and evening programs will range in topics from cultural to natural resources, with specific talks on American Indian cultural traditions at Pipestone National Monument, prairie and ecology, and European-American exploration of the Pipestone area. The cultural demonstrators will again be carving pipestone pipes and small crafts as well as explaining the many aspects of the carving traditions.

In addition to the Monument visitor center, visitors can also enjoy the three-quarter mile Circle Trail, which includes the Pipestone Quarries, Winniwissa Falls, Pipestone Creek and the Tall Grass Prairie. By summers end, visitors will also be able to explore a new prairie viewing deck near the visitor center. This deck is partially funded through a grant from the Unilever Corporation and will feature recycled plastic lumber.

Beginning Memorial Day and extending through Labor Day, visitor center hours will be 8 am to 6 pm daily.

For more information concerning schedules fro ranger activities and extended summer hours, contact one of the park ranger at the Monument visitor center by calling 507-825-5464.

NPS

June 1, 2006



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