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Free Entrance to all National Park Service Sites for September 24's National Public Lands Day

For hundreds of years, American Indians have quarried for red pipestone that has been found at this site.
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Places like Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens National Park in Washington D.C., in the video above, and Pipestone National Monument in Pipestone, Minnesota, will be offering free entrance to all visitors on September 24 for National Public Lands Day. Pipestone will be having a day of celebration as visitors are welcomed to explore this and all other National Parks and "lend a hand to help perserve this country's spectacular beauty and fascinating history," the National Parks service said in a press release. Pipestone's quarries are a "significant site for many American Indian Cultures. Even today, the site is still considered a sacred place who come to quarry or visit," the National Park Service says on their website. At National Parks all across the country, all of which have historic significance to American Indians, or opening their doors for free in exchange for help in keeping these sites pristine.

This marks the largest one-day volunteer in support of public lands in the nation's history, with more than 170,000 Americans expected to volunteer across the country on this date.

At Pipestone, volunteers are needed to help with the seed collection from the native tall grass prairie. Seeds will be collected from 9:00 am to noon. The seeds will be used to continue the restoration of the native tall grasses. Volunteers who participate will receive a National Public Lands Day pass, good for free entry during the next year at any public land sites managed by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and USDA Forest Service.

For more information about Pipestone, please contact a Park Ranger at 507-825-5464 ext. 214. To learn more about Pipestone National Monument, visit the park’s web site at

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For more information on National Public Lands Day, visit their site here.