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Celebrate 'National Trails Day'! - Public Encouraged to Volunteer and Visit a Montana State Park

Thursday, May 31, 2012

State Parks

(Helena, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) is encouraging the public to volunteer at an event and/or visit a state park in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of ‘National Trails Day’ this Saturday, June 2nd.

National Trails Day was established by the American Hiking Society (http://www.americanhiking.org/ ) to recognize and celebrate trails, the many benefits trails provide to our citizens and to honor the individuals and organizations that have made our trails possible in local communities.

Montana State Parks’ Events:

Billings:
Pictograph Cave State Park: Saturday, June 2 from Noon-4pm
Join Us for Junior Ranger Day! "Come with your aspiring junior ranger to take part in fun activities that will lead them to their badge." Kids will be looking at animal tracks and animal scat and making their own animal scat out of tootsie rolls, activities include rock art.
This event is best for kids ages 5-11.
Location: In Billings, take Lockwood Exit off I-90, then 5 miles south on Coburn Road.
Contact: Jessie Hendrix (406) 254-7342

Butte/Bozeman:
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park: Saturday, June 2 starts at 9am
Join Us and Volunteer!
9am - Presentation on weeds and trail etiquette – meet at the campground pavilion
10am - Out to trails for weed pulling and trail maintenance
12:30pm - Lunch provided by the park (Music with The Tumbleweed Connection)
Door prizes from the American Hiking Society and Lewis & Clark Caverns
2pm - Trail Tour
Address: 25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Road, Whitehall, MT 59759
Contact: Lynette Kemp or Rhea Armstrong (406) 287-3541

Glendive:
Makoshika State Park: Saturday, June 9 starts at 9am
Join us! for a ‘Wilderness Walk’ as part of the annual ‘Buzzard Day’ special event (this event will occur a week after National Trails Day). The walk begins at the group use shelter, one half mile inside the park entrance. It is a 4-mile hike following the coulee out to a prominent point overlooking Glendive and the Yellowstone River Valley. Hikers will have resting and speaking stops where the guide will discuss the pre-history of the park and the erosion actions that created the state park that we see today. The guide will talk about Glendive’s history and the significance of the Yellowstone Valley. Prepare for weather. A hiking stick is recommended, water is recommended.
Location: 1301 Snyder Avenue in Glendive
Contact: Tom Shoush, Park Ranger at Makoshika (406) 377-6256

Great Falls:
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park: Saturday, June 2 from 10:30am – 12:30pm
Join a Montana State Parks Ranger for a guided hike along First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park's 3.5 mile interpretive trail. During the hike you will learn about the jump's history, geology, plants, animals and more! The hike will start and finish at the park's Visitor Center and includes a trip to the top of the jump.
Location: 10 miles south of Great Falls on I-15 at Ulm Exit, then 3.5 miles northwest on Ulm-Vaughn road.
Contact: Richard Hopkins or Jake McCoy (406) 866-2219

Great Falls:
Giant Springs State Park: Saturday, June 2 from 9am – 1pm
Join Us and Volunteer! Help build an addition to River’s Edge Trail on the south shore of the Missouri River. Giant Springs State Park’s staff and Great Falls Bike Club will provide trail work instruction and all tools. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants and bring leather gloves. Meet at Lewis & Clark overlook. Water and light snacks will be provided.
Location: From Interstate 15, take Central Avenue (Exit 280). Proceed east on Central Avenue and turn left on River Drive immediately after crossing the Missouri River. Continue on River Drive 3.5 miles. Turn left onto Giant Springs Rd. -Giant Springs State Park is located approximately 1 mile ahead, on the left.
Contact: Matt Marcinek (406) 454-5859

Kalispell:
Lone Pine State Park: Saturday, June 2 from 9am – Noon
Join Us and Volunteer!
Celebrate National Trails Day by assisting with basic trail maintenance followed by a delicious BBQ feast! Be a part of your community by working together to improve one of the most beautiful parks in the Flathead Valley.
Location: Lone Pine State Park is located 4 miles southwest of Kalispell. Travel on Highway 93 Alternate to the Foy's Lake Road Roundabout. Travel west on Foy's Lake Road for approximately 2.7 miles. Turn left on Lone Pine Road and follow to the park entrance at the end of the road.
Contact: Amy Grout (406) 755-2706 ext. 3

Missoula:
Milltown State Park: Saturday, June 2 from 10am – 2pm
Join Us and Volunteer!
The upcoming Milltown State Park is hosting a volunteer event in celebration of the 20th National Trails Day. This event will be held on the newly constructed trail that leads to the Milltown Bluff Overlook. Volunteers will be planting native shrubs and trees along this trail and a Boy Scout troop will be installing 2 park benches.
Location: Milltown Bluff Overlook - 1353 Deer Creek Rd. in Bonner.
Contact: Michael Kustudia (406) 542-5533 or Dan Shook at (406) 880-0571

For more Montana ‘National Trails Day’ events visit the American Hiking Society’s website at (http://www.americanhiking.org/).

Montana State Parks supports trails by administering the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), a federal grants program (http://fwp.mt.gov/recreation/grants/rtp/default.html). These grants provide key funding for trails projects in local Montana communities.

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