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Volunteer event is Sept. 22 at Pipestone monument

PIPESTONE — A national day of service and volunteerism at Pipestone National Monument is scheduled for Sept. 22.

Volunteers are needed to assist with collection of seeds from the native tallgrass prairie from 9 to 11 a.m. The seeds will be used to continue prairie restoration on 15 acres of land donated to the Monument by the Trust for Public Land in 2006.

Volunteers should meet at the Visitor Center at 9 a.m. No advanced registration is necessary, and supplies will be provided. Volunteers are advised to dress for the outdoors and to wear sturdy shoes for walking in the prairie. In the event of rain on Sept. 22, the collection of seeds will be postponed until Sept. 29.

Volunteers who participate will receive a National Public Lands Day pass, good for one free entry during the next year at public land sites managed by the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and USDA Forest Service. The Friends of Pipestone National Monument will be providing a light lunch and other refreshments for the volunteers after the seed collection.

In addition, the winners of the 11th annual Friends of Pipestone National Monument photography contest will be on display in the visitor center. Please contact a Park Ranger at (507) 825-5464 ext. 214 for additional information. To learn more about Pipestone National Monument, visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/pipe.