Looking Back at 2021!
As we moved into 2021, we began the year cautiously optimistic of what the future would hold for TRNHA and our park partners. If 2021 threw as many curves at us as 2020 we were in for a long year. We did however, find ourselves pleasantly surprised by this past year. Visitation in North Dakota parks increased and our sales followed suit. Instead of working hard to make store operations happened, we spent the summer working hard to make sure our shelves remained stocked.
Each year TRNHA works with the National Park Service to set a budget for spending funds raised the previous year. In 2021, we provided the NPS with a total of $98,739 in financial aid. These funds were raised through Park Store sales and were used in a variety of ways.
In January, we took a break from office work and offered a hand remodeling the South Unit Visitor Center of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. As a part of this project, TRNHA was proud to have purchased a new interpretive display, information desk, sound system, and more. Then we moved into the busy season with TRNHA assisting with operations at the Painted Canyon Visitor Center, participating in community events, and hosting our annual Birdwalk and kids art events. TRNHA was pleased to support the interpretive program in many ways this past year including purchasing supplies, paying for training, and helping sponsor the Dakota Night's Astronomy Festival. Funds were also provided to support the Junior Ranger Program, print and distribute free publications, and support research in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
To say 2021 was a good year would be an understatement, visitors kept us on our toes and the summer season pasted in a blur. Our visitors, friends, and members proved they continue to love their parks and continue to support us. This past year was a spectacular year for TRNHA and we are excited to offer even more support for our park partners moving into 2022.
As we kick off our new year, we find ourselves busy planning several great new aid projects with our partner sites for 2022. We are planning to once again break records and assist our partners with some awesome projects. We are excited for the future and want to thank you for all your support last year and for years to come!