MDU Resources sponsors free student admission at Washburn facilities

WASHBURN – Students and children from kindergarten through college will receive free admission to the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan at Washburn, thanks to a grant from MDU Resources Foundation of Bismarck.

A gift of $10,000 to the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation is making the admission free at the facilities, which are operated by North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department.

This is the second year of the MDU Resources support, and Kevin Kirkey, site supervisor at Washburn, credited the grant with an 80 percent increase in youth visitation in 2016. “Our mission is to get families here to enjoy the stories of the Lewis & Clark Expedition and more, and this support is truly appreciated,” said Kirkey.

“We are proud to have supported these wonderful facilities for nearly 20 years and are happy to make possible free admission for their most vital visitors, students and youngsters and hope to continue our support for years to come,” said Rita O’Neill, MDU Resources Foundation manager.

The admission program is part of the partnership between the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation and N.D. Parks and Recreation Department.

The foundation provides financial support for exhibits, programs and other enhancements at the facilities, according to David Borlaug, foundation president. “We are grateful for the 20 years of support MDU Resources has provided our foundation, and this latest gift is also appreciated by thousands of families from across North Dakota and the country,” he said.

The interpretive center and Fort Mandan are open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and closed Sundays from Oct. 15-April 15.

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