75th Anniversary Highlights
2014 marked the 75th Anniversary of Montana State Parks. Here are some of the special events and highlights of our exciting anniversary year.
Celebrating 75 Years :30 TV spot features our beautiful state park landscapes and families having fun. The spot is accompanied by music from singer/songwriter Amos Lee and narrated by the actor Sam Elliott.
“Smith River in June” painting by artist Monte Dolack. It is a commissioned painting that highlights Smith River State Park. The painting and prints are a generous gift from the Lee and Donna Metcalf Charitable Foundation. Prints are available for sale in our online store, 100% of the proceeds benefit Montana State Parks. The painting resides in the State Capitol building for the entire year. Thanks to Monte Dolack for his enthusiasm, generosity and artistry. See Monte Dolack in the “Smith River in June” film short by Story Road films.
SUBWAY ® restaurants in Montana were the official sponsor of our 75th Anniversary Year. During summer, 2014, people enjoyed Montana State Parks “Picnic Picks” at SUBWAY ® - they could grab a sandwich, chips and fountain drink and have a picnic at a state park. Also, when people participated in our LIKE US on Facebook promotion, they received a buy one/get one FREE SUBWAY® coupon and a chance at winning one of (6) $25 SUBWAY gift cards along with Montana State Parks apparel and gear. The Facebook campaign was in partnership with Montana Television Network.
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NEW Complete Guide to Montana State Parks by authors Kristen Inbody and Erin Madison, they visited all 55 state parks and offer their clever and thoughtful insights. The book’s introduction is written by Montana Governor Steve Bullock. It features a guest essay by award-winning author Maile Meloy. The book is published by Riverbend Publishing in partnership with the Great Falls Tribune. The guidebook is available at Montana State Park Visitor Centers and our online store. Montana State Parks receives a portion of the proceeds through Montana’s Outdoor Legacy Foundation.
"Music in the Parks” with Philip Aaberg and the Montana Wild Cats Jazz Trio, a special concert series. In June, grammy-nominated pianist/composer Philip Aaberg was joined by Kelly Roberti on bass and Jack Walrath on trumpet to complete the jazz trio. Hundreds of visitors came out to enjoy, and relax, at three free outdoor evening concerts. These special events were held at at Lewis & Clark Caverns, Giant Springs and Makoshika state parks. Thanks to our sponsors VISIT GLENDIVE!, Montana Gift Corral and Montana’s Outdoor Legacy Foundation.
Check out these fun and funny video shorts, an exciting partnership with Yellowstone Country Montana, thanks to Executive Director Robin Hoover. Take a couple of minutes … to enjoy… Greycliff Prairie Dog Town State Park and Cooney State Park. Coming soon: Madison Buffalo Jump State Park and Missouri Headwaters State Park… we think you’ll want to see more.
NEW Montana State Parks Online Store launched in our 75th Anniversary Year. Visit our store NOW to purchase gear, the new Montana State Parks guidebook, the “Smith River in June” print, our GK beef jerky, and gifts and apparel for the whole family.
Special thanks to Governor Bullock and Lt. Governor McLean, Monte Dolack, Mary Beth Percival, Philip Aaberg, Erin Madison, Kristen Inbody, Hawthorne Elementary School and to Bruce Whittenberg and the Montana Historical Society … for making our 75th Anniversary kick off press conference and reception in so memorable.
Thanks all of our visitors, partners and supporters for making 2014 so special … and exciting events continue… so check out our events e-calendar for signature programs and special projects… and visit and enjoy your state parks throughout Montana!
Find out more about the History of Montana State Parks. Our state park system originated in 1939. Today there are 55 state parks that include 7 National Historic Landmarks. Montana's state park system is diverse and features nature, our rich cultural heritage, and water-based recreation.