Visitor Center Open
Construction crews are replacing the parking lot in front of the visitor center. Please follow the signs, park in the side lot, and use the side doors. The Ben Reifel Visitor Center remains open every day from 8 am to 4 pm.
Badlands Heritage Celebration
Contact: Aaron Kaye, 605-433-5243
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. — Badlands National Park’s Division of Resource Education will hold the 2nd Annual Heritage Celebration on Saturday, July 31, 2010, from 9:30am to approximately 11:00pm. Activities will focus on traditional Native American songs, dances, and crafts, and are included in the park admission fee.
Traditional Lakota music and dance performances will take place beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Participants include: Robert Two Crow as the Master of Ceremonies; Dallas Chief Eagle will be hoop dancing; Jeanne Bedell will explain cradleboards; Michael He Crow will demonstrate flint knapping, bow making, and the use of an atlatl; Guest speaker, Donovin Sprague will be give a talk entitled “From Lewis & Clark to Wounded Knee” at 7:00 p.m. The Badlands Night Sky Program will be presented by a Park Ranger at 9:00 p.m., followed by opportunities for visitors to experience the Badlands night sky using park telescopes and binoculars.
A Bison Box program, exploring the traditional uses of the bison, will be presented at the tipi camp located next to the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Native American artists will demonstrate and share their traditions throughout the day. Art and craft items will also be available for purchase.
This event is made possible through funding from Badlands Natural History Association, South Dakota Humanities Council, South Dakota Arts Council, and the National Park Service.
Did You Know?
Four species of wildlife have been reintroduced into the Badlands since its establishment as a National Monument in 1939. The black-footed ferret, bighorn sheep, bison, and swift fox, once exterminated from the area's mixed grass prairie, are again thriving in their native habitat.