• Badlands formations against the blue sky; photo by Rikk Flohr

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

Video Conferences

Badlands National Park conducts interactive classroom presentations through distance learning video conferences. Schools can connect by IP Contact or Skype.

Scheduling a Video Conference

We offer distance learning programs on the topics described below. Appropriate grade levels are suggested, but programs can be adjusted for any grade level (K-12) upon request. A reservation request form must be complete at least 10 days before the requested program date.

Contact us with questions.

Preparing for a Video Conference

Teachers who have scheduled a video conference ranger program should prepare their students accordingly. Students should have some understanding of Badlands National Park (location, mission, ecosystem) and some general background knowledge related to their program topic. Teachers may use materials provided from the links below, the specific pre-visit lesson plans, or their own lessons to best prepare their students.

Connection Information

Schools are responsible for testing their equipment and connection prior to our scheduled program date. Schools can conduct an independent test connection anytime on Mondays and after 12:00 pm Mountain Standard Time on Thursdays. If you want a ranger available during your test, you must contact the education office.

Please note: Different school districts have different means of connecting with us. The park's preferred method of connection is through the National Park Service IP Address 165.83.115.172 Dialing Extension/Conference Room: 605433. Whatever way your district connects, it is critical that you test the connection prior to your program date. It is also critical that you connect by the means indicated on your reservation request form and confirmation. Please see your confirmation email for additional information.

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    Layers of Sedimentary Rocks

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  • Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

    A Hidatsa Earthlodge

    A Hidatsa Earthlodge

    Park Rangers describe the home of the Tribes of the Northern Great Plains from inside of a lifesize replica earthlodge. They also describe the roles and responsibilities of people within the community, trade relations and the effects of trade on technology used by the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara during the 1800s.

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    Bison Banquet

    Bison Banquet

    Explore the variety of ways the American bison has been used by Native Americans.

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    Layers of Sedimentary Rocks

    Layers of Sedimentary Rocks

    Explore the sedimentary rocks of Badlands National Park, learning how each layer formed and what information can be learned from the rocks.

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    Prairie Animals and Habitats

    Prairie Animals and Habitats

    Grasses dominate the plant life of the mixed-grass prairie ecosystem found within Badlands National Park. Learn more about how animals living on the prairie have adapted so they can thrive here.

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    Time Travel with Fossils

    Time Travel with Fossils

    Students discuss the fossils found at Badlands National Park and make inferences about ancient animals and environments based on the fossil evidence.

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