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.
Schools are responsible for testing their equipment and confirming the
connection method with the ranger prior to our scheduled program date.
Please note: Different schools have different means of
connecting with us. The park's preferred method of connection is a direct dial
to 126.96.36.199. We also have the option of connecting through a National Park
Service bridge at 188.8.131.52 Dialing Extension/Conference Room: 605433. Check
with the ranger on availability of other mobile and desktop video conferencing
options. Whatever way your district connects, it is critical that you test and
confirm the connection prior to your program date.
Travel back in time to discover ancient ecosystems and animals Explore »
Meet a cast of prairie animals and learn how they live together in the prairie ecosystem Explore »
Discover how the rocks of Badlands National Park reveal ancient environments Explore »
Learn about the bison's natural and cultural history Explore »
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.
Explore the variety of ways the American bison has been used by Native Americans.
Explore the sedimentary rocks of Badlands National Park, learning how each layer formed and what information can be learned from the rocks.
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.
Students discuss the fossils found at Badlands National Park and make inferences about ancient animals and environments based on the fossil evidence.