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Badlands National Park and Friends Group to Host “Badlands Bash”

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Date: September 24, 2012
Contact: Jennie Kish Albrinck, 605-433-5240
Contact: Susan Ricci, 605-430-6479

Badlands National Park will partner with Friends of the Badlands to host a community event at Main Street Square in Rapid City, from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM, on Sunday, September 30, 2012. This "Badlands Bash" will bring awareness about the park and the Friends of the Badlands organization to our Rapid City neighbors.

Local musicians will be featured, including Landslide, Layne Putnam, James Van Nuys, Mike Reardon Band and more. Sponsored by Dakota Soda Company, this live jam session will take place on the Square and is free to the public. There will be other activities including National Park Service interpretive stations and InterTribal Buffalo Council information tables. There will also be kids' activities, a raffle drawing for buffalo meat, and more.

The Friends of the Badlands is a non-profit organization whose mission is to work with Badlands National Park in supporting interpretive, educational and scientific programs to ensure stewardship, restoration and preservation of park resources. Donations to the Friends group will help fund school field trips to Badlands National Park from Rapid City as well as rural, under-served, and tribal schools. For more information on the Friends group, visit Friends of the Badlands online. Badlands Natural History Association is also providing funding and support for this event.

Superintendent Eric Brunnemann stated that "This is our contribution to National Public Lands Day, here at Main Street Square, next to the Badlands sculptures.This is about protecting our special places and sharing the Badlands with our schools."

Did You Know?

black-footed ferret

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.