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Badlands National Park Awarded Park Stewards Grant

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Date: June 1, 2011

Badlands National Park Contacts:
Jennie Albrinck, 605-433-5240 or Julie Johndreau, 605-433-5242

National Park Foundation Contact:  
Alanna Sobel, National Park Foundation, asobel@nationalparks.org, (202) 354-6480

Badlands National Park Awarded Park Stewards Grant

Twenty-one national parks receive grants from the National Park Foundation to support interactive and engaging projects that will strengthen Americans’ connection with their national parks

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. — The National Park Foundation announced today that it is proud to award Badlands National Park a grant to support the launch of Ecological Explorations its new innovative project that involves high school students and teachers in data collection and analysis. The grant is part of the National Park Foundation’s Park Stewards program which gives high school teachers and students the opportunity to build a deeper connection and sense of stewardship for their national parks through personal engagement and service learning projects.

“We are pleased to receive this grant because it gives us an opportunity to strengthen community relationships with our neighbors in Wall, South Dakota,” said park superintendent Eric Brunnemann. “High school students will be engaged in science and may even be inspired to pursue a career with the National Park Service.”

During the year long project, Wall High School students will contribute to an on-going scientific database that their teacher designs while on a Teacher-Ranger detail to Badlands National Park this summer. Students will input and manipulate data including map-GIS layers, photos, species lists, wildlife populations, home ranges, and vegetation areas. The teacher, rangers, and students will work cooperatively so that the project meets both educational and NPS long term goals and is available to other classrooms and parks.

“The Park Stewards program gives teachers and students the opportunity to participate in meaningful and educational, hands-on experiences in their national parks,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation.  “By encouraging high school students to develop strong connections with the outdoors, we are helping to ensure that our parks will continue to be protected and preserved by future generations of park stewards.”
 
The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the Bank of America Foundation, awarded Park Stewards grants to 21 national parks across the country.

A full list of grantees and project descriptions will be available on the National Park Foundation website.

About Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park protects 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires blended with the one of the largest protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. The rugged rock formations contains one of the world's richest Oligocene epoch fossil beds, dating 37 - 25 million years old. See www.nps.gov/badl for more information.  

About The National Park Foundation
You are the owner of 84 million acres of the world’s most treasured landscapes, ecosystems, and historic sites -- all protected in America’s nearly 400 national parks.  Chartered by Congress, the National Park Foundation  is the official charity of America’s national parks.  We work hand in hand with the National Park Service to connect you and all Americans to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow.

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Did You Know?

Painting of a mosasaur

During the Age of Dinosaurs, a warm, shallow sea covered the Great Plains, including what is now Badlands. Since dinosaurs were land creatures, no fossils of these animals have been found in the park. Giant marine lizards called mosasaurs swam in the ancient sea, along with sea turtles and fish.