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Badlands Virtual Experience Now Available

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Date: April 23, 2007
Contact: Julie Johndreau, (605) 433-5242

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, S.D. — Badlands National Park is pleased to announce the release of the Badlands Virtual Experience featured on Views of the National Parks. Views is an educational computer program available online at www2.nature.nps.gov/views. Views consists of two complementary components: virtual experiences and knowledge centers. Virtual experiences at eleven national parks provide multimedia gateways to park-based educational experiences. Knowledge centers present general information and principals on a variety of science themes such as glaciers, wilderness, and the scientific method.

Online visitors from around the world can now experience the resources of Badlands online at www2.nature.nps.gov/views. Enter the "visitor center" and proceed to the "virtual experiences". Within the Badlands virtual experience visitors can manipulate panoramic images, listen to paleontologist Dr. Rachel Benton explain how the badlands were formed, and see ancient mammals brought to life through scientific drawings. Park ranger Julie Johndreau explains, "We hope this virtual experience will inspire people to visit national parks and learn more about our nation’s natural, historic, and cultural resources."

Students and teachers can request a free DVD-ROM copy of Views by emailing a request to Badlands National Park. The virtual experiences and knowledge centers provide a wealth of information for students conducting research projects. Teachers will be especially pleased with the many real-world examples arranged around knowledge center topics. The teacher resource center offers education standards, lesson plans, and extra resources for classroom use. Come explore and connect with the stories of your national parks and "Experience your America."

Did You Know?

Bison herd in the Badlands Wilderness Area

25% of Badlands National Park is a designated wilderness area. Established in 1976, the Badlands Wilderness Area consists of 64,144 acres of the largest prairie wilderness in the United States. Administered in two units, Sage Creek and Conata Basin, the area is open for backpacking and exploration.