December 17 Road Closure Near Visitor Center
December 17: Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) will be temporarily closed at Cedar Pass for emergency repair work. The closure is expected to be in place for two to three weeks, weather dependent. An alternate route to access Interstate 90 will be posted. More »
Badlands Virtual Experience Now Available
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?
The former Pig Dig was discovered in June 1993 when two visitors from Iowa discovered a large backbone protruding from the ground near the Conata Picnic Area. Originally thought to be a 4-day excavation, field work continued for over a decade, yielding more than 10,000 fossilized bones for study.