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July 17, 2014
Badlands Astronomy Festival to Be Held July 25-27
Novices and experts alike will enjoy the spectacular dark night skies of Badlands National Park at public star parties each evening. During the day, a variety of family-friendly workshops and special events will provide opportunities for visitors to learn about the night sky, the sun, and space exploration.

June 28, 2014
Badlands Tribal Interns Launch Blog
This summer, eight Lakota teens are involved with local parks and their community through Badlands National Park’s Tribal Youth Intern Program. In its third full year, the program aims to prepare today’s youth for future careers in natural resources, park management, or related fields.

April 23, 2014
Bison Management Plan Open Houses Cancelled
While the park continues to seek and gather comments on a plan to place bison on the South Unit of Badlands National Park, in lieu of open houses, the comment period for scoping has been extended to June 6, 2014. Open houses planned for the rest of this week have been cancelled.

April 09, 2014
Park Visitor Injured on Castle Trail
Park rangers responded to a report of an injured hiker on Castle Trail.

March 11, 2014
Third Annual Badlands Youth Camp Fosters Cultural Exchange
During the week of March 17, students from three schools—Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, S.D., Crazy Horse School in Wanblee, SD, and The Calhoun School in New York City—will all participate in a youth camp at Badlands National Park. The students’ learning is supported by their teachers, park rangers, scientists, and visiting artists. The purpose is to create meaningful connections with diverse youth that could encourage them to pursue careers in related disciplines.

March 03, 2014
Take a Virtual Hike in Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park is pleased to announce the release of its virtual WebRangers iHike. The Badlands iHike challenges people of all ages to get outdoors, get active, and get moving. The project supports the global Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative which aims to harness the power of public parks to support healthier lifestyles for all.

March 03, 2014
Tourism to Badlands and Black Hills National Park Sites Creates $229.7 Million in Economic Benefit
Report shows visitor spending supports 3,549 jobs in South Dakota

January 31, 2014
Lakota Youth Represent Badlands National Park in New York City Exchange
Seventeen year old Dwan Wilcox and fifteen year old Earl Henry Lamont, both students at Crazy Horse High School in Wanblee, SD, are representing their community and serving as Badlands National Park ambassadors in New York City this week. The visit is sponsored by Badlands educational partner, The Calhoun School of Manhattan, NY.

January 17, 2014
Free Entry to Badlands on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Badlands National Park will join national park units around the country in offering fee-free entry on Monday, January 20. You are invited to visit the park and enjoy the stunning winter scenery.

December 09, 2013
Badlands Loop Road to Close at Cedar Pass for Repair
The Badlands Loop Road(Highway 240) will be temporarily closed at Cedar Pass for emergency repair work. This steep and unstable slump is undergoing active erosion. Due to recent weather conditions, work has been delayed and is now scheduled to begin December 17, 2013 and is expected to last two to three weeks, depending on weather.

December 03, 2013
Badlands Loop Road to Temporarily Close at Cedar Pass for Repair
The Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) will be temporarily closed at Cedar Pass for emergency repair work. Work is scheduled to begin December 10, 2013 and is expected to last two to three weeks, depending on weather.

November 08, 2013
Aaron Kaye Wins Regional Freeman Tilden Award
Park ranger Aaron Kaye has been awarded the National Park Service Midwest Region’s Freeman Tilden Award for excellence in interpretation. The Freeman Tilden Award is one of the highest awards presented to an individual National Park Service (NPS) interpreter. The award is presented annually and recognizes outstanding contributions to the practice of interpretation and education by an NPS employee.

October 18, 2013
Traffic Reduced to One Lane at Cedar Pass
The Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) has been reduced to one lane traffic at Cedar Pass. This steep section of the road is just north east of the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. All downhill traffic that is traveling towards the visitor center must stop and yield to uphill traffic.

September 12, 2013
Marathon Runner Commits to Support Badlands Sustainability Project
On November 3, runner Geoff Johnson will participate in the New York City Marathon with a goal of raising $1,000 to support a water recycling project in Badlands National Park. Badlands Natural History Association (BNHA) and Badlands National Park join in expressing their gratitude towards Johnson and the donors who are sponsoring his run.

September 12, 2013
Back to School – in America’s National Parks
Teachers across South Dakota have a new tool to help them engage their students in classroom and place-based learning. Today the National Park Service (NPS) launched a new online service for teachers that brings America’s national parks into neighborhood classrooms. The new “Teachers” section of the National Park Service website at www.nps.gov/teachers provides a one-stop shop for curriculum-based lesson plans, traveling trunks, maps, activities, distance learning, and other resources.


Did You Know?

Scientist uncovers fossils at the Pig Dig

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.