May 14, 2013
Badlands Receives 2013 Ticket to Ride Grant from the National Park Foundation
Badlands National Park has been selected to receive a 2013 “Ticket to Ride” grant from the National Park Foundation (NPF), the official charity of America’s national parks. The Ticket to Ride program, supported by a $500,000 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, helps students explore the outdoors by providing transportation and program support to national parks around the country.
May 08, 2013
Lightning-Caused Fire in Badlands Bison Corrals
On May 7th, a lightning-caused fire was reported at 6:00 PM at the bison corrals in Badlands National Park. Wall, SD Fire Department provided initial response to the incident. Park fire personnel reported and provided oversight of the area through the night and into this morning.
May 02, 2013
Two Rapid City Residents Charged with Deer Poaching
On November 24th, South Dakota Game & Fish received a report from two concerned citizens regarding
suspicious hunting activity within the Conata Basin, which is located in the northwest part of Badlands
National Park. Park rangers conducted an investigation and discovered a blood trail measuring over 700
April 30, 2013
New Artwork at Badlands
Three new watercolor paintings by Artist in Residence Jessica L. Bryant are now on display at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center in Badlands National Park. Bryant’s donation of the paintings is just the most recent effort in an ongoing partnership between Badlands and the artist, who worked with tribal youth on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation during her residency.
April 25, 2013
Interior School Students Win National Kids to Parks Contest
Interior School’s combined sixth, seventh, and eighth grade class recently won a National Kids to Parks Day contest. The class was awarded $1,000 for an overnight camping trip to Badlands National Park. Although the school regularly participates in park education programs, this will be the first student campout of its kind.
April 19, 2013
Badlands and Minuteman Missile Celebrate National Park Week 2013
Badlands National Park and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site will celebrate National Park Week, from April 20-28, 2013. Fee free days will be offered at Badlands, a fee park, beginning on Earth Day, Monday, April 22 and extending through Friday, April 26.
March 29, 2013
Badlands Welcomes Spring Artist in Residence
The Artist in Residence (AIR) program at Badlands National Park is pleased to announce the selection of watercolor painter Judy Thompson for its spring 2013 residency. Chosen from a pool of more than 30 applicants, Thompson will have the opportunity to immerse herself in and be inspired by the park’s unique resources during her stay.
March 18, 2013
Second Annual Badlands Youth Camp Fosters Cultural Exchange
During the week of March 17, students from three schools—Wall High School in Wall, S.D., Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, S.D., and The Calhoun School in New York City—will participate in a youth camp at Badlands National Park. Students will experience the great outdoors together while hiking, camping out, and participating in activities facilitated by park rangers, park scientists and teachers.
March 05, 2013
Badlands to Cut Visitor Services
Badlands National Park will make a 5% across-the-board cut in its operating budget due to sequestration, an action that will impact visitor services.
February 06, 2013
Wisconsin Man Sentenced for Unlawful Taking of Wildlife
On November 15, 2010 Keith Jorgenson of Green Bay, Wisconsin, illegally shot and killed a mule deer buck in Pennington County, South Dakota. This started an investigation which uncovered how Joseph Wilmet, also of Green Bay, shot, killed, and butchered a large bull bison in Badlands National Park.
January 18, 2013
Free Entry to Badlands & Minuteman Missile on Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Badlands National Park will join national park units around the country in offering fee-free entry for the upcoming holiday weekend. Entrance fees will be waived for all visitors who arrive in the park on
Monday, January 21. Visitors who enter (or re-enter) the park before or after January 21 will be charged the regular entrance fee.
November 09, 2012
Badlands and Minuteman Missile Commemorate Veterans Day with Fee Free Weekend
Badlands National Park and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site are two of the 398 units in the national park system that gives thanks this Veterans Day weekend to the men and women who have defended our freedom through military service. Badlands, a fee park, will join other national park fee locations and offer a fee-free weekend from Saturday, November 10, 2012 through Monday, November 12, 2012.
September 24, 2012
Badlands National Park and Friends Group to Host “Badlands Bash”
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.
September 18, 2012
Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Fee Free Entry
Badlands National Park will be joining national park units across the country in celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) with fee free entry into the park.
August 07, 2012
Badlands Selected as 2012 National Park Foundation America's Best Idea Grant Recipient
Badlands has been selected as one of 49 national parks participating in the 2012 America’s Best Idea program sponsored by the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. Inspired by the critically-acclaimed Ken Burns documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, the America’s Best Idea grant program funds park projects designed to connect diverse, under-engaged populations throughout the United States with their national parks in innovative and meaningful ways.
July 23, 2012
Badlands to Host Astronomy Festival
Badlands National will hold its first Badlands Astronomy Festival, August 17th-19th in conjunction with the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium’s annual Space Days 2012. All events will be in the area around the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Activities will focus on the night sky as a resource of the park.
July 21, 2012
Additional Fire Restrictions in Place
We welcome visitors to enjoy their national parks and public lands this summer – but please do so with caution. Due to excessive heat, drier than normal conditions, and high fire danger, we encourage you to read the following precautions:
July 11, 2012
Badlands to Host Heritage Celebration
Badlands National will hold the 4th Annual Heritage Celebration, July 20-22. The celebration’s events will focus on traditional Native American songs, dances, and crafts, and are included in the park admission fee.
July 03, 2012
Enjoy a Safe Holiday
We welcome visitors to enjoy their national parks and public lands this Fourth of July. Due to excessive heat, drier than normal conditions, and high fire danger, we encourage you to read the following tips.
June 07, 2012
Injured Hiker Rescued at Badlands
Park Rangers received a 911 call from two European visitors at approximately 10:30 AM today reporting an injured hiker on the Notch Trail.
June 07, 2012
South Unit General Management Plan, Record of Decision Signed
On Saturday, June 2 the Record of Decision (ROD) for the South Unit General Management Plan, Badlands National Park, was signed by Pine Ridge Indian Reservation President John Yellow Bird Steele and Badlands National Park Superintendent Eric Brunnemann.
June 04, 2012
The Saber Site and Fossil Prep Lab Open at Badlands
Today, June 4, 2012 marks the grand opening of the Saber Site and fossil prep lab at Badlands National Park.
June 01, 2012
Badlands National Park Begins Summer Season
Sunday, May 27th marked the beginning of summer ranger programs at Badlands National Park.
May 16, 2012
Thanking America’s Armed Forces: Active Duty U.S. Military Offered Free Entrance to All National Parks
To show our appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. Military, on May 19 – Armed Forces Day – the National Park Service will begin issuing an annual pass offering free entrance to all 397 national parks for active duty military members and their dependents.