• Badlands formations against the blue sky; photo by Rikk Flohr

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

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Badlands in Brief

Join park rangers as they explore the resources of Badlands National Park. These short videos will introduce you to what you may experience when you visit the park.

You can also view our videos by subscribing to Badlands in Brief on iTunes or YouTube.

 

Welcome

Join Ranger Cathy Bell to learn about the Badlands and all the amazing resources found here.

Running Time: 2:54 minutes
Written & Produced by: Cathy Bell

 

Wildlife

Planning a visit to the Badlands? Find out where you can see common park wildlife such as bison, bighorn sheep, mule deer, and pronghorn.

Running Time: 2:55 minutes

Written & Produced by: Julie Johndreau

 

Geology

How did the Badlands form? Learn the geologic story here.

Running Time: 3:12 minutes
Produced by: Julie Johndreau

 

Junior Ranger

Get ready to earn your badge! In this episode, twelve year old Nathan Wooden Knife describes the Badlands junior ranger program.

Running Time: 2:05 minutes
Presented by: Nathan Wooden Knife
Produced by: Julie Johndreau

 

Kylie's Fossil Find

Kylie Ferguson discovered a rare saber tooth cat skull in Badlands National Park. Learn about her amazing fossil discovery.

Running Time: 5 minutes
Featuring: Rachel Benton & Clint Boyd
Produced by: Julie Johndreau

 

Secrets of the Past

Teacher-Ranger Cindy Holub explains the geology of Badlands National Park to grade K-8 students. Lesson plans included.

Running Time: 6 minutes
Presented by: Cindy Holub
Produced by: Julie Johndreau & Sara Feldt

 

Artist in Residence

The Badlands are a source of inspiration for artists of all disciplines. Find out more about the program and view artwork submissions.

Running Time: 7 minutes
Featuring: Julie Johndreau, Charlie Lyon, Rikk Flohr, & Jason Jilg
Produced by: Sara Feldt

 

National Fossil Day Video

Celebrate the National Fossil Day spirit year round with this catchy song and fun music video. Watch for images from the Badlands.

Running Time: 2 minutes
Song Written and Performed by: Jeff Wolin
Video Produced by: Alison L. Mims

 


Walk the Badlands

Fourth graders get fit with the Walk the Badlands program.

Running Time: 1:31 minutes
Featuring: Mrs. Graupmann's Fourth Grade Class, Kadoka, SD

 
Two students sitting in the badlands

Interior School

Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students from the Interior School describe what they like about the Badlands and the park education program.

 

Picture Yourself - National Park Week

National Park Week is April 21-29, 2012. Picture yourself at Badlands National Park!

 

 

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.