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


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  • Visitor Center Open / Road Construction

    Park roads and parking lots are under construction. Expect occasional 10 - 15 minute road construction delays along Hwy 240 Loop Road. There is limited parking at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Please follow the signs to park in designate areas.

Summer Naturalist Internships

Intern researching in the park's library

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Badlands National Park is seeking interns to spend 13 weeks volunteering in the park as summer naturalists. Duties include preparing and presenting walks, talks, evening programs, and children’s programs to the visiting public on the natural and cultural resources of the park.

Interns staff the Ben Reifel Visitor Center information desk and rove park trails and overlooks, providing information and assistance to park visitors. Interns also complete a variety of writing assignments and office projects, depending on summer needs.

Learn more about the position's duties and application requirements by viewing the Summer Naturalist Internship Announcement (663 KB, Word document). The application deadline is February 15, 2008. For further questions, feel free to contact Volunteer Program Coordinator Roberta Gorman at (605) 433-5244.

Did You Know?

Sandstone caprock balanced atop eroding sediments, an example of a toadstool or hoodoo

The badlands are some of the fastest eroding landscapes on earth with erosion rates averaging 1” per year in their fragile layers. However, in areas where sandstone is found, the erosion rate may be 1” in 500 years. Often, toadstools form when surrounding sediments erode beneath a sandstone caprock.