August 08, 2014
The park is working to improve environmental justice and inspire the next generation of park stewards by involving diverse youth from different communities. A partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of America is helping us achieve this goal.
July 22, 2014
The story of the saber cat's discovery and the importance of visitor fossil finds in Badlands National Park. One intern's experience with the ancient life of the Badlands.
July 09, 2014
Emerald shares a very personal story about why career training at the park has meant so much to her.
July 06, 2014
Dwan posesses natural gifts in resource interpretation. In this post, she recounts her experience sharing knowledge and working for envionmental justice with both the Montana Conservation Corps and the Boys and Girls Club of Ellsworth Airforce Base.
July 02, 2014
Jayden Dull Knife reflects on his experience at the Red Shirt Table clean up.
June 29, 2014
The National Park Service defines "youth" as 25 years old and younger. Our twenty-somethings are the key to engaging the next generation. In this blog post, park ranger Dakota McCoy explains her work at staying connected to teens and bridging the gap from "cool" youth culture to the meanings of national parks.
June 27, 2014
Joseph One Skunk was invited to apply to our summer intern program in 2014. He has made lots of new friends and feels fortunate to be a part of the program.
June 24, 2014
Sixteen year old park guide Earl Henry Lamont has developed a keen interest in paleontology. The intern program provides professional job shadowing opportunities in the hopes of inspiring the next generation to pursue related careers.
June 23, 2014
Dwan Wilcox has been an volunteer and Park Guide at Badlands National Park for over a year. In that time, her leadership skills have advanced and she looks to a bright future, for herself and for her community.
June 20, 2014
Nathan Wooden Knife has worked as a park volunteer since he was twelve years old. Now that he is sixteen years old, he has moved into a Park Guide position. Nathan will wear the ranger uniforms and help our visitors all summer. Nathan describes the program in this blog post.
June 17, 2014
The successes of the intern program are truly due to park ranger/teacher Josh Menke's efforts. From day one last summer, he started recruiting young leaders from his school. Now, Josh directs the Badlands youth intern program.
June 13, 2014
With two years of experience, successes, and failures behind us, we look to the future. The 2014 Tribal Youth Intern Program has officially started. What do we do first? Set goals, get trained, and, oh yeah, get out there and learn everything we can about Badlands National Park. --An Introductory Blog Post by Julie Johndreau, Education Specialist, Badlands National Park