Badlands in Your Classroom

On hold until further notice due to COVID

Bring Badlands National Park into your classroom! Park rangers are available to come to your classroom if you’re in the local area, which extends from most Black Hills area schools to Philip, Kadoka, and Pine Ridge Reservation. We’ll bring the Badlands to your students to help facilitate learning and comprehension.
Programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Ancient Ecosystems – Discover how rocks can tell us about history and explore the ancient ecosystems of Badlands. Best suited for 3rd and 4th grades meeting standards 3-LS4-1, 3-LS4-4, 4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-1, and easily adaptable to meet middle school science standards MS-ESS2-3, MS-ESS2-2, 7.G.4.1 and high school science standard HS-ESS2-4
  • Fossil Express! – Students will learn about ancient animals and compare them with modern day animals and predict the environment in which the animals once lived. This offering works well for 3rd grade targeting standards 3-LS4-4, 3-LS4-1
  • Bison Banquet –Explore how the bison were critical to the Lakota Sioux by examining how every part of the bison was used for their survival. Bison Banquet is suitable for most grades and meets standard 4.H.1.1

We’re fortunate to have education staff with a wide range of skills and expertise, so don’t hesitate to reach out for other opportunities to have a ranger in your classroom.
Contact the education specialist at to set up a visit, or to talk about other programs available for your classroom.

Last updated: November 17, 2020

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25216 Ben Reifel Road
Interior, SD 57750


(605) 433-5361

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