Lesson Plan

Can You Dig It?

Paleontologists collect fossils at the Saber Site
Paleontologists collect fossils at the Saber Site

National Park Service photograph

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Grade Level:
Fifth Grade-Sixth Grade


Discover how paleontologists find fossils and learn more about past life.


Learn about the rocks and fossils of Badlands National Park. Explore the job of a paleontologist through a hands-on fossil dig activity.


This is currently being offered only as an in-class ranger presentation to classes at schools within 80 miles of Interior, South Dakota.

Teachers should prepare their students accordingly. Students should have some understanding of Badlands National Park (location, mission, ecosystem) and some general background knowledge related to their program topic. Teachers may use materials provided from the links below, the specific pre-visit lesson plans, or their own lessons to best prepare their students.

Suggested pre-visit lesson


 Badlands National Park Ranger

Additional Resources

For more information contact the park.