Educational Resources

Three students work with a park ranger to make observations in a nature journal.
Three students work with a park ranger to make observations in a nature journal.

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Badlands Education Programs

Share with your students the unique experience of Badlands National Park and learn about one of our nation’s more unique landscapes that includes striking geologic deposits and one of the world’s richest fossil beds. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where many wildlife live today.

Education programs at Badlands National Park can be conducted in-person or virtually and are aligned with state and national social studies and/or science standards. All programs can be modified to meet your desired outcomes and/or specific age groups.

A park ranger displaying fossils to a class virtually.
Virtual Field Trips

Virtual field trips provide students with an in-depth look at fossils, wildlife, and ecosystems right into your classroom.

Park ranger displaying a geology guide about rock layers.
Curriculum Materials

Access lesson plans and primary/secondary resources about Badlands National Park.

A park ranger displays a fossil to a group.
Classroom Visits

Park rangers are available to come to your classroom and present a program or activity (local area only).

A ranger leading students on a guided hike.
Park Field Trips

Park rangers can work with you to create a field trip itinerary that includes hiking and curriculum related activities.

Last updated: February 28, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

25216 Ben Reifel Road
Interior, SD 57750


605 433-5361

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