Video Conferences

Badlands National Park conducts interactive classroom presentations through distance learning video conferences. Schools can connect by IP Contact or Skype.

Scheduling a Video Conference

We offer distance learning programs on the topics described below. Appropriate grade levels are suggested, but programs can be adjusted for any grade level (K-12) upon request.

Video conference programs will begin on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. A reservation request form must be complete at least 10 days before the requested program date.

Time Travel with Fossils (3-5)
Make inferences about ancient animals and environments based on the fossil evidence.
Layers of Sedimentary Rocks (6-8)
Discover how the rocks of Badlands reveal ancient ecosystems.
Prairie Animals and Habitats (K-3)
Learn about how prairie animals have adapted so that they can survive and thrive here.
Bison Banquet (3-5)
Learn about the bison's natural and cultural history.

Contact us with questions.

Preparing for a Video Conference

Teachers who have scheduled a video conference ranger program 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.

Connection Information

Schools are responsible for testing their equipment and confirming the connection method with the ranger prior to our scheduled program date.

Please note: Different schools have different means of connecting with us. The park's preferred method of connection is a direct IP dial to 64.251.168.34. Check with the ranger on availability of other mobile and desktop video conferencing options. Whatever way your district connects, it is critical that you test and
confirm the connection prior to your program date.

Results

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  • A Hidatsa Earthlodge

    Park Rangers describe the home of the Tribes of the Northern Great Plains from inside of a lifesize replica earthlodge. They also describe the roles and responsibilities of people within the community, trade relations and the effects of trade on technology used by the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara during the 1800s.

    Type:
    Distance Learning
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Anthropology, Archaeology, Community, Family Life, History
    National/State Standards:
    Fourth Grade
    Social Studies
    4.1.1,4.1.3
    Eighth Grade
    8.1.1,8.1.2
    Keywords:
    indians, Hidatsa, Earthlodge, earth lodge, Mandan, Arikara, Tribes, Buffalo, buffalo hide, Native American culture, Native American history
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    Bison Banquet

    Bison close-up

    Explore the variety of ways the American bison has been used by Native Americans.

    Type:
    Distance Learning
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, History, Nutrition, Pioneer America, Textiles, Westward Expansion, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
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    Layers of Sedimentary Rocks

    View from the White River Valley Overlook

    Explore the sedimentary rocks of Badlands National Park, learning how each layer formed and what information can be learned from the rocks.

    Type:
    Distance Learning
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Paleontology
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    Prairie Animals and Habitats

    Prairie dog eating

    Grasses dominate the plant life of the mixed-grass prairie ecosystem found within Badlands National Park. Learn more about how animals living on the prairie have adapted so they can thrive here.

    Good

    Average: 4.0 (6 ratings)

    Type:
    Distance Learning
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Third Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Ecology, Environment, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
    National/State Standards:
    K-living vs. nonliving; 1-survival/habitats; 2-adaptations/endangered/extinct
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    Time Travel with Fossils

    Archaeotherium jaw

    Students discuss the fossils found at Badlands National Park and make inferences about ancient animals and environments based on the fossil evidence.

    Excellent

    Average: 5.0 (19 ratings)

    Type:
    Distance Learning
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Ecology, Environment, Paleontology
    National/State Standards:
    3-adaptations/form/function/survival; 4-adaptations/survival/food webs

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 6
Interior, SD 57750

Phone:

(605) 433-5361

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