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.
To schedule a video conference program, contact the Badlands Education Specialist 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.
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 184.108.40.206 or through Skype. 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.
Time Travel with Fossils
Travel back in time to discover ancient ecosystems and animals
Prairie Animals and Habitats
Meet a cast of prairie animals and learn how they live together in the...
Layers of Sedimentary Rocks
Discover how the rocks of Badlands National Park reveal ancient...
Learn about the bison's natural and cultural history