Virtual Field Trips

Can’t make the trip to Badlands with your students? That’s ok! Badlands National Park offers a variety of engaging virtual sessions through video conferencing.
Badlands is known for it’s unique geologic features and fossils. We’re more than just amazing geology. The park has some excellent paleontological resources, and fascinating animals. Our curriculum-based programs highlight these unique characteristics. Programs can be modified to meet standards in your area.

Our current virtual programs are:

  • 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


If you’re interested in scheduling a virtual field trip to Badlands National Park, please send an email to BADL_Education_Specialist@nps.gov with the following information:

Proposed date with program start and end time (include Mountain Standard Time (Denver))
Program of Interest
Grade Level
Number of students
Name of school
Location of school
Contact info for teacher(s)
Desired outcomes for the session


Connecting With Us
Our preferred way to connect with classes is through Skype, however we can meet over any virtual meeting platform. We can work with you to make sure we meet the needs of your class.

Questions – Please contact the education specialist at BADL_Education_Specialist@nps.gov or 605-433-5242 with any questions you have related to content, scheduling, or connecting.

Last updated: November 17, 2020

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Mailing Address:

25216 Ben Reifel Road
Interior, SD 57750

Phone:

(605) 433-5361

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