Virtual Field Trips

Plan a virtual field trip to Badlands National Park!

Virtual field trips provide students with an in-depth look at fossils, wildlife, and ecosystems. Our rangers facilitate virtual programs that can be conducted in a classroom on individual devices or all-on-one device. Programs are booked for 1 hour time frames, providing 45 minutes of instruction and 15 minutes for Q&A.

Our current virtual field trip offerings are:

Fossil Express

Grade Levels 3rd
Curriculum Standards 3-LS4-4, 3-LS4-1
Essential Question How does studying fossils help us understand our environment?
Program Description Fossils give us clues about Earth’s past including the kinds of organisms that lived in the past, how the environment changed, and how organisms have changed. Discover what it means to be a paleontologist and the importance of finding fossils. Using observation skills and viewing fossils, students will learn about ancient animals and compare them with modern day animals.

Bison Banquet
Grade Levels 4th
Curriculum Standards 4.H.1.1
Essential Question Why was the bison the most important mammal to North America?
Program Description Bison have had a great importance to Great Plains ecosystem and to the people who lived within it. Discover more about these amazing creatures, how they supported Native people for thousands of years, and how their decline changed an ecosystem.

Ancient Ecosystems
Grade Levels 3rd-4th; Middle, and High School
Curriculum Standards 3-LS4-1, 3-LS4-4, 4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-1; MS-ESS2-3, MS-ESS2-2, 7.G.4.1; HS-ESS2-4
Essential Question What can characteristics of fossils and geology tell us?
Program Description Some kinds of plants and animals that once lived on Earth are no longer found anywhere. Discover how rocks can tell us about history and explore the ancient ecosystems of Badlands.

These programs are not our only programs. We are constantly working on developing new programs and improving our established programs. Other educational opportunites are available upon request or coordinating with the Education Specialist (contact information below).

Educators may also wish to coordinate their preferred conferencing platform (i.e. Zoom, Google Meet, etc.). When a program is scheduled with the park, please send the meeting link to the Education Specialist (contact information below.

Questions – contact the education specialist at e-mail us or (605) 433-5244 with any questions you have related to content, scheduling, or connecting.


Virtual Field Trip Request Form

NPS Form 10-1750 (Rev. 04/2021)
National Park Service

OMB Control No. 1024-0228
Expiration Date 11/31/2025

Discussion Points for Virtual / Distance Learning Program

Virtual and/or Distance Learning can vary depending on the technical capabilities of the park and the school. in order to find appropriate accommodations for your learning experience, here are some categories to be prepared to discuss with the park:

  1. Internet Access
  2. Phone Access (speaker phone or conference line)
  3. Mobile or digital video conferencing capabilities
  4. Firewall
  5. Hardware and Software Capabilities
  6. Classroom pre-work or assignments


A park representative will follow-up to confirm group details once this request has been received and reviewed.

NPS Form 10-1750 (Rev. 04/2021)
National Park Service

OMB Control No. 1024-0228
Expiration Date 11/31/2025


Privacy Act Statement

Authority: Public Law 114-289 National Park Service Centennial Act and 54 U.S.C. 100701 Protection, interpretation, and research in System.

Purpose: To administer education programs for education audiences including but not limited to school groups, scouting groups, extracurricular groups, and home school groups.

Routine Uses: To effectively manage requests for education received by the NPS, the Education Reservation Request Form is used to collect basic education reservation information to facilitate operational aspects of scheduling groups for park education programs, including in-park education programs, ranger in classroom programs, and/or online distance learning programs.

Disclosure: Voluntary, however, failure to provide the requested information may impede the ability to grant your education reservation request.

Paperwork Reduction Act Statement

We are collecting this information subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501) to provide park managers and educators the information needed to schedule and conduct education program activities. All applicable parts of the form must be completed in order for your request to be considered. You are not required to respond to this or any other Federal agency-sponsored information collection unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. OMB has approved this collection of information and assigned control number 1024-0288.

Estimated Burden Statement

Public reporting for this collection of information is estimated to average 5 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to the Information Collection Clearance Officer, National Park Service, 1201 Oakridge Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525. Do not send your completed form to this address.

Last updated: May 3, 2024

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25216 Ben Reifel Road
Interior, SD 57750


605 433-5361

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