Prairie Ecology

a single juniper stands at the bottom of a gentle prairie slope, which rolls up into a hill on the right.
The prairies of Badlands National Park are home to a rich environment of plants and creatures.

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Life in the Grasslands

Curious about the ecology of mixed-grass prairies? These lanscapes are home to a wide array of species, both plant and animal. Check out the articles below to learn more about how these species interact with each other in the grasslands of Badlands National Park.

Prairie Ecology Portal

  • tall green prairie grasses with a white flower sway in front of badlands buttes.
    Prairie Ecology

    Learn more about the grasslands in the park, the animals that live within them, and the people working to protect them.

  • an elevated patch of prairie, roughly cubic, stands above grasses and canyons.
    Sod Tables

    Why do some parts of the prairie stand above the rest? Read this article to learn more about what sod tables are and how they got there.

Last updated: July 20, 2020

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