Interpretive programs will be offered from Sunday, May 27 through Monday, September 3, 2018.
Badlands National Park is in the Mountain Time Zone. Programs are presented at several locations throughout the park. These locations are identified in the park newspaper and park brochure. You can also find them by watching for white signs announcing programs along the Loop Road.
Geology Walk 8:30 a.m. Daily
Explore the geologic story of the White River Badlands on this 45 minute walk. Meet at the Door Trailhead located at the far north end of the Door/Window parking area 2 miles south of the Northeast Entrance Station on the Badlands Loop Road. Wear a hat and closed-toe shoes. Terrain is varied.
Paleontology Lab 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Daily through September 21, 2018
Come see a piece of history uncovered as the paleontogy staff prepare fossils found in Badlands National Park. The lab is located in the Ben Reifel Visitor Center.
Fossil Talk 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Daily
Explore what fossils can tell us about the story of ancient life in the Badlands and why they should be protected at this 15 - 20 minute talk. Meet at the Fossil Exhibit Trail, 5 miles northwest of the park headquarters/visitor center on the Badlands Loop Road.
Fun in the Sun Fri. - Mon. 3:00 p.m.
Participate in solar activities and view the sun through a solar telescope. Meet in front of the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Wear sunscreen and a hat.
Evening Program Daily May, June, & July 9:00 p.m., August & September 8:30 p.m.
Join a park ranger for a 45 minute presentation at the Cedar Pass Campground Amphitheater. Check at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center Information Desk for the nightly program topic. Program will start when the sky is dark!
Night Sky Viewing Daily (after the conclusion of the Evening Program)
May, June, & July 9:45 p.m., August & September 9:15 p.m.
View the spectacular night sky through large telescopes or bring your own binoculars. The ranger will help you to locate and identify constellations, stars, and planets. Program will start after the Evening Program has concluded.
White River Visitor Center Ranger Programs 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Daily
Join our rangers in the White River Visitor Center for daily Ranger Talks. Delve deeper into the stories of the badlands as Rangers explore topics such as Oglala Lakota history and culture; changes to the physical landscape; and the future of public land management.
2018 Special Events
National Park Week (April 21 - 29)
Discover Badlands Rescheduled for August 1
Badlands Astronomy Festival (July 6 - 8)
Badlands Heritage Celebration (August 18 & 19)
Saturday August 18
9:30 a.m. Native Plant Walk (Meet at the Notch Trailhead)
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Hands-on presentations of tribal traditions (Ben Reifel Visitor Center area)
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cedar Pass Lodge will provide light refreshments (Ben Reifel Visitor Center area)
7:00 p.m. Hoop Dancer Kevin Lock Performs (Cedar Pass Amphitheater)
8:30 p.m. Homesteading presentation (Cedar Pass Amphitheater)
Sunday, August 19 - White River Visitor Center area
10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony
10:15 a.m. Traditional Buffalo Butchering Demonstration
11:30 a.m. Flute playing and storytelling by Kevin Locke
1:30 p.m. Lakota Horsemanship Demonstration
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Traditional Dancing
All Day - Junior Ranger Activity Zone and Local Artist Demonstrations
Founder's Day (August 25)