In Honor of a President

When Theodore Roosevelt came to Dakota Territory to hunt bison in 1883, he was a skinny, young, spectacled dude from New York. He could not have imagined how his adventure in this remote and unfamiliar place would forever alter the course of the nation. The rugged landscape and strenuous life that TR experienced here would help shape a conservation policy that we still benefit from today.

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Intro Greetings from Theodore Roosevelt National Park!
We are excited to announce that the annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival is kicking off its 8th year on Saturday August 15th. But something is different this year.
It’s no surprise that this summer has been unlike any we have experienced before. The park has faced many changes to combat the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, including the alteration of normal NPS operations, services, and ranger programs.
For the last several years, Theodore Roosevelt National Park has welcomed night sky enthusiasts of all ages and different levels of expertise to this spectacular event to share passion and interest for all thing’s night sky. This year, to help slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus, park staff and NPS volunteers are taking Dakota Nights to a virtual online experience!
From topics including globular clusters, to constellations, engaging hands-on activities for children, exploring the magic of star lore, and learning about special adaptations of some amazing nighttime animals, join us from the comfort of your home as we explore the wonders of the nighttime environment. Follow our Facebook page this week as we share more information on the specific topics being discussed for this year’s Dakota Nights.
The day before the festival, we will share a schedule of the topics and times being covered with events kicking off at 8:00 am MST.
We are eager to share the dazzling beauty and mystery of the night sky with you during this virtual experience – See you Saturday August 15th!

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Ranger welcomes you to the 8th annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival

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Virtual Dakota Nights

2020 Virtual Dakota Nights will be held on August 15th

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Astronomy Activities for Youth

Are you looking for some fun and educational end-of-summer activities for your children? Dakota Nights is an event for all ages!

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Plan Your Visit

Get all the information you need to plan your adventure - maps, directions, hiking information, a visitor guide, and more.

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Fees and Passes

Learn about no contact transactions to reduce person-to-person interactions.

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Nearby Lodging and Dining

The park's only lodging is primitive camping and there are no dining facilities in the park. But nearby communities have you covered.

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Become a Junior Ranger!

Whether visiting in person or visiting virtually, we have a Junior Ranger book and badge waiting for a curious adventurer.

Hiker in the Badlands

Leave No Trace

Follow these seven principles to keep national parks special places to visit and for future generations to enjoy.

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park Store

The park store offers a wide range of educational items for all ages. Shopping the association store is a great way to support your park.

Last updated: August 11, 2020

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