Badlands National Park Park Programs

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Badlands National Park provides a variety of quality programs to enhance your understanding of the natural area and its history and culture. Join rangers and naturalists as they walk and talk you through the ecology of the delicate and foreboding Badlands. Don't forget the kids; there are several programs designed especially for them.

Check out the complete Schedule of Park Programs (be sure to enter the dates you are visiting

Geology Walk The Geology Walk entails a 35-minute walk into the White River Basin. A park staff member provides commentary about the surrounding geology. Make sure you wear a hat and closed toe shoes as the walk can be hot and the terrain varied. Walks depart daily at 8:30.

Fossil Talk This 20-minute talk will enlighten you about the significance of several fossils found in the Badlands area. You'll also explore the importance of protecting fossil resources. The talks are held several times daily.

Junior Ranger Program The Junior Ranger Program is designed for children ages 7 through 12 and involves a variety of activities and subjects. After completing the program, participants will earn their Junior Ranger badge. There is a daily 45-minute program led by a ranger at the Cedar Pass Campground.

Ranger Talk Everyday, a ranger gives a 20-minute talk on various topics at the Cedar Pass Campground Amphitheater.

Prairie Walk Explore the prairie lands with a park ranger on an easy half-mile walk. Expect sun and varied terrain.

Evening Program A slide show highlighting various topics pertaining to the Badlands area is presented every night. Presentations last about 40 minutes.

Wild Adventure Hike For the more adventurous traveler, the park offers a chance to explore off-trail areas of the Badlands. This is a strenuous trip and the hike lasts 3.5 hours. Only eight participants are allowed on each trip and reservations must be made at least 12 hours in advance.

Night Prowl The Night Prowl involves a short walk along a drainage to a natural amphitheater. Rangers lead discussions about astronomy, night animals, and folklore. Bring a flashlight and a blanket to sit on.