Badlands

By: Becka Ronin

The History

For over 11,000 years Native Americans used most of the land as hunting grounds. There were paleo-indians, next the Arikara people, followed by the Lakato. Their descendants live today in North Dakota as a part of the Three Affiliated Tribes. It is now a National Park that protects the great prairie and all of it's wildlife.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badlands_National_Park

Climate

There is a variety of weather ranging from 116 degree's F in the day to -40° F at night. Summers are hot and dry with few storms. Winters are usually cold with snow ranging from 12-24 inches every year.


http://www.nps.gov/badl/planyourvisit/weather.htm

Activities and Events

  • Drive the Badlands Highway and visit the fossil Prep. lab. You can hike the many trails while enjoying the beautiful sky. Become a Jr. Ranger and complete the GPS adventure for the Badlands. Go camping and search the country.


http://www.nps.gov/badl/planyourvisit/things2do.htm

Fascinating Facts

It contains 244,000 acres of wilderness, including impressive hills and valleys, along with a massive grass prairie.It became a national park in 1978, while trails were marked. The Badlands include lot's of Native wildlife, like the American Bison, the badger, and the Black-tailed prairie dog. It consists of mostly sedimentary rock and the wild prairie.


http://traveltips.usatoday.com/badlands-national-park-fun-facts-13159.html

Association with Native Americans

Native Americans used the grounds as hunting area. For over 11,000 years they hunted on the prairie/rocky range. There were 3 Native American nations, the Lakota, Arikara, and the paleo-indians.