By: Ashley Zhu
History of Park
- BECOME A JUNIOR RANGER- If you are interested in helping protect our national parks, then becoming a junior ranger is the place for you! Just pick up a book and complete all the activities, and attend a ranger-guided program to earn your certificate, and you are a junior ranger!
- OBSERVE THE NIGHT SKY- After the evening ranger program, stay and relax to enjoy the star-filled night sky! There are telescopes provided, and a ranger will point out the different celestial objects in the sky.
- GO ON A GPS ADVENTURE- Download the GPS Adventure Activity Book to help you go to wherever in the park you want. You will also be equipped with a GPS device, but remember to leave all fossils and other artifacts you find in the park.
The Badlands average around 1 inch of erosion each year. Imagine how much rock would wear away in your lifetime! The three rivers - the White river, the Bad river, and the Cheyenne river greatly contribute to the erosion.
The Badlands is one of the world's richest fossil beds. The White river contains a significant amount of the fossils in the park, including prehistoric camels, three-toed horses, saber-toothed tigers, deer-like mammals, and more, all existing some 75 million years ago.
Association with Native Americans
National Park Services, http://www.nps.gov/badl/planyourvisit/things2do.htm