The Badlands

By Aurora Schafer

Introduction

Badlands National park! 244,000 acres of portected land. There are many species of animals and plants, as well as the beautiful, sedimentary rock mountains and fertile lands.
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History of the Badlands

  • For a long time, around a 11,000 years, the Native Americans have used the Badlands for hunting grounds. The people used to camp in the valleys where there were streams of fresh water. Over the years the streams have eroded many of the valleys.
  • In the end of the 19th century the United States government forced the Native Americans out of most of their territory.
  • Badlands national park was established November 10, 1978

Native Americans

The Native Americans used the Badlands as hunting grounds for a long time, up to 11,000 years, until the United States pushed the Native Americans out of their land and put them into reservations.

Interesting Facts

  • The rocks used to for the mountains are sedimentary rocks that have taken long to form from layers of rocks, silt, dead plants and animals, ect.
  • The Native Americans used this as their hunting grounds for years until the U.S. forced them out of their land
  • the rock valleys and formations were weathered into odd shapes.

Activities & Events!

There are many things to do in Badlands National Park such as hiking trails, camping, biking, and even visiting the Fossil Prep Lab. You can see many plant and animals in Badlands National park in their natural habitats. This gives families a chance to bond and see what wild life is really about!

Climate Monthly

January- 34/11 degrees F

February- 40/16 degrees F

March- 48/24 degrees F

April- 62/36 degrees F

May- 72/46 degrees F

June- 83/56 degrees F

July- 92/62 degrees F

August- 91/61 degrees F

September- 81/51 degrees F

October- 68/39 degrees F

November- 50/26 degrees F

December- 39/16 degrees F

Year Climate

About 63/37 degrees F

Rain

The Badlands is a very dry place, especially in between the months of January and March, and October and December.

January - March: 1.67"

October - December: 1.61"

Sources

Climate- "Badlandsinfo.com." Badlandsinfocom RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2015.

History- "Badlands National Park - National Geographic." National Geographic. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2015.

Activities- "Top 12 Things to Do in Badlands National Park, SD: Badlands National Park Attractions." – Find What to Do Today, This Weekend, or in May. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2015.