Celebrate National Park Week at Badlands NP April 21 – 29, 2018

Photo: Xavier Cohen


Interior, SD – Badlands National Park will celebrate National Park Week with free entrance on Saturday, April 21, 2018.  This year’s theme is “Park Stars,” celebrating everything from starry skies to superstar volunteers, park features, and resources. Parks, programs, and partners nationwide invite people everywhere to explore stories, experiences, and sites that brighten the National Park System and public lands.

Throughout the week, Badlands staff will share the stories of parks within a day’s drive during a National Park Film Festival.  Each day at 1:00 p.m. a different park film will be featured in the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. From Homestead of America National Monument to Fort Laramie National Historic Site to Pipestone National Monument, learn how these Shared Stories overlap with the stories of Badlands National Park.  National Park Week is a time to explore amazing places, discover stories of history and culture, help out, and find your park!

The Ben Reifel Visitor Center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Visit www.nps.gov/badl for more information on programs at Badlands National Park or call the Ben Reifel Visitor Center at 605-433-5361.

Badland’s Annual Christmas Bird Count

December 16, 2017

Badlands National Park will conduct its annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Thursday, December 28, 2017.  Participants will meet in front of the Ben Reifel Visitor Center at 7:30am.  Enjoy a day of birding and help document winter birdlife in the park.

Participants need not be experts.  Experienced birders from the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies will be assisting with bird identification.  Plan to bring binoculars, a lunch and snacks, plenty of water, and clothes for varied winter weather conditions. A camera and field guidebooks are also suggested.  For more information, contact Nancy Drilling at nancy.drilling@birdconservancy.org.