Badlands National Park to build new visitor centre

Published on : Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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Badlands National Park will build a new visitor centre in the Cedar Pass section of the park.

At this location, wind and water have carved towering geological rock formations from the prairie.

The centre aims at educating park visitors about the region’s paleontological and geological resources, and cultures of the Oglala Sioux tribe and Lakota people.

Nearly 917,000 people visited the park last year, according to the National Park Service.

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust donated $3.3 million for the project.

Badlands Natural History Association has also pledged $1.8 million, and the Badlands National Park Conservancy has contributed $100,000.

Badlands National Park’s layered rocks formations and stunning buttes offer visitors a breathtaking glimpse into a scenic landscape.

Its formation started millions of years ago.

Helmsley Charitable Trust Trustee Walter Panzirer said this in a statement.

He also expressed his excitement to lead the funding effort to construct a new, modern visitor centre.

It will highlight the park’s splendour and significance.

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