Wendy Ross: Naturally, An Outdoor Woman

Wendy Ross

By Stephanie Fong | Photos by Rachael Neva Photo | Published in Inspired Woman Magazine, July 2019

The American naturalist and author Enos Mills wrote, “Within National Parks is room — glorious room — room in which to find ourselves, in which to think and hope, to dream and plan, to rest and resolve.” His words seem to be written for Wendy Ross, a woman whose entire life is virtually woven into the fabric of our national parks.

Wendy, the superintendent of Theodore Roosevelt National Park since 2015, regularly immerses herself into the glorious room that is the North Dakota Badlands to recharge her batteries, ponder her challenges, and grow her dreams for the national park under her care.

BORN INTO SERVICE

Wendy has been surrounded by the beauty of our national parks her entire life — her father was a climbing ranger at Mount Rainier National Park near Tacoma, Washington, when she was born. From there, her father’s career took the family to Grand Teton, Yosemite, and eventually Cape Cod National Seashore. When her parents relocated to the Great Smoky Mountains toward the end of her high school career, she was allowed to stay with family friends at Cape Cod through graduation. Whatever park she and her family were living at, volunteering within the parks was a big part of her youth.

“I volunteered through all of my high school years,” Wendy shares.

She participated in such projects as beach grass revegetation and fish studies for anoxic conditions.

“Anything that was a scientific research paper or project, I was involved in,” Wendy says.

In a time when national park employees were more often male than female, two strong female mentors, both resource management specialists, helped spark her interests and inspire career goals.

“They really showed me how cool it was to get outside and get dirty and do things like trap mosquitoes for different disease testing or look at Lyme disease on Cape Cod,” Wendy says.

Her natural scientific tendencies and childhood experiences led her to major in arctic and alpine biology at Middlebury College in Vermont. After graduation, she began a lifelong career in government service. First, with a two-year commitment to the Peace Corps in Sri Lanka followed by 25 years (and counting) with the national park service.

Starting at the entrance station at Yellowstone National Park, she grew her experience and responsibilities at each new park she was assigned — from Shiloh National Military Park to North Cascades National Park, from Glacier National Park to Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, and eventually Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

She smiles at the thought of her work out in the field in her earlier assignments.

“I’d do so much hiking. I love to be outside. At North Cascades, I was doing grazing studies out on backcountry trails, flood studies, and large-scale landform mapping.”

Even her memories of national events are shaped by where the parks have taken her.

“I was actually in the wilderness of North Cascades for a week, and 9/11 happened. We were in the flyway between Seattle and Minneapolis, and you would see contrails constantly when we’d be out camping, and all of a sudden, no airplanes. It was the most surreal thing. Silent. We came out of the back country a week later, and my husband met us at the trailhead and told us what happened. We had no clue.”

COMING FULL CIRCLE

During her college years, Wendy’s father became the superintendent at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP). From 1990-1995, he lived and worked in Medora, North Dakota.

After her junior year of college, raw from a breakup with a boyfriend, Wendy spent the summer in Medora hiking and biking the Badlands.

“I healed my broken heart, volunteered in the park, and had a great time,” she recalls with a chuckle.

Life moved on, and so did she — growing her career and moving up in levels of responsibility. Some 25 years later, she was thrilled to be named superintendent of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, a place she sees as a true treasure and a source of endless possibilities.

Having lived and worked in so many of our national parks, TRNP still stands out to Wendy as uniquely wonderful.

She points out one of her favorite wonders as the sudden change from grassland to Badlands near the Painted Canyon Visitor Center along Interstate 94.

“That drive from Dickinson into the Badlands — for me, every time, ‘falling off the edge of the earth’ there into the Badlands — is one of the experiences that never fails to surprise me.

“Here, the landscape is constantly in motion. It is constantly changing. You never know what you’re going to encounter,” Wendy adds.

She also knows how valuable and unique the lack of crowding is for TRNP and its visitors. While many of the park’s 700,000+ annual visitors traditionally drive the paved loop, Wendy recommends a different route.

“I would encourage people to get off the beaten path, either on a trail or off a trail, because this is one of the few parks in which you can actually go off trail. You can go with horses; you can hike,” Wendy says. “You come over horizons and you encounter scenery and you wonder when the last time people last saw that.”

She describes winter as an incredible time to visit the park.

“People think we’re closed in the wintertime, but we’re open all year, 24/7. One of my favorite things to do is to ski on the river with two inches of snow on the (frozen) river — that’s all you need on the river to ski.”

Asked if she has a favorite spot to visit in TRNP, her eyes light up as she declares, “I really don’t! Every day, every condition, every different kind of light — it’s all magical. And it extends for me to the larger Badlands area outside the park. There’s a lot of country to get lost in, and there’s so much history here.”

A SEED-PLANTER OF IDEAS

There is something about Wendy that shows she is completely comfortable in her own skin. As she approaches her 50th birthday this fall, she says she loves the place she is in her life.

“When I was in grade school, maybe 8 or 9 years old, I had these goals in my life: to go to Middlebury College, become a resource management specialist in the national park system, go to Alaska, and go into the Peace Corps, and I did all of those things before I was 30. It was really goal-oriented up until then.

“I’ve definitely evolved. I’m dream-oriented,” Wendy says. “I love to think about the big picture. I’ve come into this place in my life where I love to move to new places and look at huge-scale — I’m talking ecosystem-scale — possibilities. ‘What can be done in this place that has never been done before and what is something that is so universally huge that nobody else would even think about going there?’ Those are the kinds of challenges that move me now.”

Wendy didn’t always dream of being a park superintendent, but her excitement for relationship-building, the art of listening, and showing respect to everyone has naturally led her into a leadership role.

As superintendent, Wendy is tasked with taking care of the park’s resources, taking care of her staff, and leveraging the park’s partnerships.

She considers herself a seed-planter of ideas, giving the framework and encouragement to the many entities at play in Western North Dakota to create a future that benefits everyone.

“Western North Dakota is an ecosystem of recreation and resource protection,” Wendy says. “With the energy industry poised to produce two million gallons per day, and the communities having grown the way they have grown — Dickinson, Williston, Watford City, even Medora — I feel that Western North Dakota is in this place where we can rethink our relationship with the earth and how we recreate with the earth, how we use the earth, how we live in communities and how we expand our values to the larger ecosystem. TRNP is right at the core of that, as a core protected area.”

Wendy recognizes the value each cultural and economic group brings to our region.

“There are various different uses outside of our core protected area that are all relevant, all necessary, all exciting. And there’s so much collaboration potential there that if we all worked in different ways, I think we could have a model in Western North Dakota that’s not been seen anywhere else in the world.”

CHALLENGES IN TODAY’S NATURAL PARKS

With three distinct units and 70,000 acres, challenges facing Wendy and other park leadership today range from the practical to the big-picture. They plan long-term solutions for issues like managing genetic diversity within their bison population, proactively anticipating what chronic wasting disease could do to the elk herd and park resources, and working with an erosive landscape (an example just this year is having to close off a portion of the park loop drive due to the massive slumping that destroyed a stretch of road.)

But, from Wendy’s big-picture mindset, the biggest challenge today is successfully reconciling the dual mission of the national park service.

“The National Park Service was created to protect and preserve the natural and cultural resources for this and future generations,” Wendy explains, “So, there’s a resource protection mandate, and it’s for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.”

Part of her role at TRNP, then, is constantly assessing and analyzing what the public wants, whether that means more hikeable trails, more ranger-led programs, or more collaborations with community organizations and educational institutions.

And beyond what people say they want in surveys, Wendy also reflects on what people deeply need that our national parks can offer.

“Fundamentally, whether they know it or not, people are looking for the same exact same thing. They’re looking for a beautiful place. They’re looking for an experience they’ve never had before in a place that’s a little outside of their comfort zone, whether that’s going on a mile hike when you don’t usually hike, or going on a really strenuous backpacking trip.

“But I think people are also looking for solace — a place to lose oneself.”


Stephanie (Tinjum) Fong is a North Dakota native. She worked in Medora for a decade, first during her college summer breaks, and then on a year-round basis for seven years. She now lives in Dickinson with her husband and children, and they love to visit Medora several times a year.

This article has been re-published from inspiredwomanonline.com

Lady Behind the Counter

Behind-the-scenes interviews with Medora employees

Maybe you’ve seen her?

It may have been during one of the employee campfires, or at the Life Skills Center where she sits with people from every country, or perhaps you met her while she was behind the counter of the Rough Riders Gift shop totaling up your purchase.

One of the things tourists look forward to when they come to Medora is the chance to wander around and browse the many gift shops sprinkled around town.

Employees enjoy it as well (and the discount!).

I tend to find myself in the Rough Riders Gift shop on my way to get dinner from the Badlands Pizzeria or Maltese Burger, and I always seem to run into one particular seasonal worker. My kids even know her name and call it out with smiling faces.

Evelyn Glenn.

She is a pleasure to speak with and was generous enough to let us share a conversation with you.  

1. Where are you from?

I am from Western Pennsylvania. The bigger cities in Pennsylvania are Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, which is almost in Ohio, and I live about two hours north of that in a little town called Newcastle. I live on a small, not really functional farm, which has about 40 acres. Small amount of land compared to North Dakota!

2. Why Medora?

I came here with an organization called CRU, which stands for Campus Crusade for Christ. They do summer mission trips and send groups of students to different parts around the whole world. I didn’t really have any preference of where I wanted to go with that organization, but I knew I didn’t want to be at, one, the beach or, two, in a city. So I ended up here in Medora.

At first, I didn’t think there would be anything special about it but, as I’ve spent time here, I’ve realized I really like this town. I would come back here, even without CRU.

The people are so nice. I haven’t met one unkind person here at all. I have been here for a month and a half now, and I don’t feel homesick at all because there are so many people looking out for me, even people that aren’t in CRU. There are definitely family values here.

The first impression I had of Medora was when my co-worker Mrs. Marsha from the Ferris Store bought me a hamburger, fries and a coke.  She was like, “Ah, I gotcha. I’ll buy you lunch.” It was wonderful.

That’s just that’s how it is in Medora. People are kind to each other here.

3. What’s the best part (besides hamburgers) of working in retail?

I really, really like the people.

Before I came here I sometimes worried about how people can be stressed on vacation, but Medora is not like other places where you must rush and do everything. People come here and are a bit more relaxed, and taking time to see the sights and enjoy themselves.

The tourists are great to talk to.

I am learning the United States Geography just by asking, “Hey, where are you from?” and they tell me, “Well that’s north of here.” So that’s been fun, piecing together the North Dakota and Western Geography.

I really like working with the kids, too, because it is such a family-friendly town and there are so many little happy kids running around.  It’s fun to just say “hi” to them, and see if you can get them to smile.

4. Since you work at the Rough Riders Gift Shop, what is something you would buy from there?

Well, especially at the store where I work, there are way too many things to pick from. I actually had to set myself a buying limit. They just have a lot of really unique items there that you could not find anywhere else. For instance, we have real taxidermy rattlesnakes that are extremely terrifying.

And really cute clothes.

If you buy a dress from there no one will be wearing the same thing as you. Anywhere. And just nice quality things like helpful kitchen gadgets that you didn’t know you needed (you do). Unique, good quality products, fitting for unique Medora.

5. What is your hidden talent?

Whenever I have free time and I’m at home I love cooking and baking. Recently I made these sort of cakes called Lamingtons, which are a dessert from Australia. They are little cubes of yellow sponge cake and then you dip it in chocolate and coconut flakes. It’s a lot of steps to make but it’s actually pretty easy, but they look like you put a lot of work into them.

6. What is one way you hope Medora will change your life?

One thing I am hoping for is to gain a broader perspective of what people’s lives are like in the rest of the world, which is already happening.

Since living here, I have friends from all over the place like Dominican Republic, Lithuania, Ukraine, Kazakhstan. Everywhere. And it is so fun to ask, “What’s your life like?” or “What’s a normal day in Ukraine?”

You sit down at a table with people from three different countries and they’re all speaking their second language to you. I feel like my blinders have been blown off, and I am able to absorb all these different perspectives. Another thing I have been learning because of living here in Medora is that in America we always ask, “How are you?” and then just walk away. It’s just a greeting and people notice that. I hope my life will change just to actually mean it when I ask people how they are. Already I mean it more every day.

7. Since you’re an English major, what’s your favorite book?

‘Till We Have Faces’ by CS Lewis. It’s a Greek myth about two sisters and he wrote it because the myth itself had a lot of plot holes. He wanted to fix them and it is a great and deep story.

7. What is one question that no one has ever asked you but you wish they would?

At my church in Pennsylvania every Sunday night, we go through this catechism question that kind of reminds us of the point of life. I’ve always wanted someone to ask me this, one, because I could see if I’d memorized it and, two, just because it’s important to know where your true hope comes from.

The question is, “What’s your only comfort in life and death?

So the answer is, “That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.”

A little bit further down in the passage is my favorite part, “He also preserves me in such a way that without the will of my Heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head. Indeed, all things must work together for my salvation.” I would like people to ask me that to remind me that all things work together for good and that in Jesus we have hope for the rest of our lives.

Be sure to stop in and say ‘hello’ and ‘how are you’ to Evelyn on your way around town.

Evelyn, thank you for speaking with us, and we hope to try those cakes on International Night. Yum.

Man Behind the Dishes

Man Behind the Dishes

Behind-the-scenes interviews with Medora employees

Medora brings people from all over the world to experience the majesty of the Badlands, the nightly musical, and its wonderful history. To adore it.

This includes the employees.

Recently, we were able to speak with one of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation’s employees. His name is Jhin Xern Yeo but in the United States, he prefers people to call him Jason as it’s easier to say. He is from Malaysia and it took him more than 30 hours and three flights to get to Medora.

1. Do you have family?

We have six members, my parents, an elder brother and sister and one younger sister

2. Why Medora?

It’s a very peaceful and calm place. I personally don’t prefer living in a city because it’s too busy. I would rather feel calm and comfortable. Medora helps me feel that way. After listening to the stories of Theodore Roosevelt, I realized people come to Medora, not just because they want to have a comfortable few days here, but because they might be having bad days and they want to heal themselves, just like Roosevelt did.

3. Where do you work?

I work in the Life Skills Center as a dishwasher. I meet many great people there every day and I get the chance to talk with them when they come to put their dishes there. People call me the “Front Desk Man of the Kitchen” because I get to talk to people.

4. What’s your favorite part of your job?

To be honest, washing the dishes is not an easy job, but when I talk to someone and we greet each other, even though if it’s a simple smile and a hello, it can really make my day. So the best part is the people I see every day.

5. What is the best food you’ve had in the United States?

I have only had the food in the Life Skills Center, but the best food was the BBQ chicken.

6. How do you say ‘hello’ in your native tongue?

I speak Mandarin so how you say ‘hello’ is ‘Ni hao’ (pronounced “nee haow”) 你好 and people reply the same. But if you want to ask, “How are you?” you add the word Ma.  So you say ‘Ni hao ma.’

7. What is one question that no one has ever asked you but you wish they did?

I love to have deep conversations with anyone because I really love to listen to their stories. Because we all have our own stories. I wish people would ask me, “What is your life goal?”

For me, personally, because of University I get to travel to different countries including this trip to the United States, my life goal is to bring my family members to travel just like me. I hope. It’s always me who is the one traveling, and I can’t bring them. I want to be able to show them the BBQ chicken, what it’s like to travel 30 hours and three planes, and the comfortable life in Medora.

It was a pleasure to meet Jason and see his smile daily downstairs. I hope you all will take a moment to say ‘hello, you nice person‘ to him when you drop off your dishes. Not only will he make your day, but you will make his.

Teddy’s Bear

By Hannah Kroll | Medora, ND

It’s National Teddy Bear Picnic Day today!

The little teddy bear holiday might not be widely practiced elsewhere, but we at Medora love to celebrate these history-stuffed toys. You can probably guess why. The link between the teddy bear and Teddy Roosevelt runs deep. For those who have not yet heard the tale, let’s take a trip back to 1902 – a hunting trip with our 26th president Theodore Roosevelt.

By this time, Roosevelt already experienced the rugged ranching scene of our Badlands. Now, after enduring the rugged political scene as president, he set out for a much-needed break – bear hunting. For five days in the Mississippi heat, Roosevelt and his party searched for his prize. Day after day, he lumbered back to camp without a shot. Poor Teddy! His hunting venture was not as successful as his political campaign. To make matters worse, he had allowed reporters to visit his camp, and stories of his failed hunt could be read in the newspapers.

One particular report, however, turned the hunting trip into history.

It was the day when Roosevelt finally found his bear. He was at camp and one of his friends called for him. The friend had cornered a bear and was holding out for Roosevelt to come and claim it. Roosevelt came. He found the bear, a small creature, kept at bay in the river by the hunting hounds. It had been lassoed with rope and knocked on the head with a rifle. The ragged animal was alive but sat as a dazed and easy target. Roosevelt took in the scene. This hardly resembled fair game, and it certainly did not live up to the ethical standards expected of hunters and conservationists. Just moments before, TR had scrambled for a chance to bag his bear, now he refused and turned away.

Drawing the Line in Mississippi
Cartoon by Clifford Berryman, Washington Post, November 16, 1902.

Reports of the story hit the press. A front-page cartoon in the Washington Post showed President Roosevelt, rifle in hand, walking away from a sad little bear. Audiences loved it. It inspired a toyshop owner in New York. Soon, a line of stuffed bears nicknamed “Teddy’s Bear” popped off the shelves and into the arms of American children.

Now, over 100 years later, teddy bears comfort children and adults in homes around the world. It seems the classic toy’s popularity has outgrown that of the man whose name it honors.

For many of us, teddy bears mark the passages of our personal history. My first bear was a big white one that I unwrapped under the Christmas tree years ago. We were friends for a long time. One of my favorite things was to brandish her like a club and chase after my cousin whose name was – in fact – Theodore. But we sometimes called him “Teddy Bear.”

What connections do you share with these memorable toys? What is your “Teddy Bear” history?


P.S. If you’d like to read about Roosevelt’s bear hunt for yourself, try a visit to Western Edge Books. Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris writes a captivating account of the story.

Research source: Morris, Edmund. Theodore Rex. Random House Trade Paperbacks, Random House Inc., 2001, pp. 170-174

2018 Tjaden Educational Assistance Awards

2018 Tjaden Educational Assistance Awards

Each year the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation awards nearly $30,000 in educations scholarships and ambassador awards funded by the Rod Tjaden Memorial Golf Tournament. Here are our 2018 recipients:

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First Ever Kids FREE Week in Medora June 28 – July 4

First Ever Kids FREE Week in Medora June 28 – July 4

New Medora WISH Endowment building off of Harold Schafer’s dream to help more families enjoy the Badlands the way he and Theodore Roosevelt did.

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation alongside the generous “Wish Wranglers” of the Medora WISH Endowment, are delighted to announce the first ever Kids FREE Week for select attractions in Medora.

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“Bully!” for North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation sees passage of Presidential Library funding as next great moment in history for the state


(MEDORA, ND) – In the early 1950s, Harold Schafer peered over the edge of the butte overlooking the tiny village of Medora and proclaimed, “There’s too much here to let disappear.” His son, Ed, standing by his side, took in the broken-down, old cow town with dirt streets and a ramshackle hotel named for Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, and thought to himself, “But—there’s nothing there!”    

Yet, this was the moment that North Dakota’s tourism industry was born.

Harold saw an opportunity to create something wonderful for generations to come. He didn’t have an eminently-detailed plan that considered every possible scenario, or a multi-page budget document projecting every income and expense, but he knew the legend of Theodore Roosevelt translated across the globe and that his ‘Bully Spirit’ could inspire millions.

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Meet the cast of this year’s Medora Musical!

Hosts Chet Wollen and Bill Sorensen to lead star-studded Medora Musical cast made up of returning talent, new performers, and several North Dakota natives!

Each year thousands of performers audition at locations in North Dakota, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Florida to find the best talent for the Medora Musical. So let’s meet the cast!


The 2019 Medora Musical, Hosts


Chet Wollan, a Medora favorite is back to host the Medora Musical. Chet (pictured above) is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota but now lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with Princess of the Prairie, Candice Lively Wollan. 

This will be Chet’s fourth year hosting the Medora Musical and his 13th year starring in the show. 


Bill Sorensen will return to the Medora Musical for his “final ride” co-hosting. Bill has been performing in Medora for the past 40 years as a magician, comedian, and entertainer. Don’t miss this dynamic duo together on stage this summer!

Read the full press release here about Bill Sorensen’s time in Medora, and what’s next for Wild Bill.

The Burning Hills Singers! 

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2019 Featured Variety Acts

One of your old favorites accompanied by some new stars!

Every year the Medora Musical features top-notch entertainers from around the globe to wow the crowd – this year the ‘wow factor’ will be off the charts!

Jack Kalvan & Company | May 31 – June 14

As seen on TV! Sit back and enjoy a ridiculously fun evening with Hollywood’s favorite jugglers!

Jack Kalvan is part mad scientist, part world-class juggler. His wife Jeri is a circus artist and Hollywood stuntwoman. Together with their audaciously talented sons, they’ve created a one-of-a-kind show that ALL ages can enjoy together!

You’ll be on the edge of your seat and rolling on the floor laughing at the same time…if that’s possible!

Breaksk8 | June 15 – June 28

From America’s Got Talent, America’s Best Dance Crew, Shake it Up and more!

This roller skatin’, break dancin’, groovy gang has brought the hype to stages across the nation.

From the NBA to MTV, from Indiana to China and now Medora, this energetic rolling dance crew will bring favorite list Michael Jackson’s “Beat it” to life in an entertaining and fun show for the whole family!

John Cassidy | June 29 – August 10

The balloon master is back and better than ever!

John Cassidy is a professional comedian, magician, and balloon artist who holds several Guinness World Records® for balloon sculpting speed. His records include Most Balloon Sculptures Completed in One Hour and Most Balloon Sculptures Completed in One Minute.

He has appeared numerous times on television as either a stand-up comedian, magician, or as a Guinness Book of Records®celebrity. He has been a guest on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, NBC’s Today Show, and Live with Regis and Kelly!

C. Willi Myles | August 11 – September 7

Get ready to laugh! 

Comedian C. Willi Myles, “America’s Everyday Comedian,” has been combing his quick wit and a great sense of humor to deliver one of this country’s most high energy, side-splitting shows for all ages. “Keep ’em laughing” has been C Willi’s goal on the stage over the last 18 years and he isn’t about to stop now.

This standup comic will have Medora Musical fans laughing till the curtain drops on the 2019 season!


Here’s What’s Next in Medora: Point To Point Park

Originally Published in the 2019 Spring Newsletter

We’ve been looking at that big open space beside the Badlands Motel, as you first arrive in Medora, for many years, wondering “What would be the best use of that land?”

Finally, we’ve settled on an answer to that question: Welcome to Point to Point Park!

Named for Theodore Roosevelt’s favorite game, we’re creating a brand new place for families to enjoy the Badlands together—a perfect downtown Medora destination for adventurers of all ages.

The Park will have a combination of free and ticketed attractions, including all-new mini golf, Medora’s own “slant house,” a zero-entry pool and 400 foot long lazy river, a community splash pad, a kid-friendly “jump pillow,” and shade structures. And, what is sure to become one of Medora’s main attractions, a Badlands Zipline Ride.

We’ve been talking about a Medora Zipline ever since a few of the participants in our 2007 TRMF sponsored Panama Canal cruise tried one, on one of our cruise stops. We thought the North Dakota Badlands would be a perfect place for such an attraction. So here we go! The Zipline will run up and down the big butte behind the Badlands Motel.

The Point to Point Park will tuck in between the motel and the existing Children’s Park, as well as in the big vacant space beside the motel. It will be the first thing families see when they arrive in town, and for many it will be the first stop on their Medora adventure.

It’s the newest in a series of major investments in Medora to enhance and expand the experience our visitors and guests have.

The idea and concept is driven in large part by the longheld awareness of the need to create attractions and attractors for what we have come to call the “missing middle,” young people in their teens and their families. The new park is just the attraction young families and grandparents have been waiting for.

This park will also encourage the “more adventurous” members of the family to experience the picturesque buttes by taking a marked climbing route to the top of the Badlands overlooking Historic Medora, where they’ll find native geology and vegetation, and the park may one day showcase the remarkable personalities of Medora through statues or other historic preservation ideas.

It will also offer the community and its visitors nearly 100 new paved parking spaces. Although geared toward a younger crowd, the entire experience will be enjoyed and utilized by young and old.

It will be a place to socialize, to relax, to exercise and simply play together, surrounded by the beauty of the Badlands and the history of Medora.

As with our other major projects, we’re seeking sponsors for this new attraction. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Joslyn Tooz, our Major Gifts Officer at: 701-223-4800, or e-mail her at joslynt@medora.com

To read the rest of the Spring 2019 Newsletter follow this link.

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