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Great Plains History of Ranching and
Center for the History of Ranching on the Northern Great Plains.
Center located at Chateau de Mores, Medora, North Dakota.
Demonstration of the evolution of the cattle (demonstration
herd).

Interpreting the evolution of the Cattle Industry on the Great Plains, its social, economic, and
environmental impacts - past, present and future.

Educating the public through a trail system connecting Maah Daah Hey Trail System, Chateau de Mores,
Chimney Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Theodore Roosevelt Cabin, Theodore Roosevelt
National Park Visitor Center, Peaceful Valley Ranch, Sully Creek State Park, Cowboy Hall of Fame,
Billings County Museum, and Badlands Ministries.
Education through site interpretation, interpretive trail system, demonstrations, formal instruction,
youth merit badges, school programs , and symposiums.
Private, State Historical Society of North Dakota, state agencies, Dickinson State University, Theodore
Roosevelt National Park, Forest Service, Badlands Ministries, Medora, Theodore Roosevelt Foundation,
Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Outdoor Learning Center ~ About Us





ABOUT THE CENTER for the History of Ranching on the Great Plains and Outdoor Educational, Interpretive Trail.  This is a
regional research and outreach program, emphasizing the History of Ranching on the upper Great Plains and an outdoor
educational and interpretive trail emphasizing the social, economic and environmental impacts, past, present and future. The
mission of the center in part to attract visitors and students to foster the study of and appreciation for the people,
cultures, and natural environment of the upper Great Plains. Its evolution and impacts on the environment, economics and social.
It will create partnerships with the State Historical Society, National Park, and other Federal state and private agencies.
Goals and Objectives: To provide personal growth through educational experiences interpretation, learning activities,
personal discovery,Archives- Serve as a library connecting existing libraries and resources as related to Ranching on
the upper great plains.
Outdoor Educational and Interpretive Trail:
Provides the participants the opportunity to learn about the influences of the Ranching on the upper Great Plains, past, present
and future. Its economic, social and environmental impacts Evolution of the cattle industry: Provides an understanding of the
economics of the cattle industry and its influences on the Great Plains

Outdoor Discovery:
Combined with the Indoor Visitor Centers of the Chateau, National Park and Cowboy Hall of Fame, the outdoor experience will
provide the visitor / student with the sites, smells, sounds of the environment of the Great Plains.  The Interpretive Trail serves as
a foundation for personal and group discovery. The Chateau interpretive trail will introduce the visitor / student to the wilderness
experience that the Maah Daah Hey trail and Theodore Roosevelt National Park provides. Hundreds of miles of Discovery
assessable to hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. All within easy walking distance from hotels, motels and campgrounds. Major
paved parking lots will provide easy access to a variety of habitat and ecological areas, wetlands, woodlands, prairie, and river
bottom. An easy hike will take the visitor from Theodore Roosevelt's log cabin through the Chimney park slaughter plant, to the
Chateau Demores, a more aggressive hike on the Maah Daah Hey would take the
visitor to the Peaceful Valley Ranch in the National Park, an interpretive site of the open ranch era.

Visiting Scholar’s:
Will be shared by the State Historical Society, National Park Service, T.R. Foundation and Cowboy Hall of Fame. These authors,
lecturers, researchers and Interpreters will enhance the visitors experience. Evolution of the Cattle Industry: A demonstration
herd of cattle representing the major breeds with show the evolution and economic influences of the cattle industry.

Environmental trail interpretation: Environmental impacts will be interpreted, and research will be done, the demonstrate
the past, present a future of the industry.

Viewing stands:
Will provide the visitor a unique opportunity to view wildlife and the cattle in their natural habitat. These stands will allow the visitor
solitude in viewing the sites, sounds and smells of the wilderness.

The Experience:
This unique experience will provide an educational and recreational experience enhancing economic opportunities. Create
partnerships and combine resources making Medora a hikers, bikers, and horseback riders destination.
de Mores Livestock Foundation, Non Profit

ABOUT THE CENTER