Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Medora, ND

A wheat stalk in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND

Scope: Interpretive Master Plan, Recommendations on How To Enhance The Visitor Experience

Download: Interpretive Master Plan

Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park was established in 1947 in memory of the president whose experiences in North Dakota helped shape his conservation ethic. The park was redesignated as Theodore Roosevelt National Park in 1978. Early interpretation at the park focused on Roosevelt’s time in the Dakota Badlands, but since the 1970s emphasis has shifted to the park’s natural resources. Roosevelt’s road to the presidency, shaped by his life in North Dakota, along with his strong support for conservation of natural resources, provide the perfect platform for an interpretive strategy that combines history and nature into an integrated set of stories with strong national significance.

The Long-Range Interpretive Plan that Interpretive Solutions helped to create included recommendations for a wide range of programs and services, with emphasis on enhancing the effectiveness of all four visitor contact areas, a comprehensive new educational outreach program that includes a significant distance learning component appropriate to North Dakota’s rural setting and vast expanses, and a parkwide wayside exhibit plan. Many of the recommendations take into consideration an earlier study, the park’s 2006 Cultural Affiliation Statement and Ethnographic Resource Assessment, which was invaluable in providing American Indian perspectives.