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Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND

A Christian Ministry in the National Parks Involvement

What We Do

ACMNP in Theodore Roosevelt provides:

  • Christian fellowship activities for visitors, residents, and employees
  • Leadership development for ministry team members and seminarians
  • Positive relationships among seasonal co-workers and internationals
  • Pastoral care during emergencies

Interdenominational Services of Worship

Ministry teams lead interdenominational services of worship on Sundays, pending National Park Service permit approval.

  • Medora Campground: 8:30 AM
  • Schafer Heritage Center Patio, Medora: 10:30 AM

Ministry Team Member Information

Our team in Theodore Roosevelt is typically four ministry team members, all of whom serve in the same park location.

  • Summer only
  • Mentor not available for seminarians
  • Catholic mass nearby for interested team members
  • Can sometimes accommodate families with young children (call ACMNP for more information)

Employment Information

Ministry team members seek employment from the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation in the nearby town of Medora, ND, bordering the national park.

Dates:

  • Preferred availability of mid-May through Labor Day

Employee housing:

  • Dorm-style with shared bath
  • Married housing available

Typical Jobs:

  • Retail at gift shops
  • Restaurant/food service
  • Front desk/bellhop
  • Housekeeping

Transportation:

  • Bringing a car is necessary in Theodore Roosevelt for most team members.

* If you are interested in serving in Theodore Roosevelt as a ministry team member, you must first apply with ACMNP. To learn more about working and living in Theodore Roosevelt (including employee housing costs), please visit http://www.medora.com/employment.


How YOU can get involved with ACMNP in Theodore Roosevelt


Information About The Park

Stepping into Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the tiny adjacent town of Medora, North Dakota, is like stepping onto the scene of every western movie you’ve ever seen. These remote, unfamiliar, wild landscapes in the badlands are full of striated cliffs and plateaus, layers of sandstone, wide open prairie, grasslands swaying in the wind, gurgling springs, clear skies that go on forever, and the winding Little Missouri River.

In the words of Theodore Roosevelt himself, “The Bad Lands seem to be stranger and wilder than ever, the silvery rays turning the country into a kind of grim fairyland.” Popular activities while exploring here include hiking, horseback riding, fishing, float trips, wildlife viewing, and stargazing.

Popular Destinations

  • Scenic Loop Drive
  • Wind Canyon Overlook
  • Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Jones Creek Trail
  • Medora summer musical
  • Petrified Forest Wilderness Area

Wildlife

The open grasslands and prairie of Theodore Roosevelt make for an abundance of animal life such as bison, wild horses, elk, white-tail and mule deer, pronghorn, prairie dogs, over 186 types of birds, and many kinds of snakes and lizards.


Outside Resources

To learn more about travelling to Theodore Roosevelt, what the weather is like, park activities, or planning your trip, please visit http://www.nps.gov/thro/index.htm.

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Ministry Team Experience

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND, 2011

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"God constantly opened my eyes up to real life that I often don't see on my private Christian college campus. I learned a lot about independence, discipline, and responsibility through having a job, organizing the worship services, and living on my own away from home."
– Abby, Theodore Roosevelt 2011