Projects for Now and for the Future

At the Medora Foundation, we are charged with preserving the experiences here for our children and our children’s, children.

Over the last decade, with amazingly generous friends and donors, we have invested $50 Million Dollars in projects to preserve and improve Medora. (See some recent accomplishments here.) Through daily operations and future projects, we strive to connect people to Medora for positive, life-changing experiences and look forward to doing that for years to come.

There are many ways to help ensure that Medora is here, pristine, and welcoming for future generations. These are some of the projects we're working on to take Medora into the next century, and ways you can get involved.

Many have more detail for you to explore, so please check them out, save or print anything you'd like. We invite you to help build the future of preserving the past for Medora. 

Become "Rough Rider" Annual Member
Individuals or Businesses

$50 - $4,000
Annual members provide the base support for TRMF's future, and they enjoy some nice perks. Read more and become a member online here.

Medora Musical Seat Campaign

$1,000, $5,000 & $10.000
The current amphitheatre seats were installed in 1992 and provided comfort for 25 years. These seats are ready to be replaced to serve guests for the next 25 years. Sponsor your seat here.

Point to Point Park   

$2 Million challenge grant committed by the Butler Family Foundation!
$8 million project 
This brand new first impression of Medora is an ode to President Roosevelt's favorite game, plus a place for families to have fun together in the Badlands. With the brand-new Badlands zip line, Manitou, and Medora Perception House, opened in 2019, and phase two offering an all-new, "Little Bully Pulpit" mini-golf course, pool and lazy river, and more, it combines History, Education, and Entertainment for families from all over! Learn more and get involved with the Point-to-Point Park here.

Medora Musical Incline Elevator  

$1.8 million project cost
The installation of a new incline elevator at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre, as an additional service for mobility-restricted guests, at the Medora Musical. Check out the incline elevator and sponsorship opportunities here.

The Medora Wish Endowment

A brand-new initiative driven by our all-volunteer-board, the Medora Wish Endowment was created based off of a simple yet powerful desire of our founder, who wanted to allow as many people as possible to be inspired by the Badlands the way he and Theodore Roosevelt were. See the Medora WISH priorities and contribute to the cause.

Contribute to a Medora Endowment that helps sustain good work!

• Tim & Becky O'Keefe Endowment to support Artists in Residence  
•  Burian Family Endowment for Maintenance  

•  Erma Wolter Beautification Endowment
•  Schafer Endowment for general support
•  Tjaden Scholarship Endowment

Provides scholarships for 29 outstanding seasonal student employees and partially supported by the annual Rod Tjaden Memorial Golf Tournament.
•  Kavlie Family Fund Endowment
Supports our Christian partners in Medora.
•  Andrist Performing Arts Endowment
Supports performing arts and downtown music in Medora. Read more and get involved.
•  Veterans Endowment   
Supports Veterans Free Day at the Medora Musical. Read more and get involved.
•  Denis Montplaisir Volunteer Endowment  
$100,000 kick-off of a $2 million endowment
A brand-new initiative started by a $100,000 seed gift to support the TRMF volunteer program forever, honor the life and legacy of our late program coordinator, Denis Montplaisir. Read more and get involved.


•  Medora Musical
$5,000 - $25,000 sponsor levels
Support one of the primary reasons families have loved coming to Medora for over 50 years, a show that celebrates Theodore Roosevelt, the spirit of the old west, and America. There's nothing in the world like the Medora Musical and you can be a part of it. Learn more, see the Medora Musical Sponsorship Program.
•  Featured Variety Act at the Medora Musical

Four, $15,000 opportunities
•  Horses in Medora
•  Living History in Medora
Badlands Chautauqua - Living history gathering
•  Old Town Hall Theater Show
A TR Salute to Medora
$25,000 show sponsor
Support the presentation of Teddy Roosevelt’s time in the Badlands and beyond by our TR, Joe Wiegand.
Wonderful Work: The Life of Harold Schafer  
$20,000 show sponsor
A brand-new show celebrating the life of the man who kept Medora from disappearing, Harold Schafer.

•  Magical Medora Christmas Tour
Support the show that has been a winter wonder! In just a few show seasons the Magical Medora Christmas Show has become the must-see, get you in the spirits, show that folks just can’t get enough of!
•  Medora Gospel Brunch
This hit new, show provides guests a beautiful buffet brunch and one heck of an uplifting gospel show.
•  Hot Air Balloon Rally

Want to learn more? Contact Development Director, Joslyn Tooz at (701) 223-4800 or

Keep reading. There's a lot more to get involved in below...

Sponsor Future Leadership Development  |  #BestSummerOfMyLife  

$5,000 per summer internship - 20 opportunities remaining
$25,000 Life Skills Programming Sponsorship

Town Square Show Hall Renovation

$500,000 projected project cost
The heart of Medora’s downtown entertainment is due for renovation to better accommodate guests and performers. This area serves as the home to the Gospel Brunch as well as patio sets for visitors to enjoy all summer!

Restore the Medora Fudge and Ice Cream Depot

$500,000 restoration of Stockmens Bank Building aka the “Fudge Depot”
Recreate a period-specific soda fountain and ice cream parlor on Medora's historic Pacific Avenue. Call us to talk about the vision and to share your own.

Make Ranch O' Rama "PBR Ready"

The Ranch O' Rama Rodeo Grounds was one of Harold Schafer's early investments in Medora. Rodeo and cowboy culture is really at the core of why we love Medora so much, but we need to improve the facilities at the Ranch O' Rama grounds to keep it at the level needed to host events that folks love to enjoy there in the Badlands. And, we think there should be a Medora PBR one day soon. Give us a call to talk about making that a reality.

Want to learn more? Contact Development Director, Joslyn Tooz at (701) 223-4800 or

Read on to see a few projects we would still welcome your support on...

A few Completed Projects that could still use your help...

Outdoor Commons at Elkhorn Quarters

An Integral part of the Life Skills Center Campus

The Outdoor Commons project is an addition that is necessary to the campus experience for our workers and will provide extra outdoor recreation and socialization areas.
Learn more about supporting the Outdoor Commons at the Elkhorn Quarters here.

Fitness Center at the Life Skills Center

Enriching the Life Skills Center Campus

The Fitness Center is an addition that is necessary to the campus experience for our workers and will provide indoor fitness opportunities for employees. See the benefits of a Fitness Center and learn how to get involved here.


There are so many ways to help improve Medora -- we'd love to hear about your passion and how we can make it happen together. 

"It has always been my philosophy that it is a rare privilege unto man to give of his physical energy, mental ability and financial capacity to others in need." 

-Harold Schafer

Contact Development Director, Joslyn Tooz at (701) 223-4800 or

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