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 an Annual Member
Individuals or Businesses

$250 & $1,000 - $2,500
Annual members provide the base support for TRMF's future, and they enjoy some nice perks. Read more and become a member online here.

The Medora Wish  

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.

Sponsor a Seat at the Medora Musical

$1,000 per seat & $15,000 for a row
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.

Sponsor the "Greatest Show in the West!" -- The 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.

Rough Rider Adventure Park   

$5 - $10 million project cost
This brand new first impression of Medora will serve as a “welcome” for guests, a place for families to have fun together, with new mini golf, pool and splash parks, and a Badlands zip line. It will be a place to showcase the native geology and, even showcase the remarkable personalities of Medora. Learn more and get involved with the Rough Rider Adventure Park and Visitors Center here.

Medora Musical Incline Elevator  

$1,000,000 project cost
The installation of a new incline elevator at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre, as an additional service for mobility impaired guests, at the Medora Musical. Check out the incline elevator and sponsorship opportunities here.

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


Sponsor the Medora Gospel Brunch

$25,000 show sponsor
This hit new, show provides guests a beautiful buffet brunch and one heck of an uplifting gospel show.

Sponsor the Magical Medora Christmas Show

$25,000 show sponsor
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!

Old Town Hall Theater show sponsors:

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.

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.

Sponsor Living History in Medora - Preserve it & bring it to Life!

$25,000: Badlands Chautauqua - Living history gathering

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.

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

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

Elkhorn Quarters

$20 Million challenge finds a solution for HALF
Recycle and Reuse + Save Millions | Complete the Life Skills Center campus | Keeps Affordable Lodging for Families

Opened for student, seasonal, and international workers + guests through the summer of 2018, with final row construction underway winter of '18/'19.
See the Elkhorn Case Statement, aerial view and support opportunities here.

Life Skills Center

Medora’s Life Skills Center is the hub for student workers, volunteers and international staff, and is where they collaborate to improve operations and create lasting experiences for life. Support and Naming Opportunities Available. First opened in spring of 2016, the Life Skills Center is benefitting TRMF is inumerous ways -- with a surge in creativity and team learning capabilities, efficiency for our workforce, and truly acting is the hub of the TRMF campus each year it has been open.

A number of wonderful support opportunities -- physical and programing are available. See the Life Skills Center Case Statement and ways 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

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