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 not only wanted to provide amazing entertainment for folks in Medora, but to also allow as many people as possible to be inspired by the Badlands the way he and Theodore Roosevelt were. 

"We must try to find ways to keep costs low for families to attend Medora activities." - Harold Schafer

Created and initially funded by Don & Pat Clement and Michael & Vicki Zaun this endowment has two priorities:

1) To help fund additional "Kids FREE" days at various Medora attractions and/or events each year

2) And to periodically help cover the cost of travel, ticketing, lodging and/or other expenses related to sponsoring an inspirational trip to Medora for a person or people who could not otherwise experience it for physical, mental, or monetary limitations.

More Can Be Inspired

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world visit Medora -- taking in all different kinds of entertainment, events, attractions and family experiences in the Badlands that inspired Theodore Roosevelt and Harold Schafer. 

But not everyone has the opportunity to be inspired by the Badlands. 

The NEW Medora Wish Endowment will use annual earnings from the fund to help more people experience this amazing place. The fund's earnings are flexible as well -- giving the flexibility to TRMF and the fund supporters to identify new or different attractions to sponsor each year.

Applications and selections for individual travel support will be handled through to-be-selected local community support administrators -- helping us fund the most Medora experiences by keeping administration costs low.

Announcement on the very first Medora WISH Endowment support recipient COMING SOON!

Download a one-sheet printable PDF of the Medora Wish Endowment document.


Contribute to the Medora WISH

A minimum contribution pledge of $25,000 to the Medora Wish Endowment Fund is required and will help us best accomplish this goal.

Medora Wish Endowment Contributors to date:

Don & Pat Clement -- Bismarck, ND -- Creator and lead donor
Michael & Vicki Zaun -- Gold Canyon, AZ -- Creator and lead donor

We are so grateful for your dedication and leadersihp in helping more families experience Medora!


Ready to join Harold Schafer, the Clements, and the Zauns to help send more young people and their families to Medora for positive, life-changing experiences? 

Contact Joslyn Reichert, Major Gifts Officer at:


"I wish we could figure out a way to let people experience Medora for free!" - Harold Schafer

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