Preserve and improve Medora

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

Keep the Dream Alive

Since our beginning, volunteers have been crucial in sustaining and promoting the exponential growth of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

make Medora better

Rough Riders and Business Members of TRMF are truly the everyday supporters who make our mission in Medora possible.

Dreams and Dreamers


For over 50 years, we’ve believed Medora is a special place. It’s our mission to preserve this place for generations and to connect people to Medora for positive, life-changing experiences.








Staying True

History, Education, and Entertainment

“My obligation today is to see that Medora’s greatness can be carried on after my lifetime, that its future can be even better than the past.” — HAROLD SCHAFER, Founder, 1988




Here are some of the endeavors we’re actively pursuing to make Medora an even greater experience for every person who visits.
Point to Point Park: An ode to Theodore Roosevelt's favorite game, and a perfect place for families. Including a swimming pool, lazy river, mini golf, zipline, hiking, and more!
Legacy BP: A plan to ensure that Bully Pulpit Golf Course will continue to challenge and amaze players—and to work more closely with nature to reduce flooding disruptions.
Access Medora: Raising our standards by creating solutions and amenities for people with disabilities—starting with a high-capacity elevator for people with mobility needs at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre.

Recent Foundation News

  • Construction of accessible elevator at Burning Hills Amphitheatre has begun!
    The Burning Hills Amphitheatre in Medora isn’t exactly a busy destination in December, but we sure are excited about some activity that’s underway there this winter! Ground-moving and construction work is officially underway on a high-capacity elevator—a major piece of our Access Medora initiative. Here are a few photos of the project as it stands […]
  • “It Never Felt Like Work”: UND Alumni Magazine features TRMF President Randy Hatzenbuhler
    Friends of Medora will see a familiar face in the pages of the latest University of North Dakota Alumni Magazine: The President of our organization (and 1985 UND graduate), Randy Hatzenbuhler, shared his journey to the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation—and why 34 years later, he’s still in love with Medora. “You’re going to die in […]
  • Rise Up: Celebrating Our TRMF Volunteers—and the Bright Days Ahead in Medora
    “You are the embodiment of every value that the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation holds dear.” That message from TRMF Volunteer Coordinator Peg Gunther was central to the 2021 Volunteer Appreciation Events, held in Fargo and Medora at the beginning of October. The events—with the theme “We Rise”—capped what was a historic summer in Medora, largely […]
  • Relive the 2021 Medora Hot Air Balloon Rally & Badlands Kite Fest!
    The final weekend of the Medora Musical had us looking skyward. We sent off summer in Medora in a picture-perfect way: by inviting kite fliers of all skill levels to the 5th Annual Badlands Kite Fest. Watch the video above to meet a few of the kite lovers who made the weekend special! And on […]
  • 2021 Summer Wrap-Up: Thank You from TRMF!
    Another summer has come to an end in Medora. But it was one we won’t soon forget. In 2021, we had a celebration in Medora. We took hikes on a brand-new trail. We ate a whole lot of steak at the Pitchfork Steak Fondue. We made memories with our loved ones. We returned to old […]

recent video favorites

Meet Lonnie Bonner: a TRMF volunteer of 15 years who battled back from a stroke to return to Medora for another summer.

A message of Thanks from the entire TRMF team as the 2021 summer comes to a close!

Get to know the endowment that’s helped thousands of families connect to Medora at a lower cost!

Contact us

Have a question? Looking to help?


Contact our Development Team at 701.223.4800—or drop us a line here and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!