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Norbeck Society's website.

Check out the event's calendar (click), outings, news updates and much more!
This month Norbeck Society celebrates 10 years of existence
2005 - 2015
Help us as we pursue our goals:
Sustainable management of public lands
Influence the management of public lands
Preserve nature for future generations
Harney Peak double loop hike - April 25, 2015
Norbeck Meeting - May 14, 2015, Norma Kraemer on South Africa botany tour

Annual Elaine Ebbert BotanicalWonder-Crawl - June 20, 2015


Our Mission


“Friends and neighbors as advocates for stewardship, restoration, and enjoyment of public lands, ensuring a conservation legacy for future generations”

About Us


In April 2005, a new organization, the Norbeck Society was founded by South Dakotans to bring together like-minded people who want a unified voice in various outdoor projects and issues.

Peter Norbeck


Peter Norbeck was South Dakota's first native-born governor and United States senator, serving as governor from 1917 to 1921 and as senator from 1921 until his death in 1936.  He brought Gutzon Borglum to South Dakota and convinced Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide federal money for the carving of Mount Rushmore.  He also contributed to the development of Sylvan Lake, Needles Highway, Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, and Wind Cave National Park.

Words to live by


"You're not supposed to drive here at 60 miles an hour.
To do the scenery half justice, people should drive 20 or under.
To do it full justice they should get out and walk."

---Peter Norbeck on the Black Hills.