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Updated Mission, Purpose and Vision

Published on January 27, 2015 under News
Updated Mission, Purpose and Vision

The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD is pleased to announce that we have expanded our Mission Statement, Purpose and Vision.  Through recommendations from our newly formed Science Associates, the board approved the new items.

Our previous statements were done in 2006 and needed an update to bring the statements in line with all of the amazing current research being done at The Mammoth Site as well as build toward the Legacy of Dr. Larry Agenbroad and the next generation of growth happening at The Mammoth Site.

Quaternary = Noting or pertaining to the present period of earth history, forming the latter part of the Cenozoic Era, originating about 2 million years ago and including the Recent and Pleistocene Epochs. (Definition taken from dictionary.com)

Mission Statement:

Our mission is the preservation, research, and interpretation of The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota, and development of a broad understanding of the Quaternary record across a global framework.


– To provide comprehensive educational and public programming concerning the Quaternary record, with an emphasis on The Mammoth Site and surrounding northern Great Plains;
– To serve as a world-class center specializing in mammoth and Quaternary research;
– To investigate and interpret The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota;
– To protect, preserve, and manage collections housed at The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota;
– To foster global cooperative efforts in Quaternary research.

Vision Statement:

The Mammoth Site is at the forefront of Quaternary research, with a strong emphasis on the study of mammoths and their relatives. Additionally, we aspire to be a leader in scientific education and outreach, with a strong emphasis on educational and public programming, exhibits, and publications. We foster global scientific collaboration through on-site and related field research, and peer-reviewed scientific publications. To continue to be a primary leader in the scientific community, the long-term preservation and curation of The Mammoth Site is essential.