Mission, Purpose & Vision

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 Late Ice Age record across a global framework.


  • To provide comprehensive educational and public education concerning the Quaternary record, with an emphasis on The Mammoth Site and surrounding northern Great Plains; and other locales around the globe
  • 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.