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GFP News - July 25, 2013

State Parks Plan for Fun-Filled Weekend

PIERRE, S.D. -- No time to get away? Take a mini vacation at a South Dakota state park. Several special events that offer activities for the entire family will take place soon across the state.

A park entrance license is required to enter all parks. Participants are encouraged to wear suitable shoes, dress for the weather and apply insect repellant.

For more information on South Dakota State Parks, please visit or call 605-773-3391.


State Parks Offers Summer Nature Camps For Kids

PIERRE, S.D. -- Four South Dakota state parks are hosting nature day camps for kids ages 7-12. The camps are a great way for kids to explore surrounding recreation areas and focus on the outdoors.

Oakwood Lakes State Park near Volga is hosting a day camp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Bring a sack lunch and meet at the welcome center for an afternoon of games, crafts, and campfire cooking! Please call 605-627-5441 to register.

"Nature Explorers" is the theme at Angostura Recreation Area near Hot Springs on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to noon MDT. Catch insects, discover tracks, smell flowers, identify animal droppings and look at birds through binoculars. Join us at Shelter House 2 and spend the morning being a naturalist and exploring the outdoors! Call 605-745-6996 for more information or to register.

A Nature Day Camp at Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon will teach participants about South Dakota reptiles with a hands-on lesson, craft project, hike/walk and games. The camp runs from 9 to 11 a.m. CDT on Thursday, Aug. 8. This qualifies as a Junior Naturalist program. Call 605-582-7243 for more information and to register.

Lake Poinsett Recreation Area near Arlington is hosting a day camp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT on Aug. 8. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a day of outdoor activities. Call 605-983-5085 to register.

While the camps are geared for kids ages 7-12, younger children may attend if accompanied by an adult. Kids are reminded to wear clothing appropriate for the weather, and also bring bug spray, drinking water and shoes comfortable for walking. Sandals are not appropriate. No snacks or refreshments will be provided, but kids are welcome to bring their own. There is no fee for the camp; however a park entrance license is required to enter state parks and recreation areas.

For a complete list of state park events, visit South Dakota state parks on the web at


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