GFP News - July 3, 2013

  • Upcoming S.D. State Park Programs Provide Family Recreation and Education
  • State Parks Offers Summer Nature Camps For Kids

Upcoming S.D. State Park Programs Provide Family Recreation and Education

PIERRE, S.D. -- Educational and recreational programming in South Dakota's state parks will be increasing during the busy summer camping season. A number of parks are offering programs that allow visitors to join a guided hike, cook over the campfire or learn the history of a favorite park.

All programs are free; however, a park entrance license is required to enter most parks. For more information on activities in the S.D. state parks, visit www.gfp.sd.gov, contact the individual park office or call 605-773-3391.

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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.

North Point Recreation Area near Wagner is hosting a camp at Wagner Lake City Park on Monday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Participants will have an opportunity to kayak! Call 605-487-7046 for more information.

Lake Poinsett Recreation Area near Arlington is hosting a day camp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, July 16. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a day of outdoor activities. Call 605-983-5085 to register.

"Nature Explorers" is the theme at Rocky Point Recreation Area near Belle Fourche on Wednesday, July 17 from 9:30 a.m. to noon MDT. Campers will have the opportunity to catch insects, discover tracks, smell flowers, identify animal droppings and look at birds through binoculars. Call 605-641-0023 for more information or to register.

Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon is hosting a day camp from 9-11 a.m. CDT on Thursday, July 18. Participants will learn about nocturnal animals with a hands-on lesson, complete a crafts project, hike and participate in games. Pre-registration is encouraged. Call 605-594-3824.

While the camps are geared for kids ages 7-12, younger children may attend if accompanied by an adult. Children are reminded to wear clothing appropriate for the weather and to bring bug spray, drinking water and shoes comfortable for walking. Sandals are not appropriate. No snacks or refreshments will be provided, but children are welcome to bring their own.

There is no fee for the camps; 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 www.gfp.sd.gov

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