GFP News - June 5, 2013

  • Make Plans to Attend Father's Day Weekend Events in South Dakota Parks
  • State Parks Offers Nature Camps for Kids

Make Plans to Attend Father's Day Weekend Events in South Dakota Parks

PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota state parks will hold several special events over Father's Day weekend. The activities are a great way to spend a summer day with your family.

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. There is no cost to participate in most of the events however, park entrance licenses are required. Registration fees are required for The Big Mick and the Dakotaman Triathlon.

For more information on activities in the SD state parks, visit, contact the individual park office, or call 605-773-3391.


State Parks Offers Nature Camps for Kids

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

North Point Recreation Area is hosting a Nature Day Camp on Monday, June 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. CDT at Lake Wagner City Park in Wagner. Activities include disc golf, arts and crafts, nature exploration, kayaking and archery. Call 605-487-7046 for more information.

Kids’ fishing will be held at Rocky Point Recreation Area near Belle Fourche from 9:30 a.m. to noon MDT on Wednesday, June 19. Call 605-745-6996 to register.

Kids will learn all about trees at Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon on Thursday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. CDT. Participants will enjoy a hands-on lesson, craft project, hike and games. Call 605-594-3824 for more information or 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.

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