Education

Go Fourth

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is partnering with the South Dakota Department of Health to put on the Go Fourth program. Go Fourth aims to get fourth graders and their families outside and active this summer with the overall aim of improving the health of South Dakota youth and families.  Students from public, private and tribal schools are eligible and will receive their passes through school.  Parents of homeschool fourth grade students can request a pass through the state park administrative office at parkinfo@state.sd.us

In April early May every fourth grader in South Dakota will receive a free daily park entrance license. The pass will get one vehicle into a state park or recreation area for one day, student must be present. The free family day pass and rental coupon is redeemable until December 31, 2019. In addition to entrance into the park, the student will also receive $6 off an equipment rental. At the end of the park visit, the family can turn their daily entrance license in for a $6 discount on an annual park entrance license ($30). If the student cannot make it to a state park, the pass can be used for a free, one-year subscription to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks' Conservation Digest magazine; contact Katy Hiltunen at parkinfo@state.sd.us

This year, GFP is recognizing “100 Years of Tradition” that celebrates 100 years of South Dakota State Parks. We want to give families an opportunity to start or continue their own outdoor tradition by camping in our beautiful state parks. In celebration we are giving away a tent camping package to help start new traditions. Use your pass early and enter for a chance at four drawings throughout the camping season- in June, July, August and September. The package includes a tent, sleeping bags, cooler, camping chairs, and more!

The goal of the project is to encourage kids and families to create healthy habits, try new activities, and enjoy nature. Although the license can be used any day, participants will be encouraged to utilize them to attend in-park events, such as Becoming an Outdoor Family, and other educational and informative programs.