Photo © Sam Stukel

Creatures of the Night Hike and Seek

Can you find what goes bump in the night? In this self-guided activity, we’re challenging you to find several nighttime creatures of South Dakota! Just hike the trails at participating state parks and Outdoor Campuses, keeping your eyes open for the informational signs and hidden nocturnal animal pictures along the way. Find them all and email us the secret code words to enter the prize drawing!

The contest has ended but you can still complete the activity at the participating locations below.

How to participate 

Official Rules

Snap a selfie with the rules sign at the beginning of the trail. Include all members of your group; you get one entry for each person in the photo!

Explore the trail to learn fun facts about five different nocturnal (nighttime) creatures of South Dakota.

Expose the animals hiding nearby. A flashlight may help!

Keep track of the code words found on each animal sign and email them with your selfie to for a chance to win that locations’s prize package! Entries must be submitted on or before Nov. 1, 2020. The activity may remain available beyond the contest end date in some locations.

Participating Locations

Fort Sisseton – Fort Sisseton Nature Trail
Hartford Beach – Aspen Spring Trail
Lake Herman – Luce Hiking Trail
Lake Poinsett – Start at the visitor center. The marked path runs the length of the park.
Pelican Lake - Native Flower Observation Tower Hiking Trail which starts at the picnic shelter and goes to the observation tower. 
Pickerel Lake – Ponderosa Trail
Roy Lake – Island Trail
Sica Hollow – Trail of the Spirits


One email will be randomly selected as the winner from all entries at each location. 
The winner will be mailed a gift set containing a constellation throw blanket, a combination lantern/flashlight, and an “I love the night life” large zippered tote bag.