There are a number of opportunities for you to take part in South Dakota's great outdoors, both learning about it and enjoying it.
We invite you to try these resources as your stepping stone into outdoor adventure.
- The Outdoor Campus - East
- The Outdoor Campus - West
- Becoming an Outdoors-Woman
Information for women interested in sampling many different forms of outdoor recreation in a setting designed especially for them.
- Becoming an Outdoors-Family
Three days of family fun learning about camping and other outdoor activities. Held each summer in a different state park.
- Outdoor University
Free, day-long events that give families the opportunity to try a variety of outdoor activities.
- Capital Campout
A weekend of family fun and tent camping on the lawn of the State Capitol.
- Junior Naturalist
An opportunity for youth ages 7-18 to explore South Dakota State Parks and learn more about our rich natural and cultural history.
- Fitness Passport Challenge
A program that encourages people to visit South Dakota's state parks, fish hatcheries and the Outdoor Campuses. Get your book stamped to earn prizes!
- Youth Conservation Camp
The department co-hosts an annual conservation camp for youth ages 15-17 at Camp Bob Marshall in the Black Hills.
- Project Wild
A national education program that provides learning activities for students in a way that is fun while meeting education standards. A must for every teacher!
- Growing Up Wild
A national early childhood education program that builds on a child's sense of wonder about nature. Another invaluable teaching tool.
- Education Resources
We call them "Critter Crates" and they contain hands-on materials that provide a visual and tactual connection to the natural world.
- Aquatic Education Resources
Fishing and boating activities are highlighted in materials we offer.
- Step Outside Hunting & Fishing Learning Events
The department partners with local groups and organizations to bring the outdoor experience to both youth and adults.
- Go Fourth
Every fourth grader in South Dakota receives a free daily park entrance licenses to explore our state parks and recreation areas.