State Parks Offer Summer Nature Camps for Kids
PIERRE, S.D. – Four 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 area and focus on the outdoors.
Oakwood Lakes State Park near Volga is hosting a day camp from 9 a.m. to noon CDT on Tuesday, July 10. Prepare for hiking, campfire cooking, games and crafts! Call 605-627-5441 to register.
“Follow that Footprint, Paw Print, Hoof Print” at Angostura Recreation Area near Hot Springs is Wednesday, July 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MDT. Learn about the many animals of the area, how to identify common animal tracks, and make an animal track to take home. Call 605-745-6996 for more information or to register.
North Point Recreation Area near Wagner is hosting a camp at Lake Wagner City Park on Wednesday, July 11, at 2 p.m. Activities may include disc golf, kite flying, arts and crafts, kayaking, archery and nature exploration. Everyone will have the opportunity to get wet and muddy! Call 605-487-7046 for more information.
“Water” will teach participants with a hands-on lesson, craft project, hike/walk and games at Palisades State Park near Garretson on July 12 at 9 a.m. CDT. This qualifies as a Junior Naturalist program. Call 605-394-3824 for more information and 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 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.