Family programs this weekend at state parks

The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks recently sent out a news release with information detailing family programs happening Saturday, July 11, at some state parks and recreation areas.

I don’t have anything to add, other than my encouragement to get out as a family and enjoy some time outdoors. Here’s the list of events:

  • "Park After Dark" Walk in the Park, Farm Island Recreation Area, 9:30 p.m. Participants should bring their flashlights for a walk on the island to see the animals that come out after dark. Remember to wear appropriate hiking attire and bug spray! Info: (605) 773-2885
  • Yankton Disc Golf Trilogy, Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, Registration starts at 9 a.m., tee off at 9:30 a.m. The 3rd annual tournament will start at Memorial Park in Yankton, then go to the Corps of Engineers disc golf course, and end at Gavins disc golf course at Lewis and Clark Recreation Area. There will be both men’s and women’s divisions and prizes for the top three winners in each division. Info: (605) 668-2985
  • Sand Sculpture Showcase, Lake Poinsett Recreation Area, 10 a.m. Create unique sand sculptures as part of a team or on your own at this great family activity. All ages are welcome to join the fun. Prizes will be awarded to all. Info: (605) 627-5441
  • "Insect Hike and Seek" Walk in the Park, Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, 7:30 p.m. at Gavins Nature Trail. Participants will have the opportunity to net and identify common insects found in the park. Please wear appropriate shoes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Info: (605) 668-2985
  • "Where Am I?" GPS and Orienteering Fun, West Whitlock Recreation Area, 2 p.m. This family program will challenge your sense of direction. Become familiar with GPS technologies and their uses, navigate a wild land treasure hunt, and win great prizes. To keep you trekking when your batteries die, we’ll talk about old-time maps and compasses too! Come prepared to cover some new territory. Walking shoes, sun block and water are strongly advised. Info: (605) 765-9410
  • 7th Annual Dutch Oven Gathering, Big Sioux Recreation Area, 3:30 p.m. Area Dutch oven cooks will gather and demonstrate their outdoor cooking skills. Bread baking begins at 3:30 p.m. with one-dish meals to follow at 4:30 p.m. Desserts and main dish judging will take place at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to a campground potluck supper at 6:30 p.m. All are asked to bring a dish to share; dishes do not have to be prepared in a Dutch oven. Drinks, plates and utensils will be provided. Info: (605) 582-7243
  • Disc Golf, Randall Creek Recreation Area, 10 a.m. Whether an experienced disc golfer or just learning, join us for a game! All are welcome to attend. Info: (605) 487-7046

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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