Upcoming family events at state parks

From the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks:

  • "Family Hike with Little Nature Lovers" Walk in the Park at Custer State Park on July 24 at 10:30 a.m. This short guided hike takes participants through a meandering habitat of pine trees, creek scenery, and natural features. Grab the kids, load the strollers, and get ready for an exciting (yet organized) educational outing. Be prepared for many questions…because your kids will be thrilled by the trailside activities. Info: (605) 255-4515.

  • Sand volleyball fun at Lake Poinsett Recreation Area near Arlington on July 25 at 10 a.m. The sand volleyball tournament is limited to 8 teams, and all ages are welcome. All teams are winners, so prizes will be given to everyone! The top team will earn t-shirts. Info: (605) 627-5441.

  • "GPS fundamentals" Walk in the Park at Palisades State Park near Garretson on July 25 at 10 a.m. From the very beginning of GPS to present day geocaching, everyone can come and learn about this new technology.There will be a short presentation before exploring the park in search of hidden "caches." The event will last about an hour.Good walking shoes are recommended.Participants are encouraged to bring their own GPS units, asa limited number will be available. Info: (605) 594-3824.

  • "Nature at Night" Walk in the Park at LaFramboise Island Nature Area in Pierre on July 30 at 9 p.m. Participants will explore the LaFramboise Island as the sun is setting in hopes of seeing some of nature’s night life! Walkers should wear appropriate hiking attire and bring water, flashlights, and bug spray. Info: (605) 594-3824.

There is no cost to participate in any of these programs; however, a park entrance license is required. These programs are held in addition to regular programming hosted by individual parks on summer weekends.

The Walk in the Park program is part of a series of educational, guided hikes held throughout the year in South Dakota state parks, recreation areas and nature preserves. Parks staff and volunteers lead the programs. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, to dress for the weather, and to remember to bring bug spray and plenty of drinking water.

For more information on S.D. state parks and a calendar of upcoming events, visit www.SDparks.info or call (605) 773-3391.

Categories: Events, Outdoor Activities

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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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