Sunday, June 2, 2013

South Dakota State Parks Gears Up for Fun on Weekend of June 7-9

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On June 8, several parks will offer programs allowing visitors to join guided hikes, fish or just enjoy a day of family fun. Among those activities:
  • Fort Sisseton Historical FestivalFort Sisseton Historic State ParkJune 7-9. The West is alive and well at Fort Sisseton during this annual June celebration. Observe cavalry, artillery and infantry demonstrations. The festival includes continuous living history demonstrations, musical entertainment and food booths. Visit the Rendezvous Camp or watch arena events. Kids 11 and younger get in free. Camping available. Info:605-448-5474
  • Basic BirdingLake Poinsett Recreation Area near Arlington, 9 a.m. CDT. Learn about birds of the area while hiking the park’s trails. A limited supply of binoculars will be available. Hikers are encouraged to bring their own. Info: 605-983-5085
  • Amazing Family RaceLake Vermillion Recreation Areanear Canistota, 10 a.m. CDT. Bring your family to join the Amazing Family Race. Teams must include at least one child and one adult. All ages are welcome. Teams will race though the park solving puzzles, completing tasks and finding clues. The top three teams will win prizes. Info: 605-296-3643
  • Luce Pioneer DayLake Herman State Park near Madison, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. CDT. Step back in time with this pioneer event for the entire family. Enjoy pioneer toys, food, a Dutch oven demonstration, hands-on activities and more. Info: 605-256-5003
  • Cast Iron ChefPierson Ranch Recreation Area near Yankton, 11 a.m. CDT. Both beginners and experts are invited to learn about Dutch oven cooking. Info: 605-668-2985
  • Parrot ProgramNewton Hills State Park near Canton,11 a.m. CDT. Bring the family and the lawn chairs to campsite 85E and learn about the Ensz family's eight parrots from all over the world. Find out what it is like to live with these friendly birds. Children younger than twelve must be accompanied by an adult. Info: 605-987-2263
  • Family Fun Amazing RaceNewton Hills State Park near Canton, 2 p.m. CDT. Everyone is welcome to participate in the Family Fun Amazing Race. The race is a foot-only race (strollers and wagons are welcome). There will be six stops on the race, and each stop will have a challenge. The first, second and third place will receive trophies and all participants will receive a prize. Info: 605-987-2663
  • Techno Treasure Hunt Walk in the ParkOahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. CDT. Learn more about the fun activity of geocaching and operating a GPS unit. Info: 605-223-7722
  • Nature HikeGood Earth State Park at Blood Run near Sioux Falls, 9 a.m. CDT. Join the park naturalist on a Nature Hike through the new Good Earth State Park which is within the Blood Run National Historic Landmark. This nature walk will be an intro and exploration of the new state park. Info: 605-987-2263 Pre-register: 605-362-2777
  • Evening History HikeGood Earth State Park at Blood Run near Sioux Falls, 7:30 p.m. CDT. Learn a few history tips of this culturally rich site where several thousand American Indians settled between the 12th and 17th Centuries, told from the Umonhon (Omaha) tribe perspective. Samples of pottery and tools used in this Indian Village will be available during the hike. Hike will wrap up with stories around campfire and the 3 Sisters Stew! This area may not be accessible to people with some disabilities at this time. Info: 605-987-2263 Pre-register: 605-362-2777
Family fun pioneer day and corn husk dolls at Lake Thompson Recreation Area near Lake Preston was scheduled for June 8, but it has been postponed until June 15. For more information, call 605-847-4893.
There is no cost to participate in any of the programs except the Fort Sisseton Festival. A park entrance license is required at all parks except Good Earth State Park at Blood Run. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for the weather and use sunscreen and insect repellant.
For more information on activities in the SD state parks, , contact the individual park office, or call 605-773-3391.