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MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND SPECIAL EVENTS IN SOUTH DAKOTA STATE PARKS

South Dakota state parks host many events. (SD.gov)
South Dakota state parks host many events. (SD.gov)

PIERRE, S.D. (KELO AM) -- South Dakota state parks will hold special events on Saturday, Aug. 17. The activities are a great way to spend a summer day. Make plans to attend the following events:

  • Nature Hike, 9 a.m. CDT, Good Earth State Park at Blood Run near Sioux Falls. Join the park naturalist on a nature hike through the new Good Earth State Park which is within the Blood Run National Historic Landmark. The area is significant for its history as a settlement for thousands of American Indians. This nature walk will be an introduction and exploration of the 13th S.D. State Park and the first in 40 years. Info: 605-987-2263 ornewtonhills@state.sd.us, pre-registration: 605-362-2777 or www.outdoorcampus.org
  • Disco Disc Golf Tournament, 9 a.m. CDT, Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon. Disc golf teams will compete for the top prize. All levels are welcome! Teams can begin registering at 9 a.m. Info: 605-582-7243
  • Sand Volleyball Fun, 10 a.m. CDT, Lake Poinsett Recreation Area near Arlington. Hit the beach for a game of sand volleyball. Info: 605-983-5085
  • Incredible Insects, 1 p.m. CDT, Newton Hills State Park near Canton. Learn about the insects in South Dakota! Info: 605-987-2263
  • South Dakota's State Insect, 4 p.m. CDT, Newton Hills State Park near Canton. Learn all about South Dakota's state insect! Info: 605-987-2263
  • SD Bat Festival, 6:30 p.m. MDT, Custer State Park. In partnership with the South Dakota Bat Working Group, Custer State Park is hosting the 8th Annual Bat Festival. Several biologists will be on-hand with activities and presentations to help visitors understand and appreciate the myths and facts associated with bats. Info: 605-255-4464 or www.sdbwg.org
  • Lantern Tour, 8:30 p.m. CDT, Fort Sisseton Historic State Park near Lake City. Tour historic Fort Sisseton by the light of a lantern. Lanterns are provided. Info: 605-448-5474
  • Constellation Stories, 9:30 p.m. CDT, Good Earth State Park at Blood Run near Sioux Falls. Learn constellation stories from cultures around the world while looking at the Good Earth night sky through a telescope. Bring good walking shoes and bug repellant. Info: 605-987-2263

The programs are open to all ages. There is no charge to participate in the events; however, a park entrance license is required to enter the parks.

For more information on activities in South Dakota state parks, visit www.gfp.sd.gov, contact the individual park office or call 605-773-3391.

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