Adventures in Nature
Are you and your children interested in learning about nature and developing skills to explore the natural world around us? The Adventures in Nature program is a fun and interactive way for you and your children to do just that. These programs are designed to provide children ages 3 to 13 with the knowledge and skills that will encourage them to explore the natural world around them. This is an opportunity for children to experience nature and play in an active learning environment.
The popular children's program Adventures in Nature is back for a sixth winter! New in 2014, the Adventures in Nature program will officially be offered for children up to the age of 13. To better serve such a wide age range, we will be splitting up into smaller groups of children. This will provide a safe and comfortable environment for the younger children and allow us to offer more advanced activities for the older children.
The programs will vary in topic each week and will always include activities, songs, crafts, and a hike that explore the concept of the day and help to awaken a sense of wonder in the children and encourage them to connect with the natural world. This year's topics are listed below.
This free program will be held at the visitor center on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month starting on January 14, 2014. Each program will begin at 10 a.m. and last about 2 1/2 hours. Please plan to arrive by 9:45 so the children can be prepared to start the program at 10:00. We suggest that you provide the children with a snack before we begin the program.
If you are planning to attend the program, please let us know by contacting us either by e-mail or by calling us at 605-745-1134 however, don't worry if you forget, we would still love to have you here! RSVP-ing will allow us to prepare enough materials for everyone. Please include the number of children that will be participating and their ages. If you have older children that you wish to bring along, please do so. They can assist the younger children in their exploration and activities. Also, we all know that winter in South Dakota can be a challenge, so if the weather worries you, please call 605-745-1134 for road condition and to make sure we will be here. We all look forward to spending a fun filled time with all of you again this year.
For any additional information, contact the park visitor center at (605) 745-1134.
Programs in 2014:
January 14, 2014 - Night Sky
January 28, 2014 - Rocks Rock!
February 11, 2014 - Underground Treasures
February 25, 2014 - Gifts from the Bison
March 11, 2014 - Detectives of the Past
March 25, 2014 - Seekers, Navigators, and Survivors
In the world of the prairie, how do animals find their way around? How do predators seek out their prey? How does prey hide and escape detection? If you were lost in the woods, what would you do? Through games and activities, we will learn and practice how various animals find or hide. We'll also learn methods people use to find their way. In so doing, we'll develop our senses, gain insight into the lives of wildlife, and learn some skills that could be useful for survival.
April 8, 2014 - Putting It All Together - Being Nature Spies!
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