Adventures in Nature
Ranger Mary Laycock assisting children during an Adventure in Nature program.
The Adventures in Nature Programs for 2013 have ended. Please plan to join us in 2014.
Are you interested in helping your children learn about nature and feel comfortable exploring the outdoors? To help you the staff at Wind Cave National Park will present the Adventures in Nature program again this year. These programs are designed to provide children ages 3 to 10 with knowledge and skills that will encourage them to explore the natural world around them. This is an opportunity for young children to experience nature and nature play in a structured, safe environment.
This fun filled, active program for children ages 3 to 10 begins January 8, 2013. The program will be held at the visitor center on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting 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. The programs are free of charge. The first program will be January 8, 2013 and will run through April 9, 2013.
Adventures in Nature is designed to awaken a sense of wonder in the children and encourage them to connect with the natural world. These programs will vary in topic each week and will always include activities, songs, crafts, and a hike that explore the concept of the day. This year's topics are listed below. For additional information, contact the park visitor center at (605) 745-1134.
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. This allows us to prepare enough materials for everyone. Please include the number of children that will be participating and their ages.
"We are excited about the opportunity these programs provide," said Vidal Davila, park superintendent. "The nature programs will each have a different theme and are designed with educational objects appropriate for the age level of the students. Anyone home schooling preschool or early elementary children would benefit from these presentations."
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. Depending upon participation we may break the groups into older and younger children to accommodate different skill levels.
As we all know winter in South Dakota can be a challenge so if the weather makes you wonder if we will be presenting the program or not, please call 605-745-1134 or 605-745-4600 to make sure we will be here. We all look forward to spending a fun filled time with all of you again this year.
Ranger Charlie Baker and young visitor.
Programs in 2013 focused on:
January 8, 2013 - What is an animal?
January 22, 2013 - What is a plant?
February 12, 2013 - Ecosystems of the park
February 26, 2013 - What do animals need to survive?
March 12, 2013 - Cycles in Nature
March 26, 2012 - Let's explore the life of a prairie dog!
April 9, 2013 - Putting It All Together - Being Nature Spies!
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