Adventures in Nature

Ranger Mary Laycock assisting children during an Adventure in Nature program.

Ranger Mary Laycock assisting children during an Adventure in Nature program.

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Are you and your children interested in learning about nature and developing skills to explore the natural world? Wind Cave staff are happy to announce the
return of Adventures in Nature starting in January, 2015.

Geared for children ages 3 to 12, this free program provides a safe and comfortable environment for children to experience nature and play in an active learning environment. As in recent years, children will be grouped and explore activities according to their age to best meet the needs of such a wide range of ages.

Programs begin January 13th and will be offered every other Tuesday through April 7th. Topics vary each week and will always include activities, crafts, and a hike that explores the concept of the day. A full list of topics is provided below. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m. each day, with programs running from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We suggest that parents provide their children with a snack before we begin the program.

If you plan to attend please contact the Visitor Center by phone at 605-745-1134. RSVP-ing is not required but is encouraged to help ensure enough materials for everyone, and help us alert participants in the event of bad weather or travel conditions. Please include the number of children that will be participating and their ages. Older children are also welcome, and may take part in activities or assist younger children in their exploration and activities.

For more information on programs or road conditions on the day of programs, call 605-745-1134.

Ranger Charlie and youngster

Ranger Charlie Baker and young visitor.

NPS Photo

Programs in 2015:

January 13, 2015 –What Lies Below

What better place to learn about caves than at the first national park protecting a cave? The rock cycle, cave features, fossils, and more, capped by an underground visit into Wind Cave.

January 27, 2015 –Dirt Don't Hurt

Join us as we roll up our sleeves and get our hands grimy dissecting dirt, learning about where soil comes from, and why its important.

February 10, 2015 –Let it Grow

Plants, flowers, and trees all grow from seeds. Take a closer look at this often over-looked but essential part of life.

February 24, 2015 –Are You Smarter than a Prairie Dog?

They may live underground, but prairie dogs and people have more in common than you think. Explore a prairie dog home and habits along with a visit to a prairie dog town, weather permitting.

March 10, 2015 –Black-Footed Ferrets

Learn about the habits of this secretive weasel –Wind Cave's own BFF –at one of the few places these rare mammals have been reintroduced.

March 24, 2015 –A Day in the Life of a Water Drop

The prairie, cave, and wildlife all depend on water. See how this precious resource affects all three, and humans, too.

April 7 –Putting it all Together – Adventures from the Ground Up

For our last session of the year we will review all of the topics explored throughout the season. Join us as we put together a national park from the ground up. Weather permitting most exploration will be out-of-doors, so come prepared for a hike!

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