Children Nature Programs and Backcountry Hikes Offered this Winter at Wind Cave National Park
Contact: Tom Farrell, 605-745-1130
WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, S.D. - Programs for exploring nature with children and discovering the park's backcountry will be offered this winter and spring at Wind Cave National Park.
For children ages 3 to 10, park education staff will present the Adventures in Nature program. These programs begin at the visitor center at 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month and last upwards of 2 1/2 hours. The first program will be on January 10 and the last on April 10. All programs are free.
The topic for the first program is "What does it mean to be wild?"Students will examine the wild animals around us, from the spider hiding in the corner of your house to the deer in the backyard. Participants will be looking at wild animals and their habitats and what everything, wild or not, needs to survive.
Every program will have a different theme and is designed with educational objectives appropriate for the age level of the student. This year's topics revolve around rocks and soil, trees, birds, insects, and adaptation. Upcoming program information will be posted regularly at http://www.nps.gov/wica/forkids under the Adventures in Nature link.
"These programs will always include activities, songs, crafts, and a hike that will explore the concept of the day," said park superintendent Vidal Davila. "Potential audiences include homeschooled, preschool, and early elementary children. These programs are a wonderful way to explore the natural world around us."
The Wind Cave Prairie Walkers, a hiking group for anyone interested in discovering seldom seen areas of the park, will continue meeting this winter at the park visitor center at 1 p.m. on the last Monday of the month. Participants will then drive to the walk's location. Plan to be out for three to four hours and walk a couple of miles during this moderately strenuous activity. Participants should wear good walking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring water and snacks. The program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.
For additional information on these programs, contact the park at (605) 745-4600.
Did You Know?
Winds caused by changes in barometric pressure are what give Wind Cave its name. These winds have been measured at the cave's walk-in entrance at over 70 mph. The winds at the natural entrance of the cave attracted the attention of Native Americans and early settlers.