Wind Cave Offers Nature Programs for Youngsters, Walks for Adults
Contact: Tom Farrell, 605-745-4600
WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, S.D. – Staff at Wind Cave National Park this spring will be offering two new types of programs, one designed for youngsters and another for adults. Each will be starting later this month and run into April.
For children ages 3 to 8, nature programs will be offered on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, beginning at 10 a.m. For adults, a National Park Service volunteer will lead participants on a walk on the last Monday of the month beginning at 1 p.m. Both programs meet at the visitor center and are free of charge.
“We are excited about the opportunity these new 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 homeschooling preschool or early elementary children would benefit from these presentations.”
The Wind Cave Prairie Walkers, a hiking group for anyone interested in walking across the prairie or through the park’s ponderosa pine forest, will meet at the visitor center and then drive to the walk’s location. Plan to be out a few 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.
Davila added, “We realize many people do not feel comfortable walking in the park by themselves. This is an excellent opportunity to explore the park’s backcountry while getting a little fresh air and exercise.”
For additional information, contact the park visitor center at 605/745-4600.
Did You Know?
Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.