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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Geared for children ages 3 to 12, this free program provides a safe and comfortable place 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 Start January 10, 2017

Programs with this year's theme, "Life in Motion," begin January 10th and will be offered every other Tuesday through April 4th. 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 noon. We suggest that parents provide their children with a snack before the program begins.

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.

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Life In Motion

January 10, 2017 – People on the Move

People have visited Wind Cave and the surrounding area for a long, long time. Learn what skills people have used to get around -- and through -- Wind Cave over the years.

January 24, 2017 – *Cancelled due to weather

Due to the winter weather cancellation, all program topics have been bumped back two weeks with "Follow the Water" on April 4 as the final session of the season. See below for a current list of dates and topics.

February 7, 2017 – Herds

Bison are just the best-known among the many mammals that call the park home. Find out if you have what it takes to run with the herd.

February 21, 2017 – How Planted are Plants?

Plants may have roots, but they still know a few tricks on how to get around.

March 7, 2017 – Wings

From birds to bats, wings come in a range of sizes and styles.

March 21, 2017 – Follow the Stars

People have used the sky and stars for ages to tell them where they are going and when to start moving.

April 4, 2017 – Follow the Water

Always on the go water sustains life, forms rivers...and makes caves.


Last updated: February 6, 2017

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26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747


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