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, 2016.

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 12th and will be offered every other Tuesday through April 5th. 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 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.

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Programs in 2016:

January 12, 2016 –Exploring the Past

Native Americans, homesteaders, and cave explorers have all been part of Wind Cave's past. Learn their stories and discover ties to our shared past at one of America's oldest national parks.

January 26, 2016 –Hidden World

Wind Cave is an underground world that is still being discovered today. Learn about rocks and cave features, then see them up close with a visit into the cave.

February 9, 2016 –Wild About Weather

Explore the elements, including water in all its forms, and how they affect the prairie and wildlife that live at Wind Cave National Park.

February 23, 2016 –Animals: By Tooth &Nail

Raptors, coyotes, and similar creatures face the challenge of finding a meal every day. Learn how they and other predators earn their living.

March 8, 2016 –Animals: On the Run

Deer, insects, and songbirds are just a few of the creatures that try to avoid becoming a meal for something else. Learn some of the tricks they use to survive.

March 22, 2016 –From Prairie to Forest

Plants provide food and shelter for people and animals alike. From pine trees to pasque flowers, discover the plants that creatures rely on at Wind Cave.

April 5, 2016 –Putting it all Together –Find Your Park

As part of the National Park Service centennial, learn about all the different ways rangers and people like you can care for a park.


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26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747


(605) 745-4600
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