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Contact: Tom Farrell, 605-745-1130
WIND CAVE NATIONAL
PARK, S.D. – Are you and your children interested in learning about nature and developing skills to explore the natural world? If so, Wind Cave National Park will again be offering the Adventures in Nature program this winter and spring.
“This free program is geared for children ages 3 to 12 and provides a safe and comfortable environment for children to experience nature and play in an active learning environment,” said park superintendent Vidal Dávila. “As in recent years, children will be grouped and explore activities according to their age.”
Programs are held at the visitor center every other Tuesday from January 13 through April 7. Topics vary each week and will always include activities, crafts, and a hike exploring the day’s concept. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m., with programs running from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Parents are suggested to provide their children with a snack before the program.
To ensure enough materials for every child, parents are encouraged call the park at 605-745-1134 or e-mail e-mail us to let rangers know you are coming. It is not a requirement, but it helps the park plan for each program if they know the number of children and their ages. Calling ahead of time also helps us alert participants in the event of bad weather or road conditions.
Older children can also attend and take part in activities or assist the younger children in their explorations and activities. In case of bad weather, the program may be canceled. Either call the park at the above number or visit our Facebook page for program status.
The first program is “What Lies Below”. What better place is there to learn about caves than at the first national park created to protect a cave? Topics include the rock cycle, cave features, fossils, and more, capped by an underground visit into Wind Cave. For a complete listing of this year’s programs, visit www.nps.gov/wica/forkids and click on the Adventures in Nature link.