GFP News - August 1, 2013

  • State Parks Offer a Variety of Activities at Weekend Event
  • Adams Homestead to Host Annual Celebration 

State Parks Offer a Variety of Activities at Weekend Events

PIERRE, S.D. -- State parks across South Dakota will be holding a variety of special events on Aug. 10. The activities will give visitors the opportunity to be active and learn while enjoying the fresh air of the outdoors.

  • Bird Watching Hike, 8 a.m. CDT, Good Earth State Park at Blood Run near Sioux Falls. South Dakota is home to many varieties of birds and South Dakota's newest state park is no exception. Good Earth State park is home to blue jays, hawks, rose breasted grosbeaks, swallows and more. Grab your binoculars and walking shoes and learn about our new park while birding. Info: 605-987-2263
  • RiverKid Sprint Triathlon, 9 a.m. CDT, Farm Island Recreation Area near Pierre. Participants can participate in age brackets from ages 6-14. The race is split into swimming, biking and running portions. Registration fees apply. Pre-registration is encouraged. Info: 605-773-2885
  • Nature Hike, 9 a.m. CDT, Good Earth State Park at Blood Run near Sioux Falls. Join a nature hike through the new Good Earth State Park which is within the Blood Run National Historic Landmark. The area is significant for its history as a settlement for thousands of American Indians. This nature walk will be an introduction and exploration of the new Good Earth State Park at Blood Run, the 13th SD State Park and the first in 40 years. Info: 605-987-2263 or, pre-registration: 605-362-2777 or
  • Adams Homestead Celebration, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. CDT, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve near North Sioux City. Take a step back in time and experience some of the cultural and natural history of South Dakota. This free, fun event for all ages is full of activities, crafts, music and demonstrations. Make a rope or candle; visit the Lamont Country School and Stavenger Lutheran Church; watch the threshing machine demonstration; taste great food at the Dutch oven cooking demonstration; and compete in the watermelon seed spitting contest and buffalo chip throwing contest. Info: 605-232-0873
  • Sand Volleyball Fun, 10 a.m. CDT, Oakwood Lakes State Park near Bruce. Join us at the beach volleyball court for some fun in the sun! Info: 605-627-5441
  • Parrot Program, 11 a.m. CDT, Newton Hills State Park near Canton. Bring the family and your lawn chairs to campsite 85E to learn about the Ensz family's eight parrots from all over the world. They will tell us about what it is like to live with these friendly birds. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Info: 605-987-2263
  • Turkey and Deer! Oh My!, 1 p.m. CDT, Newton Hills State Park near Canton. Come and learn about the two main animals at Newton Hills State Park. Info: 605-987-2263
  • Riddle Hunt, 2-8 p.m. CDT, Newton Hills State Park near Canton. Stop into the Welcome Center for the clues to the hunt. Bring back a completed scavenger hunt form to the Welcome Center by 8 p.m. to claim your prize! Kids under 8 should have a helper with them! Info: 605-987-2263
  • GPS Scavenger Hunt, 3 p.m. CDT, Roy Lake State Park near Lake City. Learn some GPS and geo-cashing basics. Program will depart from the office at the West campground. GPS units will be provided. A scavenger hunt will be set up and participants will use their GPS to find objects within the park. Children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Info: 605-448-5474
  • Street Masters Car Show and Ice Cream Social, 7-9 p.m. CDT, Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre. Check out the car show as you enjoy ice cream! All guests are encouraged to cast a vote for their favorite car. The Camper's Choice trophy will be awarded to the most popular car. Info: 605-223-7722
  • Nature Hike, 8 p.m. CDT, Good Earth State Park at Blood Run near Sioux Falls. Just after the ice age ended over 800 years ago, many American Indians settled on the land that is now Good Earth State Park at Blood Run. But why did they settle here? What drew them to the land? Come learn why the American Indians called this land home for many years. This 2 mile hike will take you along tall grass prairies and large oak forest, allowing you to enjoy the wondrous beauty that is Good Earth State Park. Info: 605-987-2263 or Pre-registration: 605-362-2777 or
  • Park in the Dark Hike, 9:30 p.m. CDT, Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton. Many interesting things occur when the lights go out. Learn about the beautiful night sky at Lewis and Clark Recreation Area. Ages 12 and older welcome. Info: 605-668-2985
  • Constellation Stories, 9:30 p.m. CDT, Good Earth State Park at Blood Run Run near Sioux Falls. Learn constellation stories from cultures around the world while looking at the Good Earth night sky through a telescope. Bring good shoes and bug repellant. Info: 605-987-2263
  • Perseid Meteor Shower and Star Party, 10 p.m. CDT, Palisades State Park near Garretson. Join us for a tour of the night sky and meteor shower. A telescope will be set up for visitors to view. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket and bug spray. Info: 605-594-3824

For more information on the South Dakota State Parks or for a full calendar of events, please visit or call 605-773-3391. To learn about park programs in your area, contact your local state park office.


Adams Homestead to host annual celebration

NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. -- Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve is celebrating 16 years as a state park with its annual festival on Aug. 10.

There are many new and exciting activities that are scheduled throughout the day including a threshing machine demo, corn shelling, candlemaking, tin punching, homestead tours, rope making, musicians, watermelon seed spitting contest, buffalo chip throwing contest, face painting, Dutch Oven Cooking Demo, kids' games, homemade pie contest and more.

Those interested in participating in the homemade pie judging contest need to bring their pies to Adams Homestead by 10:30 a.m. Judging begins at 11:30 p.m. Pies will be judged by their appearance, texture and taste.
Plan to spend the entire day at Adams. Food and refreshments, activities, presentations, music and crafts will be available for the entire family to enjoy. Get a sense of history, learn about your heritage and explore the outdoors!

Bring your walking shoes, bikes, strollers and your love for the great outdoors.

Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve is located off Interstate 29 Exit 4, 1-mile west, and 1/2 mile south. Follow the brown nature area signs from the interstate.

For more information, please call 605-232-0873.