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becoming an outdoor Family

Spirit Mound

Becoming an Outdoor Family teaches skills for a lifetime of outdoor recreation. We'll introduce you to several outdoor activities, providing all the instruction and equipment you need to try it out for yourself. It's ideal for kids age 8 and up, but the whole family will enjoy spending time outside together, no matter their age.

2015 sessions

Each session offers a different experience. Be sure to check out the event webpage for each to learn more.

Newton Hills State Park
Canton, SD
June 10-12, 2015 (Wed-Fri)
Registration closed

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area
Yankton, SD
June 26-28, 2015 (Fri-Sun)
Registration closed

Oahe Downstream Recreation Area
Fort Pierre, SD
July 29-31, 2015 (Wed-Fri)
Registration closed



The program fee includes:

  • Electrical campsite for two nights.
  • Instruction in several outdoor skill classes.
  • Participation in group sessions and activities.
  • Program materials and use of equipment.
Participants are responsible for providing their own campers or tents and camping will be on designated sites. A park entrance license is also required.



Different activites are offered each session, but may include:

  • Archery
  • Birding
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Disc Golf
  • Shooting Sports
  • GPS/Geocaching
  • Guided Hikes
  • Lawn Games
  • Dutch Oven Cooking
  • Outdoor Photography
  • Area Wildlife
  • Stargazing
  • History
  • S'mores