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Educational Nature Programs

Discover the unique natural and cultural history of South Dakota from the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve's friendly staff and volunteers.

Donkey dash 5k Run/Walk

Program Details

Date:
Saturday, May 16


Time: Registration at 9 a.m.; Run/Walk at 10 a.m.
Age: all ages
Cost:
$25 per participant (16 and older)
$45 per family (2 adults and any kids under 16 years old)

Join us for a family friendly 5K run/walk at Adams Homestead. All proceeds from this event will benefit Sonny Acres Working Farm.

Come dressed as your favorite barnyard animal or in your best farm attire!

Info: For a registration form, contact the visitor center, 605.232.0873

 

 

 

Hurray for the Honeybees

Program Details

Dates:
Saturday, May 16

Time: 1 p.m.
Age: all ages
Cost: Free

Join Leonard Kurtz, local bee expert, talks about the importance of honeybees. He will educate us on the unique behavior of these cool insects and provide information on how we can help their population grow. 

Info: 605.232.0873

Little Naturalist Programs

Program Details

Dates:
Friday, June 19
Friday, July 17
Friday, August 21

Time: 10 a.m.
Age: 2-4 years
Cost: Free

These programs are for children ages 2 to 4 years old and their parents or guardians. Toddlers will learn about each theme through games, crafts, stories and songs. Free fun for the little ones.

Pre-register: 605.232.0873

Birds of Prey During the Day

Program Details

Date:
Saturday, June 13


Time: 1 p.m.
Age: all ages
Cost: Free

Join the staff of SOAR (Saving our avian resources) as they teach us about falcons and other birds of prey that keep busy during the daylight hours. The program contains live birds will be here. A fun program for all ages!

Pre-register: 605.232.0873

 

Nature Fun Day

Program Details

Date:
Friday, June 26
Friday, July 24


Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Age: 11-12 years
Cost: Free

This is a fun day for kids ages 11-12 years old.  The morning will be filled with activities and games that teach you about the outdoors. A great way to get outside and enjoy nature.

Pre-register: 605.232.0873

 

Adams Homestead Celebration

Program Details

Date:
Saturday, August 8


Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Age: all ages
Cost: Free

On August 14, 1997, Adams Homestead & Nature Preserve officially opened as a state park. We mark this very special occasion by having an annual festival on or around this day.

There are many new and exciting activities that are scheduled throughout the day, including threshing machine demo, corn shelling, candlemaking, tin punching, homestead tours, rope making, musicians, watermelon seed spitting contest, buffalo chip throwing contest, face painting, rope making, 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. on Saturday, August  8. The pie judging will start at 11:30 a.m. Pies will be judged by their appearance, texture and taste.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. There will be activities, presentations, music, and crafts for the entire family to enjoy. Bring your walking shoes, bikes, strollers and your love for the great outdoors! 

Info: 605.987.2263

Fun Days with Intern Kyle

Fantastic Photo Find

Program Details

Date:
Saturday, May 30

Time: 1 - 5 p.m.
Age: all ages
Cost: Free
Class size: no limit

Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a day of family fun with us down at Adam’s Homestead. Families are encouraged to come into the park and participate in finding and recapturing 6 photos of things or views on the Preserve. Maybe you’ll be looking for a lovely flowering tree or perhaps and bell tower? Find all the photos for a cool prize!

Info: 605.232.0873

Big City Critters

Program Details

Date:
Thursday, June 18

Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Age: 5-8 years
Cost: Free
Class size: 20 kids

Come and learn about all of the amazing animals that we have living right in our own backyards. Activities will include a nature hike along Mud Lake, pine cone birdfeeders, and animal educational games outside. No lunch/no snacks.

Info: 605.232.0873

Environmental Everyone

Program Details

Date:
Saturday, June 27

Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Age: 9-12 years
Cost: Free
Class size: 20 kids

Today we are all aware that we change the environment, or place, we live in. Come and learn how we can change the world around us in a positive way through exploring good recycling, learning about composting and growing your own food, and outdoor educational games. No lunch/no snacks.

Info: 605.232.0873

Wild, Wild Wetlands

Program Details

Date:
Thursday, July 9

Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Age: all ages
Cost: Free
Class size: 20 kids

Together we are going to discover the wild world that is happening underwater every day. We will talk all about the differences in the wet places animals and plants may live and how each is connected to the other. Activities will include visiting a local wetland (Mud Lake), identifying aquatic species, building natural material mini boats, and educational games outside. No lunch/no snacks.

Info: 605.232.0873

Nocturnal Know-it-alls

Program Details

Date:
Thursday, July 23

Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Age: 5-8 years
Cost: Free
Class size: 20 kids

What goes bump in the night? Let’s find out together as we explore the dark world of creatures that come out to play at night. We will look at how bats find their way in the dark, build our own sound wave cup walkie-talkies, and play some outdoor educational games. No lunch/no snacks.

Info: 605.232.0873

Kids of Discovery

Program Details

Date:
Saturday, July 25

Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Age: 9-12 years
Cost: Free
Class size: 20 kids

Explore the world of Lewis and Clark as we learn together about the adventures of the Corps of Discovery on their many year exploration of the Louisiana Purchase. Activities will include animal and plant classification and collages, bird mask making, and educational games outside. A light, nut-free snack will be served to each child unless otherwise specified. No lunch/no snacks.

Info: 605.232.0873