Weekend Events Scheduled for State Parks

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PIERRE, S.D. – On Saturday, May 31, parents have numerous opportunities to head outdoors with their children. Some of these opportunities include learning about spring flowers on a Walk in the Park at Lewis and Clark recreation area, or letting the kids go fishing at Lake Poinsett.

Kids ages 4-15 are invited to Lake Poinsett for a Kids Fishing Derby on May 31. Participants are asked to meet at the boat launch for 11 a.m. registration. Fishing is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with prizes and awards to follow. Participants must bring their own fishing pole, no more than one pole per child. The park will provide bait for the derby.

Lake Poinsett Recreation Area is located 14 NE of Arlington off US 81. For more information about the fishing derby call (605) 627-5441.

Do you know your flowers? Chief White Crane invites you to come out and learn about the different flowers located throughout the Lewis and Clark recreation area. The Flower Power Program will meet at the Chief White Crane Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 30, and includes a presentation on wildflowers found in the park followed by a make-and-take craft. All of the supplies will be provided.

Enjoy the Spring Wildflower Walk in the Park at Lewis and Clark recreation area on Saturday, May 31. The one-hour hike takes you along approximately one mile of Gavin’s Nature Trail where you will discover and discuss the flowers that bloom along the trail. It is important to bring comfortable walking shoes and appropriate attire for the weather. The walk will meet at the trailhead at 10:30 a.m.

Chief White Crane Recreation Area will also host the Becoming an Outdoor Family program on June 20-22. The program teaches families about outdoor cooking, fishing techniques, GPS units (Global Positioning System), canoeing and many other outdoor skills. Eight openings still remain. The fee is $50 per family and covers all sessions, program materials, use of equipment and a campsite for two nights. Those registering after May 20 pay $60 per family.

Chief White Crane recreation area and Lewis and Clark recreation area are located 5 miles and 6 miles, respectively, west of Yankton off SD 52.

The Walk in the Park program is a series of educational, guided hikes held throughout the year in South Dakota state parks, recreation areas and nature preserves. Parks staff and volunteers lead the programs, which are co-sponsored by the S.D. Department of Health.

Participants to all events must have a park entrance license. For more information on state parks or any of the programs at the parks, visit www.SDparks.info or call (605) 773-3391.