State Recreation Areas Offer Summer Nature Camps for Kids of South Dakota

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State Recreation Areas Offer Summer Nature Camps for Kids of South DakotaPIERRE, S.D. – Angostura and Rocky Point Recreation Areas are hosting nature day camps for kids ages 7-12 on Aug. 20 and 21, respectively. The camps are great opportunities for kids to explore the surrounding recreation areas and focus on the outdoors. The camps run from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Angostura Recreation Area near Hot Springs will host the camp on Aug. 20. The theme of the day camp is “Animal Tracking for Kids.” This nature day camp takes participants on a guided hike into a prairie setting and woody ravines to discover various signs of wildlife. Bring a sense of exploration and some excitable questions because the trek will leave you with lasting impressions of nature.

“Wildlife species exist in many forms at Angostura Recreation Area,” said Willy Collignon, park manager. “However, many species are not seen, due to their habitat preference or lifestyle. Come on out and learn how to locate and identify what some of these creatures leave behind.”

Reservations are required and can be made by calling Angostura Recreation Area at (605) 745-6996 or by email at Angostura [at] state [dot] sd [dot] us.

Angostura Recreation Area is located 10 miles southeast of Hot Springs off US 18/385. For more information on their programming schedule throughout the summer season, please visit Angostura Recreation Area on the web at www.SDparks.info or call (605) 745-6996.

The theme of the Aug. 21 day camp at Rocky Point Recreation Area near Belle Fourche is “Astronomy is for the Stars.” “Participants will hear statistics, history, and mythology for constellations and name stars within them,” said Brad Nelson, Rocky Point park manager. “The kids will have chance to look at the stars through the telescope after dark, so we are hoping for a clear night!”

Reservations for this camp can be made by calling Rocky Point Recreation Area at (605)641-0023 or by email at RockyPoint [at] state [dot] sd [dot] us.

Rocky Point Recreation Area is located 8 miles east of Belle Fourche off SD 212. For more information on their programming schedule throughout the summer season, please visit Rocky Point Recreation Area on the web at www.SDparks.info or call (605)641-0023.

While the camps are geared for kids ages 7-12, younger children may attend if accompanied by an adult. Kids are reminded to wear clothing appropriate for the weather and shoes comfortable for walking. Sandals are not appropriate. No snacks or refreshments will be provided, but kids are welcome to bring their own. There is no fee for the camp; however a park entrance license is required.