PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota state parks will be holding several special events the fourth weekend in June. These activities are a great way to spend a summer day.
Make plans to attend the following events:
- Nature's Yucky, Chief White Crane Recreation Area near Yankton. Saturday, June 21, 7 p.m. CDT. Join us for a hands-on exploration into the nitty-gritty, gross stuff about plants and animals. Preschool to age 12 welcome. Info: 605-668-2985
- Newton Hills Night Sky, Newton Hills State Park near Canton. Saturday, June 21 at 10 p.m. CDT. We will use the telescope to learn about constellations, stars, planets and other celestial bodies above the campgrounds. Info: 605-987-2263
- Dutch Oven Gathering, North Point Recreation Area near Pickstown. Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m. CDT. Learn how to use a Dutch oven and try your hand cooking over a fire. Tasting the results is required! Info: 605-487-7046
- Outer Space in the Afternoon, Newton Hills State Park near Canton. Saturday, June 22 at 1 p.m. CDT. Join us as we talk about stars, planets and space and learn how a reflector telescope works. We will also make a craft to help learn the constellations, making them easier to identify after the sun goes down. Info: 605-987-2263
- Become a Buffalo Buff, Fort Sisseton State Park near Lake City. Saturday, June 22, 3 p.m. CDT. Aimed at 5- to 12-year-olds, this program explains how the buffalo was used by the plains dwellers of the 18th century. Info: 605-448-5474
- Dutch Oven Gathering, Lake Thompson Recreation Area near Lake Preston. Saturday, June 22, 3:30 p.m. CDT. Participating Dutch oven cookers will prepare and demonstrate a variety of dishes. The program will be followed by a campground potluck at 5 p.m. Bring a dish to share and join us. Info: 605-847-4893
- Umonhon Culture Program, Good Earth State Park at Blood Run near Sioux Falls. Saturday, June 22, 7:30 p.m. CDT. Learn a few historical facts of this culturally rich site where several thousand American Indians settled between the 12th and 17th Centuries, told from the Umonhon (Omaha) tribe perspective. Samples of pottery and tools used in this Indian Village will be available. Info: 605-987-2263 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-registration: 605-362-2777 or www.outdoorcampus.org.