Gov. Dennis Daugaard is inviting families to camp out on the capitol lawn as part of the state’s first Capital Campout. The free event, to be held June 10-12, encourages families to spend the weekend learning outdoor skills and tent camping on the front lawn of the state capitol in Pierre. The event is a joint effort be tween the SD Game, Fish and Parks, the City of Pierre and several area sponsors and entities. Learn more
Applications are now being accepted for grants from the Recreation Trails Program (RTP). The grants will be available for trail projects sponsored by municipalities, counties, state parks, federal land management agencies or tribal governments. The Recreational Trails Program provides partial reimbursement for approved trail projects. Eligible projects include construction of new public trails, rehabilitation of existing public trails, development of trail-related facilities and educational programs that relate to recreational trails. The application deadline is April 15, 2016. Learn more
Don’t let winter stop you from getting outside and staying active this New Year. The snowy season offers all sorts of unique recreation opportunities, from hiking and snowshoeing to birding and ice skating. Winter activities are growing in popularity: 11 South Dakota state parks held First Day Hikes on Jan. 1, with 259 people hiking over 370 miles. Bundle up and get out!
This year we recognized several amazing professionals and organizations for their dedication to parks and recreation in South Dakota. Congratulations to all our award recipients and thank you for your outstanding service!