Applications are being accepted for grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Public outdoor recreation projects sponsored by city, county, township and tribal governments are eligible to receive the grant money. The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides up to 50 percent reimbursement for approved outdoor recreation projects. Grants will be awarded for development or renovation of public outdoor recreation facilities or the acquisition of park land. The grants will be a minimum of $10,000 and the maximum will be $75,000 in federal funds. There will be $435,000 available to award to projects. Application packets are available online on the Game, Fish and Parks’ website. The application deadline is August 26, 2016.
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
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!