Outdoor Recreation

Archery

For archery, please go to our Archery page.

FAMILY PARK FISHING SATURDAYS FOR ALL AGES

Join us Saturday mornings in June and July for fishing at Family Park. Fishing poles and bait will be supplied on a first–come, first–served basis for you to enjoy a morning of fishing. This program is a joint project of S.D. Game Fish & Parks, The Outdoor Campus, and Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation. No registration required.

Dates: Saturdays, June 2-July 28
Time: 9 a.m.-12 noon
Location: Family Park
Fee: FREE

YOUTH FISHING FOR AGES 16 and Younger

Today’s families often have limited opportunities to connect with the natural environment through outdoor experiences. Fishing in your local parks is a perfect way to combat this statistic. We’ll provide the bait, fishing poles, and instruction on a first–come, first–served basis. This program is a joint project of S.D. Game Fish & Parks, The Outdoor Campus, and Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation. Children must be accompanied by an adult and a five–to–one ratio of children to adults must be observed. No registration required.

Dates: Tuesdays, June 14, July 17, and August 14
Time: 10 a.m.-12 noon
Location: Terrace Park West
Fee: FREE

GNOME AND FAIRY GARDEN WORKSHOP FOR AGES 6–9

Pretend and creative play have been shown to help children develop empathy, cope with their feelings, and improve language skills. Assemble a miniature garden, and get lost in an imaginary world of wonder in this workshop. Class fee includes all necessary supplies; however, participants are encouraged to bring a few trinkets to personalize their fairy garden.

Date: Tuesday, July 17
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Location: Tuthill House
Fee: $10 per person

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MINIATURE GARDEN WORKSHOP FOR AGES 18+

Discover some tales, myths, and explore a bit of folklore behind these fantastical creatures. Are they spirits, sprites, or do they really exist? Get a little sprightly yourself and learn how to design and plant your own miniature garden while socializing and exercising creative thinking skills. Class fee includes all necessary supplies, however, participants are encouraged to bring a few trinkets to personalize their garden if desired.

Date: Tuesday, July 17
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Tuthill House
Fee: $20 per person

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I CAN FISH! PRESCHOOL FISHING FOR AGES 4–5

Fishing is a great way for a child to feel connected to nature while exercising essential motor skills. After reading a fish story and creating a craft, participants will learn to fish at Family Park Lake. All equipment will be provided. Parent participation is required for the fishing portion of the program.

Date: Saturday, August 11
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Family Park
Fee: $5 per child

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PARK AFTER DARK FULL MOON HIKE FOR FAMILIES WITH KIDS AGES 6+

Come out and see Great Bear under the full moon’s glow! Hiking not only provides the physical relief of other exercise choices, but hiking in nature has been shown to be a powerful anxiety and stress reliever for people of all ages. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Participants must be able to hike one mile on uneven terrain. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight.

Date: Thursday, June 28
Time: 9-10 p.m.
Location: Great Bear Recreation Park
Fee: FREE

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NOCTURNAL NIGHT HIKE FOR FAMILIES

Have you ever wondered what kind of creatures are awake while the rest of the world sleeps? Learn about nocturnal animals through educational activities and partake in a guided night hike at Great Bear Recreation Park. This program is recommended for participants ages 6 and up who are able to hike at least one mile on uneven terrain. Please bring sturdy shoes, a flashlight, and your adventurous spirit to partake in this nocturnal adventure. Registration required.

Date: Thursday, July 12
Time: 9-10 a.m.
Location: Great Bear Recreation Park
Fee: FREE

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ORIENTEERING 101 FOR AGES 7+

Cell phones can be very useful in helping you find your way if you are lost, but would you know how to navigate without one? The ability to use a map and compass can be extremely helpful if you find yourself in unfamiliar surroundings. After an introductory lesson to basic map reading skills and compass use, participants will test their skills on a preset self–guided orienteering course using nothing but a map and compass to find their way. Recommended for ages 7+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Sunday, July 15
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.
Location: Great Bear Recreation Park
Fee: $8 per child

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURES FOR AGES 7–11

Studies have shown that the average American youth spends as few as 30 minutes in unstructured outdoor play each day, and more than seven hours each day in front of an electronic screen. Come battle this statistic while participating in adventurous outdoor activities. Fish at Family Park, discover outdoor safety skills, explore hiking trails, and learn archery skills from The Outdoor Campus instructors during this exciting camp. Participants are required to wear sturdy close–toed shoes and bring a full water bottle each day. Intended for ages 7–11. Tuesday will be at Great Bear Recreation Park, and Wednesday will be at Family Park.

Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, August 7-8
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Location: Family Park and Great Bear Recreation Park
Fee: $20 per person

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STORYTIME TRAIL FOR AGES 4–5

Children will explore the nature around them as they partake in a storytime hike through Arrowhead Park, and complete a nature craft. Over the course of these two sessions, your child will further develop their powers of observation and creativity while exploring a natural environment.

Dates/Themes:
            
Saturday, August 11—All About Animals
            Saturday, August 18—We Love Plants
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Arrowhead Park
Fee: $5 per person

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