Learn New Winter Activities in South Dakota State Parks


SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – Snow and cold might make you want to stay indoors, but there are always some fun activities you can do outside.

Snowshoeing, cross country skiing and ice fishing are just a few of the activities that the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks offers people during the winter months.

Winter can be a wonderful time to experience South Dakota State Parks.

“You don’t need to have the busy crowds that are normally in the summer. You can go out, see different things that you never see. A part of the winter fauna also in winter is more active, so you are more inclined to see fast squirrels, deer, turkeys in the open air rather than hiding as if they were a lot in summer ”, a said Derek Klawitter, naturalist for Game, Fish and Parks of South Dakota.

You can explore a variety of winter activities here at the outdoor campus, with lessons in cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and even snowshoeing.

“They are all great fun, especially if you are new to the area or new to winter activities. It’s definitely the perfect place to get out and explore all that South Dakota has to offer in the winter, ”said Paige O’Farrell, Volunteer Coordinator.

All winter courses are free and open to people of all ages.

“We try to go anywhere from small children and their parents to the elderly, we want everyone to be able to go out and enjoy the winter weather,” said O’Farrell.

“If you’ve never done them before, they’re addicting. They are a lot of fun. So yes, I encourage you to come to our site and try them out, ”said

“If you’ve never done them before, they’re addicting. They are a lot of fun. So yes, I encourage you to come and try them, ”Klawitter said.

You might even find a new winter hobby.

“Don’t be afraid to do it. Find a friend who is also interested in it and go out. we’re a great place to start, ”said O’Farrell. “All of our staff are extremely friendly and we’re here to work with you and answer any questions you have, so it’s a great place to start.”

They also have a program where you can borrow a case of snowshoes and take them with you anywhere in South Dakota.

To learn more about upcoming classes and events on the open-air campus, check out their Facebook page.


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