Wind Cave National Park To Offer Series of Nature Programs For Kids

Ranger Mary Laycock helps students learn about animals in the park. NPS photo.

Youngsters -- ages 3 to 10 -- are the target audience for a series of nature programs being offered this winter at Wind Cave National Park.

The park's Adventures in Nature program will be held at the visitor center on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting upwards of 2 1/2 hours. The first program will be on January 11 and the last on April 12.

“These programs provide children, especially those being home-schooled, an opportunity to interact with students their own age in a structured, learning environment,” said Wind Cave Superintendent Vidal Davila. “Each session includes hands-on lessons for the kids and an outdoor activity to help illustrate what they just learned in the classroom.”

Every program will have a different theme and is designed with educational objectives appropriate for the age level of the student, according to a park release. Potential audiences include home-schooled, preschool, and early elementary children.

All programs are free. For additional information, contact the park at (605) 745-4600.