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Outdoor Family Weekend set for June

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South Dakota outdoors - Flickr photo by Dave Ginsberg
South Dakota outdoors - Flickr photo by Dave Ginsberg

PIERRE, S.D. – Roy Lake State Park near Lake City will host the Becoming an Outdoor Family weekend June 28-30.

The event is designed for beginning camping families, families that would like to try new outdoor activities, and those who enjoy the company of like-minded families.

“Becoming an Outdoor Family is a great opportunity to try different activities, learn new skills, and spend a weekend outdoors with your family,” said Emilie Miller, program specialist for South Dakota state parks. “It’s also a great opportunity to meet other families with similar interests.”

Workshop fees are $50 per family. The fee includes instruction in three skills sessions, program materials, equipment use during the workshop, and an electric campsite for two nights. A campsite reservation will be made for participating families, but they must provide their own camper or tent.A park entrance license is required to enter the park and is not included in the registration fee.

Session choices include archery, bio-diversity, shooting sports, dog training, kayaking/canoeing, fishing, disc golf and Dutch oven cooking. On Sunday morning, the group will meet at nearby Fort Sisseton Historical State Park and experience several period activities, including rope making, gold panning and wagon rides. All ages are welcome to take part.

To register for the Becoming an Outdoor Family program, fill out a registration form and mail the form and payment to: South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, Becoming an Outdoor Family, 523 E. Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501. Registration forms are available online at http://gfp.sd.gov/outdoor-learning/BOF.aspx or by calling 605-773-3391.

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