Memorial Day weekend filled with fun
May 21. 2013 3:17PM
Nature is finally waking up, the trees are blooming, the frogs are chirping and birds are busy making nests. Memorial weekend is the official start to summer fun and nature is sure taking a cue. With the long winter trees are just now getting a good start on their summer foliage, and birds are finally feasting on all those newly hatched bugs and emerging worms. This is a great time to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.
With the frogs chirping near the water let’s build them a home. On Friday we will make them some mushroom homes at Big Sioux Recreation Area’s amphitheater. Starting at 6:30 p.m. you will have the opportunity to make a cement mushroom. I will bring all the supplies needed to make these fun frog/toad homes. Then later at Palisades State Park, at 9 p.m. we will learn about the Lorax. Meeting at the program area we will listen to the story of the Lorax, and how he strives to save the trees. Afterwards we will have a fun activity learning about trees.
On Saturday, visitors to Palisades State Park will have the opportunity to make their very own mushroom frog/toad house. Starting at 10 a.m. we will meet at the program area and make a comfy new place for them to hide out.
Do you enjoy having fun with friends or playing games outside? Well Big Sioux Recreation Area is hosting an amateur beanbag tournament on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. The fun will take place in the newly mowed field right near the amphitheater, in the middle of the campground. We will have beanbag boards set up for teams of two (all ages welcome) to compete. As each game is finished the winners will move on until we have one victorious team. There will be prizes for the top winning team along with some door prizes for all. This is a fun relaxing game that almost anyone can have fun playing.
On Sunday we will be picking up our mushrooms after they have time to dry. Big Sioux Recreation Area will have their pick up time at 10 a.m. and Palisades can pick theirs up at 7 p.m. When visitors pick up their finished mushrooms they will have the opportunity to paint and decorate them before taking them home.
Palisades State Park is home to many varieties of trees, from burr oaks, elms, cotton woods and even a larch tree. On Sunday at 2 p.m. we will explore all these “tremendous” trees. Let’s meet at the program area before we head out to explore the trees in the park. We will also have lots of fun activities along the way including identifying, measuring and exploring throughout our walk. Be sure to wear good walking shoes and bring along a water bottle. The program will be fun for all ages.
We will also have some bird fun on Sunday at Big Sioux Recreation Area’s amphitheater starting at 5 p.m. You can come learn all about South Dakota birds; from identifying them by sight and sound to how they live. We have a wonderful assortment of feathered friends in our state.
Monday will wrap up our long weekend at Palisades State Park with a fun new program called “Find the Naturalist.” I will venture out and hide in a hidden spot somewhere in the park, and I will leave clues for you to come and find me. Starting at the comfort station visitors will travel through the campground following clues about trees to find me. Good luck and be sure to wear good walking shoes.
For more information please call 605-594-3824.