U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and South Dakota Discovery Center Provide Outdoor Recreation Opportunities for Pierre Youth
PIERRE, S.D. – In early 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) offices in Pierre, along with other field stations in South Dakota and the Service’s Mountain-Prairie Region, received custom ”Let’s Go Outside” backpacks equipped with everything a family or small group needs to explore and discover nature.
These four backpacks, which are available for checkout to families and groups through the South Dakota Discovery Center, include a variety of materials to help young outdoor explorers learn about nature: binoculars, magnifying glasses, insect nets, thermometers, nature journals, petri dishes, activity ideas, and much more.
Families interested in checking out a backpack should contact the South Dakota Discovery Center directly. The South Dakota Discovery Center is a hands-on science center located at 805 W. Sioux in Pierre. The backpacks are now part of the Center’s “Science To Go” backpack loan program designed to provide fun, hands-on science activities that families can enjoy at home. The Center is open seven days a week – 1 to 5 p.m. daily except Saturdays (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Since 2007, the Service has been actively engaged in increasing our youth’s experiences in the outdoors through the “Connecting People with Nature – Let’s Get Outside!” program. This program is playing an active role in President Obama’s “America’s Great Outdoors” Initiative and its goal of creating a new generation of conservation stewards.
For more information regarding the Connecting People with Nature – Let’s Go Outside program, visit the “Let’s Get Outside” website at: http://www.fws.gov/letsgooutside/.