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Make Plans to Attend Special Events in South Dakota State Parks

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota state parks will hold special events on Saturday, Aug. 18. The activities are a great way to spend a summer evening. Make plans to attend the following events:

  • SD Bat Festival, 6:30 p.m. MDT, Custer State Park. In partnership with the South Dakota Bat Working Group, Custer State Park is hosting the 7th Annual Bat Festival. Several biologists will be on-hand with activities and presentations to help visitors understand and appreciate the myths and facts associated with bats. Info: 605-255-4464
  • Angostura Astronomy Program, 8 a.m. MDT, Angostura Recreation Area near Hot Springs. Spend a relaxing evening under the stars in perhaps one of the best astronomy settings in the southern Black Hills. Participants will take a tour of the night sky and learn how to find some common constellations. Bring a pair of binoculars and a chair. Info: 605-745-6996
  • Lantern Tour, 9 p.m. CDT, Fort Sisseton Historic State Park near Lake City. Tour historic Fort Sisseton by the light of a lantern. Info: 605-983-5085
  • Perseid Meteor Shower and Star Party, 10 p.m. CDT, Palisades State Park near Garretson. Join us for a tour of the night sky and meteor shower. Telescopes will be set up for visitors to view. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket and bug spray. Info: 605-594-3824

The programs are open to all ages. There is no charge to participate in the events; however, a park entrance license is required to enter the parks.

For more information on activities in South Dakota state parks, visit , contact the individual park office or call 605-773-3391.

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