Join your fellow outdoor women on a backpack camping trip in the Black Elk Wilderness in the Black Hills of South Dakota on May 19 and 20. Instructors Cindy Longmire and Luke Mickelson, both experienced hikers with SD Game Fish and Parks, will lead us on a hike through the Wilderness area. Participants will camp in the Wilderness area overnight and each participant will carry all the gear they need on their own back. The Game, Fish and Parks will provide 8 backpack kits for our use, which will contain the following items: backpack, tent, sleeping bag, stove and basic mess (silverware/plate) kit. Instructors will bring water filters and a first aid kit.
Time and Location: On May 19, we will meet the instructors at the Iron Creek Trailhead at 11 am Mountain Time. Instructors will then assist everyone with packing their backpacks. Vehicles will be left at the trailhead. Participants will carry their gear while hiking to the camping location. Breaks can be taken as needed along the trail. Participants should expect to return to their vehicles by 12 noon on Sunday the 20th.
Price: There is no cost for a Wilderness permit for camping or parking. Participants will pay only their food costs for backpack camping meals. The evening meals for Saturday and Sunday breakfast will be purchased in advance by the organizers and the meals will be lightweight and backpack friendly (freeze dried). Participants are encouraged to dress for May in the Black Hills which means dressing in layers and bringing extra dry socks. Wear sturdy hiking shoes. Participants should also bring a water bottle, flashlight and personal care items. There are no bathroom facilities in the wilderness, so be prepared! Pack a light weight set of rain gear and a stocking cap and gloves or mittens (just in case).
Register early: Because the GFP has 8 backpack kits for our use, class size will be limited. If you have your own backpack equipment, please let Julie know when you register for the class. It is important that you get your reservation and food reimbursement check in early, to reserve your spot in the class. Let Julie know if you have any diet restrictions or if you will need to bring your own food. A variety of meals will be provided but if you have a preference or food aversion/allergy, let Julie know when you register.
Restrictions: There is no age restriction, however everyone must be able to carry their own 20 lb pack. No minors can attend without a parent or guardian present. Participants must be able to carry their pack on their backs and to hike 5 miles over moderate to sometimes strenuous terrain. No open fires are allowed.
A map with directions to the trailhead and any follow-up information will be sent to each participant by email.
TO REGISTER: Send the registration form and $20 to Julie DeJong, %OWSD, 304 N. Cherry St. Lennox, SD 57039. All registrations must be in by May 4th. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you experiencing the winter blues? Come join your fellow OWSD members for some outdoor winter activities! This will be a two-part wintertime adventure! On March 3, 2018 we will meet at 9:30 am CST at the newest State Park in South Dakota, Good Earth State Park. This beautiful park has a very interesting history which will be explained to us while we snowshoe the park. Our snowshoeing adventure from 10 am CST to 12 pm CST will be led by a naturalist with the Good Earth Park.
We will meet up afterwards for lunch at the park facility or at the Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls. Bring your own lunch, water and snacks. After lunch we are off for another adventure in cross-country skiing with more great naturalists from the Game, Fish and Parks at The Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls. We will meet them at the Campus at 12:30 pm CST for cross country ski fitting. Instruction will be provided on how to wear and use cross-country skis, and then we will go explore Sertoma Park with the guidance of a naturalist from the Game, Fish and Parks. Participants will ski from 1 pm to 330 pm CST (or whenever you would like to stop). If there is no snow, we will still hike the trails of each park with the naturalist. This is a family oriented event is open to both children and adults. Participants should use their judgment on the age of children to bring along, as younger children may need to be carried or require extra time learning the techniques. This is a physically active event but participants may go at their own pace and the terrain will not be steep.
Use of the snowshoes and cross country skis are free and the naturalists at each park will help you get fitted with the correct size and give you a lesson on how to use them. There is no charge for this event. However all participants in the guided OWSD hikes/treks must be OWSD members for insurance purposes. Annual membership for people over 15 years old is $40, and is $20 for people younger than 15. Memberships can be paid for on the date of the event.
Participants should dress in layers to stay warm. Wear winter boots, warm socks, hats and gloves/mittens. When snowshoeing you will wear your own winter boots. When cross-country skiing you will wear your own heavy winter socks and boots that are provided by Game, Fish and Parks. If it is sunny, remember your sunglasses because the sun’s reflection off the snow can be very strong. Bring your own snacks, water and lunch. An entrance pass into the Good Earth State Park is required. Daily passes are $6 and yearly passes are $30.
There is no pre-registration fee but please let the event organizer, Julie DeJong, know that you will be attending by February 23rd. This will allow her to coordinate the staffing necessary with the naturalists from both parks. You can contact her through email at email@example.com. Please let her know the ages and names of participants, and if they any physical restrictions.
Would you like to try Ice Fishing? Here is the opportunity to try it for the cost of a fishing license. Scott Olson (Ice Angler) from Rapid City is teaching the basics of Ice Fishing, from setting up an Ice Shack and drilling holes, baiting hooks and rigging poles, use of flashers/depth finders and will help clean (if fish are caught). The event will be held February 3, 2018, fishing at Stockade Lake in Custer State Park. Please dress accordingly for ice fishing, warm insulated boots for feet protection on the ice, ski pants or insulated coveralls, gloves or mittens, it would be best to dress in layers, if you have ice cleats bring them for walking on the ice (cleats will not be provided). Lunch Provided. Fishing Equipment and bait to be provided if you do not have any. Spend a day on the ice and just enjoy some simple Ice Fishing! Kristi H. and Betty W. are hosting the event. This is a family friendly event (Membership required)!
When it is closer to the event, directions will be provided as to where to meet.
Have you ever wanted to scuba dive but you weren't sure if it was the right thing for you? You will get a chance to learn the basics and try out the equipment in a safe environment with professional instructors. More details to come about this exciting event! It will be held at a pool in Sioux Falls, and will be taught by Donovan's professional scuba instructors. Get ready to get wet and learn a new life skill for the outdoors!
Experience pheasant hunting in the great state of South Dakota. This member only event is great for hunters on all experience levels. License must be purchased through Game, Fish, & Park (link below). All hunters under the age of 21 must have a Hunt Safe Certificate before participating in the event.
Fresh air, exercise, and the outdoors are only a few rewards to hiking. Join the Outdoor Women's group for a fun adventure. Bring plenty of water, and don't forget your hiking sticks as you explore nature.
Join the OWSD members in a gorgeous landscape, with great friends and crazy adventures. Buryanek State Recreation Area is the perfecting place to spend time in the water. OWSD Members can bring their kayaks and enjoy the vast nature surrounding the park area. Kayaking lessons will be given by experienced instructors and you will have an opportunity to paddle board too!