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Park Rx Encourages South Dakotans to Exercise Outdoors

March 01, 2021

To get more South Dakotans moving, the South Dakota Department of Health, SDSU Extension and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are once again working together to empower healthcare providers to write their patients a prescription for physical activity in any South Dakota state park.

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4-H Outdoor Education & Recreation Project

Do you like to go on adventures outdoors? Do you know how to prepare and be safe in the outdoors? Learn about that and much, much more in the outdoor education and recreation project area.

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4-H Social Recreation Skills Project

Hiking, camping, fishing, and canoeing are just a few things you can do outside to get in touch with nature. The social recreation skills project area enables youth to gain a lifelong appreciation of the outdoors and nature.

male youth bounding over desert rock formations

4-H Leisure Education & Recreation Project

Leisure and recreation activities provide outlets for youth and adults to relax, socialize, and engage in healthy activities. You can investigate topics such as how to find and become involved in recreation activities, how to maintain equipment, and what health and wellness opportunities your community offers.

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4-H Cloverbuds Project

The 4-H Cloverbuds program, specifically designed for children in kindergarten through third grade, appeals to a child’s natural curiosity, enthusiasm for learning, and high energy level.

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4-H Soil & Soil Conservation Project

In this project area, members can investigate the importance of soil to the ecosystem and agriculture production, and explore how human and natural activities impact soil characteristics and health.

rugged ridges of rock and mineral formations at the badlands national park

4-H Geology & Minerals Project

The geology and minerals 4-H project area rocks! Collect and study different rocks, explore large geological structures, make your own crystals, learn the rock cycle, or create jewelry with rocks and minerals.

A young girl harvesting a sweet potato.

Harvest Helpers

At the completion of this lesson, learners will be able to identify root and non-root fruits and vegetables and learn harvesting skills.

A mother and daughter doing pushups.

8 Ways to Get Moving!

For those with barriers to being physically active, here are eight quick ideas to add a little more activity to your week.

young, white-spotted deer standing in the woods

4-H Wildlife & Fisheries Project

In the wildlife and fisheries 4-H project area, youth can discover the ecosystems and animal species around them and gain expertise with fishing. Discover concepts in biology and use that knowledge to conserve wildlife habitats and natural ecosystems or catch and interest in fishing.