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Nature photographer Stan Tekiela who will be visiting Outdoor Campus West Saturday.

Tekiela to appear at Outdoor Campus West Saturday

Rapid City’s Outdoor Campus West will host author and nature photographer Stan Tekiela for a presentation on Saturday at 3 p.m.

The focus of this free presentation will be based on Tekiela’s book “Bird Nests” and is tailored for general adult audiences. Tekiela uses humor and photography to explore nature, birds and the outdoors.

For more information on the Outdoor Campus West, call (605) 394-2310 or visit the Outdoor Campus West’s Facebook Page facebook.com/outdoorcampuswest.

Buffalo Roundup set for the end of the month

For the 52nd year, the Buffalo Roundup will be back at Custer State Park Sept. 29 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The 24th annual Arts Festival will be at the park from Sept. 28-Sept. 30.

"Each year the Buffalo Roundup brings 20,000 spectators from around the world to Custer State Park to view the park's 1,300 buffalo and watch the Old West come alive," director of the division of parks and recreation Katie Ceroll said in a release from South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. "To have an arts festival with more than 125 arts and craft exhibitors means that there will be no shortage of entertainment this year for the entire family."

The parking areas for the roundup open at 6:15 a.m. and are located near the corrals along the wildlife loop. The area closes at 9 a.m.

Spectators are asked to remain in viewing areas until all buffalo are corralled which is usually around noon.

"While the Buffalo Roundup's primary purpose is herd management, it also provides our visitors an experience that is unique in the entire world," secretary of the department of tourism Jim Hagen said. "We hear from visitors around the globe about how incredible it is to watch the bison thunder over the rolling prairie. It's something they never forget and provides great storytelling and organic word-of-mouth marketing about our state."

The Arts Festival will go from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

A state park entrance license is required Thursday and Saturday but there is no cost to attend the roundup or arts festival Friday.

Custer State Park to re-open Peter Norbeck Building 

Custer State Park will host the grand re-opening of the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center Sept. 28 in conjunction with the Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival. 

The building previously housed the Custer State Park Visitor Center, and has been renovated to become the new Outdoor Education Center.

"The goal of this building is to inspire more visitors, especially younger visitors, to feel comfortable exploring nature," park superintendent Matt Snyder said in a release. 

The center will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28-29 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30.

Some of the new exhibits include art and digging areas, a mine and outdoor classrooms.

The building is located near the State Game Lodge on Highway 16A in Custer State Park.

Archery deer season set to kick off 

Archery deer season in South Dakota begins Saturday and goes until the end of the year.

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Custer State Park is closed to archery deer hunting.

In the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve only 20 permits were issued, and a free access permit is required to hunt in Newton Hills State Park because of its proximity to Sioux Falls and other populated areas.

2018 park entrance licenses available Oct. 1

On Oct. 1 the 2018 state park entrance licenses will be available for purchase.

They can be purchased online at campsd.com, by calling 1-800-710-2267 or by visiting the nearest park office.

Passes will be good until May 2019 and any license purchased between after Oct. 2016 will still be good until May of next year.

Lone Eagle Campground in Western Nebraska closed for updates

The Lone Eagle Campground outside of Ogallala in Western Nebraska closed Tuesday for campsite upgrades, according to a release from Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The biggest change will be the addition of a wastewater and drinking water system, which will bring RV dump and fill locations to all 84 sites.

In 2013, the Nebraska GPC received a $740,000 appropriation from the Nebraska Legislature to upgrade all 84 camping sites at Lone Eagle to full service accommodations.

An electrical system upgrade and accessibility upgrade was completed in 2014 with $100,000 in additional financial assistance from the Keith County Visitor’s Committee.

The campsite is set to reopen spring of 2018.

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