Tent races and s’mores — nothing is better than Family Nature Night

Gather your most competitive, outdoorsy family members for the next Family Nature Night.

The family-friendly event will take place 6 p.m. Monday, July 10, in Kenue Park in Okoboji and will focus on camping skills, with a little friendly competition thrown in.

“We’ll set up an entire tournament of tent races,” said Kiley Roth, Dickinson County Conservation community relations coordinator. “Families will go against each other to see who can put up a tent the fastest, so bring the ringers in your family. The family that wins will get a special prize.”

When not pitching a tent, try your hand at casting and try to reel in a faux fish which will garner the talented fisherman a prize. All ages will also enjoy creating a camping-themed craft to take home.

At the end of the night, gather around the fire rings in Kenue Park to make s’mores and tell stories around the campfire.

“At the conservation board we stress the importance of getting outside as well as creating memories as a family, so Family Nature Night is the perfect place to do both,” Roth said.

For the event, park in Kenue Park near the Westport Schoolhouse. Pre-registration is not necessary for this free monthly event.

Family Nature Nights will culminate with a Disc Golf Challenge Monday, Aug. 14, at the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course in Kenue Park, which is also home to the Dickinson County Nature Center. Learn basic disc golf throws and rules of the game, then try your hand at the fast-growing sport on the 18-hole professional level disc golf course.

“We are excited to be able to offer a fun free night for families to come enjoy Kenue Park,” said environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman. “There should be something for every age group.”

For more information on Family Nature Night or other year-round Dickinson County Conservation Board programming, call 712-336-6352. You can also keep up with the latest happenings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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