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South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks: Educational Event Management

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Learn to scout, hunt, shoot, harvest, process and cook wild game. 

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Each learn to hunt class builds confidence in novice hunters and allows them to advance their skillsets towards becoming an independent hunter. Starting with scouting and finding places to hunt, students begin to lay the foundation for how they could plan a hunting experience in the field. From there, our instructors provide instruction in necessary gear, licenses, and skills needed to harvest the species of choice. From there, students learn how to successfully and ethically harvest the species of their choice, process the meat to prepare it for cooking, and finally cook their harvested wild game. 
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South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks

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Interested in learning how to shoot your shotgun, rifle, bow or bow? Join us in our Shooting Sports series. 

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These classes will give you the opportunity to practice wing-shooting in preparation for upland game bird hunting, will teach you how to care for your firearms so they last a lifetime, how to sight in your rifle or bow,  how to take ethical shots while hunting, and how to enjoy recreational shooting on your own. 
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South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks

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Learn basics of fishing, from gear, bait, species identification and processes.

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These classes will begin with an introduction to the type of fishing you will be learning: fly fishing, ice fishing, shore fishing etc..  You will be introduced to your equipment and how to prepare for a fishing trip.  Once a basic foundation is set you will be able to practice your fishing techniques, identifying your catch, cleaning your catch and cooking your fish.  Classes will include understanding fishing regulations and ethics of fishing.
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Learn how to kayak/canoe, cook in the outdoors, cross-country ski, snowshoe, and survive in the wilderness.

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These courses introduce folks to practical skills for enjoying South Dakota’s landscape.  Classes include kayak and canoe classes on flat and moving bodies of water, skills for how to start a fire and cook on an open fire, and skills for wilderness survival.  During the winter months, these courses also include snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. 
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Learn about habitat, native plant and animal species, wildlife management, and other conservation practices. 

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These courses offer the opportunity for the public to learn about South Dakota and its environment.  Learn about the specific aquatic and terrestrial habitats found in South Dakota and how native species are adapted for the climate.  Learn about native grasses, trees, or forbs and how they are quintessential to life here.  Classes also include understanding wildlife management and best practices when it comes to conservation. 
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These free certifications provide participants with an opportunity to become a certified Game, Fish and parks instructor in one of our 5 certified content areas. 

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National Archery in the Schools Program provides school district employees with an opportunity to learn how to teach archery to students in a fun, safe, and educational environment. Once certified, schools with certified teachers are eligible to receive a free introductory NASP equipment kit paid for by the Department of Game, Fish and Parks which includes Genesis bows, arrows, quivers, a back-stop curtain, and targets. Students who participate in NASP are invited to compete in 2 state-wide tournaments annually. 
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This class series is for novice trappers interested in learning how to use baits, lures, and live traps to harvest predators and varmints.

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Students will engage in a comprehensive series of classes that will teach them the best trap, bait, lure, and trap set for each target species. Students will leave the class with an understanding of how to find the best location to set traps, what tools and resources are necessary to be successful, and what their options are once an animal has been captured. 
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South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks

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These free certifications provide participants with an opportunity to become a certified Game, Fish and parks instructor in one of our 5 certified content areas. 

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  • Traditional HuntSAFE: Members of the public with an interest in teaching all ages of novice hunters and recreational shooters can become traditional HuntSAFE instructors. Once certified, instructors must work collaboratively with local Conservation Officers to provide in-person instruction. Traditional HuntSAFE instructors can also provide support during field day opportunities and HuntSAFe in the Schools classes occurring within the school district in order to maintain their certifications.
  • HuntSAFE in the Schools: School district employees (Phy. Ed., science, conservation etc... teacher) certified in HuntSAFE in the Schools are able to offer the HuntSAFE curriculum to students grades 6-12 during the school day. Class standards align with curriculum requirements and provide students with a unique opportunity to satisfy their HuntSAFE certification without the competition of after-school activities. 
    • This is an excellent opportunity for scholastic shooting sports coaches who require their participants to be HuntSAFE certified to participate on the team. 

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South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks

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These free certifications provide participants with an opportunity to become a certified Game, Fish and parks instructor in one of our 5 certified content areas. 

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The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks’ official learn to fish curriculum built for the classroom.  This program offers teachers the opportunity to be trained so that they can utilize this curriculum and resources available.  The training includes information on how to fish, clean fish, safety while fishing, and knowledge on types of gear.  The training is hands-on and the curriculum is tailored to  meet middle and high school level standards.  Once certified you will be provided curriculum and supplies necessary to engage students in learning both outside and indoors. 
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South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks

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These free certifications provide participants with an opportunity to become a certified Game, Fish and parks instructor in one of our 5 certified content areas. 

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An Association of Fish and Wildlife Agency sponsored curriculum that provides the public with the opportunity to be certified to teach and utilize the Project Wild Curriculum.  This curriculum is only available through this training and covers k-12 educational standards for ecology based science.
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South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks

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These free certifications provide participants with an opportunity to become a certified Game, Fish and parks instructor in one of our 5 certified content areas. 

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Environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.  PLT helps develop students’ awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the environment, builds their skills and ability to make informed decisions and encourages them to take personal responsibility for sustaining the environment.  Once certified you will be provided curriculum and supplies necessary to engage children in learning both outside and indoors.  
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