May 18, 2009 to May 22, 2009
Elderhostel Excavations at The Mammoth Site
Elderhostel volunteers excavate new areas of the sinkhole looking for more mammoths (58 currently) and other species of animals which became trapped and died in this sinkhole death trap 26,000 years ago. Elderhostel volunteers and Mammoth Site staff excavate from 8 a.m.-12 noon and 1-5 p.m. during this timeframe. Visitors are able to view first-hand and ask questions of the volunteers and staff while they are excavating, preserving, screen washing and working in the laboratory. Although open year-round this period of time is when visitors can really see and experience a working paleontological site.
The Mammoth Site, Joe Muller
July 15, 2009
Nature Day Camp: Fossil Discovery
Participants become paleontologists for a day and learn about living things from past years. Excitement will the program site as the group uncovers secrets from the past. Participants need to meet at Shelter House #2 at 9:30 a.m.
South Dakota State Parks, Willy Collignon
August 15, 2009
Spend a relaxful evening under the stars in perhaps on of the best astronomy setting in the southern Black Hills. With very little light pollution. Angostura Recreation Area offers the right conditions for the beginning astronomer. Every participants will take a tour of the night sky and learn how to find some common constellations. Bring a pair of Binoculars and prepare yourself for some fascinating stories of long ago. Participants need to meet at Shelter House #2 at 8:30 p.m.
Hot Springs, South Dakota is the town to kick back and relax in. According to legend, the Sioux Indians first discovered the warm mineral springs, which would mark the site of Hot Springs. Early growth of Hot Springs was attributed to the hot mineral springs. In the late 1800’s the population of Hot Springs more than doubled and by 1900 there were two railroads, a college, five public bathhouses and ten hotels.
Even today in Hot Springs, South Dakota the warm water river continues to flow year around and people still collect and drink the healing mineral waters.
Hot Springs, South Dakota population continues to grow slowly in part to the Veterans Administration Center, the State Soldiers Home, Angostura Dam, discovery of uranium and the many tourist attractions including Evans Plunge, plus the close proximity of Wind Cave Park and Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
There are unique restaurants and gift shops, plus great lodging locations through-out Hot Springs, South Dakota for the entire family to enjoy.
Picture your next travel stop in Hot Springs, South Dakota!
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Hot Springs, SD 57747