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Essay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 1-4

Advertisements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 5-6 Cultural Resource Advertisement . . . . . . . . . pg 5 Seasonal Advertisements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 5 Magazine Advertisement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 6

Brochures . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 7-14 Rock Climbing Brochure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 7-8 Horse Trails Brochure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 9-10 Disc Golf Brochure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 11-12 Adams Homestead Brochure . . . . . . . . . . pg 13-14

Digest Article . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 15-16 Ft. Sisseton Sign . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 17-18

Junior Naturalist . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 19-20

Passport Challenge . . . . . . . . . . pg 23-24 Oahe Downstream . . . . . . . . . . pg 21-22 Photo Trip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 26-27 Magnet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 28 Mousepad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 29 SDPRA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 30-31 T- Shirts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 32-33 Volunteer T-Shirts . . . . . . . . . . . pg 34-35

ESSAY A Summer of Public Relations

For the summer, I was employed by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks.

Within this department I worked for the Division of Parks and Recreation doing public relations. My work primarily focused on promoting South Dakota’s state parks to the public by creating various marketing materials.

This was my second internship. In the summer of 2011, I interned at the Aberdeen American

News. At this internship I did the typical job roles of a reporter. I interviewed sources, researched topics and prepared articles for publication.

Working at the American News was an enjoyable experience, but I knew I wanted to try

something different for my second internship. I’ve always been interested in public relations and I’ve recently become interested in design. Because of these two interests I knew the Game, Fish and Parks public relations internship would be a good fit for me.

I applied for the internship via South Dakota’s Department of Labor website. I actually

submitted two applications to the Game, Fish and Parks for public relations. One was for employment at the Pierre office and the other for Sioux Falls’ Outdoor Campus. After two phone interviews with the Pierre office and submitting some of my design work, I was chosen for that position over two other applicants.

So a summer in Pierre it was. Less than a week after finishing my spring final exams I was

moved to Pierre and starting my new job. The Parks and Recreation Division is housed on the second floor of the Joe Foss building. This building is along Capitol Avenue, so I was able to enjoy


the view of our state capitol throughout the summer. In fact, a few lunch breaks were

even spent along the capitol’s lake.

While many other employees for the Parks and Recreation spend their weekends working

in the state parks, my hours were Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. During my work hours I could be found 90% of the time in my second floor cubicle. My work week would begin with a staff meeting on Monday. During these meetings the Parks and Recreation employees would report to the division’s Director, Doug Hofer, our tasks for the week. The rest of my week would be spent using InDesign, Photoshop, or Illustrator to complete my tasks.

A majority of my internship was spent on design projects. Through out my internship

I created various marketing materials for the state parks. These materials included brochures, advertisements, posters and logos. While I did use Photoshop and Illustrator for some things, most of my designs were completed using InDesign.

Because my internship emphasized a great deal on designing, that is what I learned

the most about. I was able to gain experience in design that I could not have gained from the classroom setting. An example of this is that I learned how to design from the input of others. All designs that I had previously done before my internship were based off of my own ideas, but for this internship I had to be able to design based on the ideas and comments of others.

I learned more about the design process – from the initial idea, to the brainstorming, to the

designing and editing, to the printing. Most of the designs I worked on will be printed at some time so I had to design with that in mind. My co-worker Brooke showed me how to properly set up an InDesign document for print. This included bleeds, using CMYK colors, and properly embedding images or graphics that were used. Getting the document specifications correctly set for printing before I began to design saved me from hasseling with last-minute changes due to improper set-up.

I also created designs that were used as graphics on t-shirts or prizes. I learned


that these designs need to be handled differently than those that are used for print. When a design is used as a graphic most places will require the design to be vectorized. I still created the designs using InDesign, but would than open the exported InDesign file into Illustrator to vectorize the graphic there. I also learned that designs being used as graphics should have no effects and are typically only one color.

Correlating multiple designs for the same program was also another thing I learned the

importance of. An example of this would be my designs for the Fitness Passport Challenge, Junior Naturalist program, and for the South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association. Keeping a consistent color theme, fonts, and logo can really give a program a rememberable “look”.

Speaking of a rememberable look, something I learned a great deal about this summer was

advertising. Prior to this internship I had no experience with advertising. However advertising plays such an important role in public relations. In fact, the whole concept of public relations and design is based around advertising. It’s about informing the public and in order to do this their attention needs to be caught. Whether it was a clever brochure design or an eye-appealing poster, I was advertising something with every project I worked on.

During my internship I worked on two major advertising campaigns. The first one was

for cultural resources. I designed a newspaper print advertisement and wrote a radio ad for this campaign. The second advertising campaign I worked on was to encourage the public to visit the parks through out the year. For this campaign I created two newspaper advertisements for fall and winter park use. These advertising campaigns got me thinking about the target audiences and how they could be best reached.

Another area I was able to gain more experience with was magazine writing. As I stated

before, I have worked a lot with news writing. This type of writing is very different than magazine


writing. News writing often doesn’t allow a lot of room for creativity due to the short

amount of time it’s worked on, but writing an article for the Conservation Digest did. For this article, I interviewed Carol Valland because she completed the Fitness Passport challenge. Writing this article and getting advice from co-worker Emilie allowed me to advance my skills for writing a profile.

This summer I was also able to represent South Dakota’s State Parks. The first way I was

able to represent the department was through a trip to Lake Thompson, Lake Poinsett, and Oakwood Lakes. On this trip I took photos that will be used for various state park publications and advertisements. The other thing I was able to get out of the office for was an Outdoor University event in Sioux Falls.

Overall, I thought I was well prepared for this internship. My skill set seemed to match

what they were looking for and my supervisor Lynn was very pleased with all of the work I completed for them. Lynn mentioned that past interns have struggled with the job and I think this is because either their skill level didn’t match what was expected or they lacked self-motivation.

For this internship I had to be very motivated and think logically about what projects

needed to be done at certain times. When I first started my internship in May, Lynn was still on maternity leave. Because of this I had to figure out a lot of things on my own. I was basically given a list of projects that Lynn wanted to get accomplished throughout my internship and left to it. For a majority of the projects, I had to set my own deadlines. I believe I worked well in this kind of setting and with this amount of independence.

I can proudly say that I left this internship with all projects completed and a job offer. The

division is keeping me on contract through the school year and I will be writing articles for the Conservation Digest. I also may be doing some design projects if Brooke gets swamped. I left this internship with a positive outlook on Public Relations. I really enjoyed being able to design and I hope to go into a career with design some day.


Advertisements Cultural Resource Advertisement This advertisement was designed as part of an advertising campaign to make citizens aware of federal laws for cultural resources. This ad was created for newspaper. I designed it using InDesign. The graphics came from a free site and the font is from I also wrote a radio ad to compliment this advertisement.

preserve and protect

The removal of artifacts from federal property is in violation of the Archaeological Resource Protection Act. If you find an artifact, leave it in place and contact the nearest state park, recreation area or 1-866-667-9473. Be able to give accurate information on where the item or items have been located.

Please, help protect our cultural resources SD Department of Game, Fish and Parks

Fall Advertisement

This advertisement was designed as part of an annual advertising campaign for the state parks. I designed this newspaper advertisement to bring interest to the parks in fall months. I used InDesign to design it. The photo was previously taken by a parks employee. I didn’t use much for graphics because I thought the fun fonts were enough.

Winter Advertisement This advertisement was also designed for the annual advertising campaign for the state parks. I created the design using InDesign. I downloaded the winter font from The image used in this advertisement was a photo taken by me prior to this internship.


Magazine Advertisement

I designed this advertisement towards the last week of my internship. It will be featured in a camping magazine. I found the wood background free online and edited it in Photoshop to add some effects. The images used are from SD Tourism. The state graphic was made in Photoshop using an outline that was already on my work computer. The overall layout of this advertisement was completed in InDesign,

e r o l p Ex South Dakota state parks

Discover the beauty and wonder of nature with a visit to the parks. Or stay a while by living and working in the state parks as a volunteer. West Pollock

Liewellyn Johns

Sica Hollow Roy Lake Fort Sisseton Pickerel Lake

Lake Hiddenwood


Richmond Lake

Indian Creek

Little Moreau

Swan Creek

Hartford Beach

Mina Lake

West Whitlock

Sandy Shore Pelican Lake

Fisher Grove Okobojo Point Cow Creek

Rocky Point

Oahe Downstream

Reservations: 1.800.710.CAMP Information: 605.773.3391

Bear Butte

Lake Cochrane

Lake Louise

Farm Island

Lake Poinsett Oakwood Lakes

West Bend

Lake Thompson Lake Herman

George S. Mickelson Trail Custer Angostura

Walker’s Point Palisades

Buryanek Burke Lake

Snake Creek

Lake Vermillion

Platte Creek North Wheeler Pease Creek

North Point Randall Creek Springfield Lewis & Clark Pierson Ranch

Big Sioux Blood Run Lake Alvin Newton Hills Union Grove Chief White Crane


Brochures outside

Climbing E t iquette

Climbers are a small percentage of the park visitors, but their impact can be high because of the visibility of their activity. Take responsibility for your actions and follow these suggestions to make recreation at Palisades enjoyable for everyone.


Do not rig anchors or stretch webbing across trails. It is unsafe and unnecessary.

Group Outings

A ratio of 1 leader to 6 climbers is recommended; 1 to 4 is better if the climbers are beginners. If you plan to bring a large group to climb, be courteous and notify the park in advance.


It is not good form, and it is unfair for anyone to monopolize routes when not climbing them. If you’ve set up a climb, other climbers will be happy to share routes and ropes with you. If you decide to climb on a rope you didn’t set, ask permission and check the anchors yourself. Experienced climbers will expect you to check their anchors.


Carry out everything you bring in. Be helpful by picking up litter that is not yours.

Palisades State Park

...a unique climbing experience

The Rock

The Sioux Quartzite exposed at Palisades is a smooth, dense rock with unique climbing features. The surface conditions range from slightly gritty on fresh surfaces to glacierpolished and lichen covered. The rock offers a mixture of face and crack climbs.

Preserving the Palisades

• Be sure to support the park by purchasing a park entrance license on arrival. If the entrance station is closed, you must self-register with the envelopes provided. • Use established trails to avoid trampling vegetation and soil erosion. • Cutting, trimming, pulling or otherwise removing vegetation and trees is prohibited. • The use of climbing chalk is a personal decision. Use only as much as you need. A chalk ball prevents spills and delivers a controlled amount. • Fixed protection, drilling, bolting and rock alteration (chipping) are strictly prohibited. There are a few fixed pieces left at Palisades from past times. These should be left alone.

For additional information contact:

Palisades State Park 25495 485th Avenue Garretson, SD 57030 (605) 594-3824 S.D. Department of Game, Fish and Parks Divison of Parks and Recreation 523 E. Capitol Avenue Pierre, SD 57501 (605) 773-3391 Photos by South Dakota Tourism. 2,500 copies of this brochure were printed at a cost of ___ each. 2012.




Safety and E t iquette

Palisades State Park

Rock Climbing Brochure

This brochure was made for rock climbing at Palisades State Park. There is an old brochure that is currently being used, but they wanted a new look. This is one of my favorite brochure designs from my internship. I created it using InDesign. I picked a fun color theme and created an appealing look using varying lines and shapes with InDesign’s rectangle shape tool. The photos are from South Dakota’s Tourism. The fonts I used are free fonts from


Climbing Safety Rock climbing is a risk-oriented activity. While novices view injuries as random and uncontrollable events, experienced climbers know that climbing accidents are usually the result of failure to use safety climbing procedures. New climbers should get instruction in safety procedures and in the use of equipment from a qualified teacher. Climbing technique can then be learned and improved under safe conditions. Equipment cannot replace good judgment, training and experience.


Report all accidents to the staff at the entrance station. If the station is unattended, dial 911.


Climbers can walk to the top and bottom of many of the climbs in the park, while others require anchoring at the top, lowering to the base of the climb and belaying from above.


Top-rope anchor possibilities vary at Palisades. Some climbs have trees available and these should be avoided or used with care to avoid damage to the trees. Some large boulders can be slung with webbing, but most climbs require anchors built with

webbing and nuts or cams. Building a safe top-rope anchor requires technical skill. Get instruction from someone who is qualified. Tie yourself into an anchor while rigging at the top of a climb. If you see an unsafe top-rope anchor, you SHOULD tell the responsible party about it.


Know how to belay. Know your belayer’s skill and trustworthiness before you climb. Never let go of the rope with your brake hand. Set up a separate anchor for the belayer on all climbs that are belayed from above. Pay attention to the climber you are belaying at all times.

Lead Climbing

Some of the climbs may be led, but experience and care are required. The climbs are short with the attendant risk of ground fall. The low-friction rock does not provide reliable traction for camming devices.

Palisades State Park Trail Map Wounded Noggin

Balancing Rock Trail

North Wall

Rattlesnake Rock Swingset Cove King & Queen Rock Balancing Rock

Harkor Tower Balancing Rock Trail

South Wall Trail Chockstone South Wall Tower



Disc Golf Brochure

This brochure was one of the first projects I worked on at my internship. The state parks needed more disc golf brochures and Lynn wanted a new look for them. We took a trip out to the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area and I took photos of the kids playing disc golf. All images used in the design of this brochure were photos I took from that. I created the brochure using InDesign. The graphics and fonts were free from the internet.


How to play

Disc golf is played like ball golf using a flying disc.

Tee off: Tee throws must be released from within the designated tee area. Throwing order: After teeing off, the player whose disc is farthest from the hole always throws first. The player with the lowest score from the previous hole is the first to tee off on the next hole. Lie: The spot where the disc lands. Fairway throws: Must be made from the lie. Score: One point is counted each time the disc is thrown. Putt: Within 10 yards of the target, a player may not step past the lie when attempting a throw. Completion of hole: The hole is complete when the disc is in the basket or supported by the chains. Out of bounds: A throw that lands out of bounds must be played from the point where the disc went out. Add one point to your score. Winning: The winner is the person with the lowest score after completing the course.

Get Prizes!

Through our partnership with Kids in Parks TRACK trail program, kids can earn prizes when they play disc golf in South Dakota state parks.

Register your rounds... Earn Prizes:

1 Round: Golf Disc 2 Rounds: Mini-Disc 3 Rounds: Bag-Tag Our disc golf courses are part of a growing national network of Nature Trail Disc Golf Courses designed for kids and families. Each course has a series of scorecards players can use to connect with and learn about nature during their round.


Register online at to track the completed rounds.

Courtesy: Wait to throw until other players or park users are out of range. Help protect natural areas by picking up litter.

The only equipment you need to play disc golf is a flying disc. While any disc can be used to play, some are designed specifically for the sport.


2,500 copies were printed at a cost of $.16 each. 2012.

Disc Golf

in SD state parks . get outdoors .

. be active .


Disc Golf in SD state parks

Disc golf is a growing sport enjoyed by all ages and abilities. It is played much like regular golf, with the goal of getting the disc into the “hole� (the basket) in the fewest number of throws. The rules are simple, tee times and green fees are non-existent and people of limited physical abilities can play. The game can be as competitive or non- competitive as you wish.

No Disc? No Problem!

Roy Lake Richmond Lake

Lake Louise Oahe Downstream

Hartford Beach

Lake Poinsett Oakwood Lakes Lake Herman Big Sioux

Angostura Randall Creek Lewis & Clark

For more information about the South Dakota state parks, visit state-parks/ or call (605)773-3391. For camping reservations, visit www. or call 1-800-710-CAMP.

All parks with a disc golf course have discs that you can borrow free of charge from the park entrance booth.

Where to Play

Disc golf courses are located in twelve South Dakota state parks. There is no cost to play on any of the state park courses as long as you have a valid park entrance license. Contact the individual park for more information on its disc golf course. Try out the disc golf courses at the following state parks: Angostura Recreation Area Big Sioux Recreation Area Hartford Beach State Park Lake Herman State Park Lake Louise Recreation Area Lake Poinsett State Park Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Oahe Downstream Recreation Area Oakwood Lakes State Park Randall Creek Recreation Area Richmond Lake Recreation Area Roy Lake State Park


Horse Trail Brochure

For this Horse Trail Brochure I used InDesign and Photoshop. The South Dakota map, as well as the textured brown strips, were created in Photoshop. I’m really happy with how this design turned out because for awhile I was struggling trying to fit all of the information in the inside. I finally moved the quote and map up to the top with the textured brown behind it and thought it looked great. The telephone and horse graphics were free dingbats from my go-to-site, dafont.


Richmond Lake Recreation Area

10 miles northwest of Aberdeen off US 281 605-626-3488 • Three miles of natural trail. • Trail leads riders through a wooded area and along Richmond Lake.

Shadehill Recreation Area

14 miles S of Lemmon off SD 73 605-374-5114

a day on the trail . . . . . . a night under the stars After a day exploring a new trail, nothing beats sitting back and relaxing by the fire. To make your reservations at one of the horse camps in South Dakota state parks, visit or call 1-800-710-CAMP.

• More than 6,000 acres of state park land and National Grasslands to explore. • No marked trails, only wide open spaces. • Horses are allowed to be kept at Hugh Glass Lakeside Use Area, but no facilities are provided. The primitive campground is first come, first-serve and water is available.

Sica Hollow State Park

15 miles NW of Sisseton off SD 10 605-448-5701 • 15 miles of marked trail; several junctions allow the rider to customize route. • Trail guides riders through 900 acres of woodland, open prairie, ravines and creek crossings; several rim points give riders a scenic overlook of the entire Hollow. • Horse camp with primitive sites, water and corrals. Available by reservation only, please call the park office.

Before planning to ride, please be aware of the current feed and inspection requirements. Contact the S.D. State Brand Board at 605-773-3324 for more information.

Horse Trails in South Dakota State Parks

• Over four miles of marked trails lead riders through 150 acres of rolling hills covered with lush native plants. • Horse camp with electrical sites, water and corrals. Reservations available.

S.D. Divison of Parks and Recreation 523 E. Capitol Avenue Pierre, SD 57501-3182 Phone: 605-773-3391 Website: 5,000 copies of this brochure were printed at a cost of $.12 each. 2012.


Photo by SD Tourism

Union Grove State Park

11 miles S of Beresford off I-29 605-987-2263

S.D. Department of Game, Fish and Parks Division of Parks and Recreation



Sica Hollow


Richmond Lake


i Oakwood Lakes i

Pelican Lake

iBear Butte iMickelson Trail i Custer

Newton Hills Pease Creek


Lewis & Clark

Union Grove

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In South every rock experience, trails

Dakota, an Old West adventure awaits behind and around every turn. But for a real outdoor saddle up and hit the trail at one of the horse found in these South Dakota state parks.


George S. Mickelson Trail

Bear Butte State Park

6 miles NE of Sturgis off SD 79 (605) 347-5240 • Horseback riding allowed west of Highway 79 only. • Connects to the Centennial Trail, which leads riders through the Black Hills. • Horse camps with primitive sites, water and corral. Reservations available.

Custer State Park


4 miles E of Custer off US 16A (605) 255-4515 • 71,000 acres of pine-covered mountains and rolling prairie foothills. Most of the park is open to horse back riding. Check in advance for any closures. • Marked trails begin and end at French Creek Horse Camp. Riders may also choose to blaze their own trails. • French Creek Horse Camp has 23 campsites with electricity, 3 camper cabins, a modern comfort station, water and corrals. Vault toilets are available for year round use. Reservations required. • Concessionare at the Blue Bell Lodge provides rentals and trail rides. • Information: (605) 255-4531.

In the Black Hills, runs Edgemont to Deadwood (605) 584-3896 • 109 miles of crushed limestone and gravel; runs through the heart of the Black Hills. • Multi-use trail, used primarily by hikers and bikers. Yield system in place. • Please note: Horseback riding on a wet trail can severely damage the trail. Please call the trail office for conditions before planning to ride the Mickelson Trail.

Lewis & Clark Recreation Area

6 miles W of Yankton off SD 52 (605) 668-2985 • 4.1 miles of marked trail provide riders with spectacular views of the chalkbluffs that help form Lewis and Clark Lake. • Multi-use trail, also used by hikers and bikers. Yield system in place. • Horse camp with electrical sites, bathrooms with showers, water and corrals. Reservations available.

Newton Hills State Park

6 miles S of Canton off US 18 (605) 987-2263 • Six miles of marked trail meander through 200 acres of deep woods. • Multi-use trail, also used by hikers and bikers. Yield system in place. • Horse camp with electrical sites, water and corrals. Reservations available.

Oakwood Lakes State Park

7 miles N and 3 miles W of Volga off US 14 (605) 627-5441 • Over 2.5 miles of trail winds around the peninsulas created by eight natural lakes. • Multi-use trail, also used by hikers and bikers. Yield system in place. • Horse camp with primitive sites, water, hitching • posts and corrals. Reservations available.

Pease Creek Recreation Area

11 miles W of Lake Andes off SD 1804 (605) 487-7046 • Three miles of marked trail lead through wooded areas and offers scenic views of the Missouri River. • Multi-use trail, also used by hikers and bikers. Yield system in place. • Horse camp with primitive camping, water, corrals, and vault toilets. Reservations available.

Pelican Lake Recreation Area

9 miles SW of Watertown off US Hwy 212 (605) 882-5200 • 5.2 miles of natural trail wind through prairie grasses and lakeshore shelterbelts. • Multi-use trail, also used by hikers and bikers Yield system in place. • Horse camp with electrical sites, water, and corrals. Reservations available.


Adams Homestead Brochure

This Adams Homestead Brochure design was a much needed update. The old design was made using Quark and was only black and white. I thought this color scheme gave the brochure a great look, ecspecially for a nature preserve’s brochure. I used both InDesign and Photoshop. The brochure itself was created using InDesign, but the map was created in Photoshop. The old map was very hard to read and I updated it with a unique, but easy to read font.



1,500 acres 10 miles of hiking and bicycle trails 5.5 miles of primitive grass trails Visitor center and interpretive displays Historic Lamont Country School Historic Stavanger Lutheran Church Shay/Adams House Wildlife viewing blinds Group picnic shelter

South Dakota’s





NATURE The Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve provides an important “green space” in the midst of a rapidly-growing residential area. As you wander along the trails, be sure to keep your eyes open for mammals that call the area home. And don’t forget to look up, as nearly 100 different species of birds have been identified in this region. A bird watcher’s checklist is available at the visitor center. In addition to animals, many of the region’s native plants can be found along the trails and riverbeds that criss-cross this area. One plant you will want to look out for is poison ivy! This plant is easilyrecognized by its three-part compound head and cluster of white berries.


A fund has been established to secure a viable future for this 1,500-acre nature park and historic site. The endowment will ensure the park is maintained and protected for the next 100 years in the same caring manner in which the Adams family tended it during the first 100 years. The endowment fund was the vision of Andrea and Norman Waite Jr., who also made the first donation to the fund. The S.D. Parks and Wildlife Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to park development and wildlife preservation, together with the Adams Nature Preserve Advisory Board, are spearheading and managing the endowment. Contributions should be addressed to the Foundation and earmarked for the Adams Endowment. For more information contact: Parks and Wildlife Foundation 523 E. Capitol Ave. Pierre, SD 57501-3182 (605) 773-4503

South Dakota Department of Game Fish and Parks

ABOUT THE PARK The Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve is a 1,500-acre park in the Missouri River basin. The homestead was established in 1872 by Stephen Searls Adams and includes the family’s farmhouse, a historic barn, a log cabin, the Lamont Country School and Stavenger Lutheran Church. It also includes interpretive exhibits, more than 10 miles of biking and hiking trails and plenty of opportunities to view native plants and wildlife. The Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve is located near North Sioux City, in the heart of South Dakota’s fastest-growing region. Travelers can reach the park by leaving Interstate 29 at Exit 4 and driving one mile west and one-half mile south.


Stephen Searls Adams left the eastern United States in 1872 and came to Dakota Territory in search of a new home and a new way of life. He purchased Civil War soldiers’ homesteading rights through the Homestead Act and he settled on a fertile tract of farmland along the mighty Missouri River. More than 120 years later, in 1984, Stephen’s granddaughters, Mary and Maud Adams, decided to donated the 1,500-acre homestead to the people of South Dakota. They envisioned a place where others, especially young people, could enjoy the area and learn more about the natural world surrounding them. They also envisioned a place where people could learn more about their prairie past. As the sisters put it, “The Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve is a place for inner renewal.”


The Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve is open year-round. Hours are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. May 1 through September 30; and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. the remainder of the year. The visitor center is open year-round on weekdays, and is also open on weekends during the summer months. Please call the park for the current schedule.



More than 10 miles of crushed limestone trails allow hikers and bikers to explore the area and learn more about the land’s history and geography. The 8-foot wide trails are easily accessible to people of all ages and abilities and the gentle slopes rarely exceed a three percent grade. Guided golf cart tours are available by reservation for visitors with physical limitations. In addition, 5.5 miles of primitive paths take adventures through the timber.

THE HOMESTEAD TRAIL The Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve features a series of restored historical buildings. These interesting sites can be seen along the Homestead Trail. Lamont Country Schoolhouse Stavenger Lutheran Church Shay-Adams Home Brusseau Log Cabin

River Loop - 6 miles Lake Loop - 4.7 miles North Loop - 3.1 miles South Loop - 2.6 miles

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Adams Homestead & Nature Preserve 272 Westshore Drive, North Sioux City, SD 57049 (605) 232-0873


Digest Article

Around the State

in 40 Days



by Talisa Wager Public Relations Intern for the South Dakota State Parks

rom the wide-open spaces of the Dakota prairie to the pine-covered peaks of the Black Hills, Carol Valland of Pierre has seen it all. In May, Carol set off on an adventure to visit as many Game, Fish and Parks areas across the state as possible. Why? Because it was a challenge. The new Fitness Passport Challenge to be exact. The Fitness Passport Challenge kicked off May 18, which was State Parks’ Open House and Free Fishing Weekend in South Dakota. The program, a partnership between the Game, Fish and Parks and Sanford Health, is an effort to get families outside and healthy. The game is centered on getting a stamp in your passport book from every area. Visitors to state parks, recreation areas, sh hatcheries and The Outdoor Campuses can have their passport book stamped in an effort to receive prizes. Prizes are given for visiting 10, 25, 45, and 65+ areas. Carol visited 65 areas within six weeks. She was the rst to complete the challenge. “It was a lot of fun seeing all of the different parks and discovering parks that I didn’t even know existed,” Carol said about her experience. “There are a number of parks that I anticipate visiting again now that I know they are there.” Carol’s Fitness Passport Challenge adventure rst began with her husband, Steve. “My husband and I enjoy camping so we started out just wanting to check out the different campgrounds,” she said. “After visiting a few of the different parks, it peaked my in12


terest to see them all.” So, with passport book in hand, Carol started her journey to visit all of the areas. Her travels to central and southeastern South Dakota were made with her husband. When she traveled to western South Dakota, her visits were made with her sister, Carla. The times she was unable to have someone accompany her, she would make a day trip to some of the areas by herself. Her travels for the challenge easily t into her already planned schedule. “I just happened to be in the area for a lot of these with two weddings and our wedding anniversary,” she said. “And other times I just went for a day’s drive.” The only two areas in the passport book Carol wasn’t able to get to were LaFramboise Island in Pierre, which was nishing reconstruction due to damage from the 2011 Missouri River ood, and Big Stone Island near Hartford Beach State Park, which is only accessible by boat. While at the parks, Carol took part in a variety of outdoor activities. The Fitness Passport Challenge was established to expose folks to the different Game, Fish and Parks areas, but it was also created to encourage people to be physically active while enjoying

This was my only writing done throughout the internship. The design for this was not done by me, but by the Conservation Digest’s author Adam Oswald. This is a profile article on Carol Valland. She was the first to complete the department’s Fitness Passport Challenge, traveling around the state in 40 days. It was really interesting to hear her point of view on the parks because she has visited them all. The only thing that could’ve made this better was photos. Unfortunately, her photos were not high enough quality and due to a medical issue we were unable to take photos of her.

nature. The passport books make this easier to do by listing the activities each area has to offer, as well as including fun tips for being active and staying t. “Many of the parks offer a variety of fun activities,” Carol said. “We especially like biking, walking, boating, and taking pictures of the wildlife and scenery.” Other activities at the state parks include archery, basketball, canoeing, disc golf, shing, horseback riding, horseshoes, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, and volleyball. In the winter, several parks offer snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Carol’s newest interest is bird watching, but as long as she’s outside, she’s happy doing most anything. “I love a variety of outdoor activities,” she said. “When the weather is nice, I try to take advantage of any opportunity to be outside in the sunshine and appreciate the natural surroundings.” Of the 65 areas Carol visited in just six weeks, her favorites were two well-known parks: Oakwood Lakes and Newton Hills; and two hidden gems: Lake Hiddenwood and Shadehill. She said they all

had great scenery for pictures, wonderful beaches for swimming, and nice roads for biking. Even though she has her favorites, she said every stop along the journey was an enjoyable one. “I appreciated seeing what each unique location had to offer with their different outdoor activities and their beautiful natural surroundings,” she said. Carol’s journey to 65 destinations was a great experience, she said. While many memories were made along the way, her fondest memories made were of her travels with her husband and sister. When it comes to enjoying nature, camping or just meeting up with family and friends, Carol nds the parks to be her top choice for fun. “The parks are a great option as a meeting place to get together with family and friends to enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, swimming, biking, or just getting together for a cookout,” she said. Along her journey, Carol earned a water bottle, a t-shirt, and a sweatshirt, all with the Fitness Passport Challenge logo. As her prize for completing the entire challenge, she selected a backpack, which is likely already packed for her next trip.

When you’re ready to take the challenge, pick up a passport book at any state park or GFP ofce, or email to request a copy.




Fort Sisseton Sign This sign was a project I worked on throughout the summer. I created the map using InDesign. I first created a different map than the one currently in use. We printed the first map out on paper and sent it up to Fort Sisseton State Park to test it out during the park’s main summer event, the Fort Sisseton Historical Festival. The map receieved many compliments, but there was one change to be made. If you notice on this map the North arrow is pointing down. The first map was designed as if a person was looking North. However, when actually looking at the map in person you are facing South. In order to make it less confusing I reoriented the map for the South direction.



Junior Naturalist The Junior Naturalist program had some major changes made to it this year and with that came new program sheets, prizes and posters to be designed. All designs for the new program were created by me. I created the logo using InDesign and fonts from The bugs used on the logo are also from This logo is printed on the prizes that participants can earn. I also used the logo when I created the poster displayed on the next page. I really like how this poster turned out. It was created using InDesign. I think the fun colors and photos will grab the attention of the targeted audience. For this program, I also created the program sheets and certificates.




Ages 7-18 can participate. Attend programs, be active, visit parks, and volunteer. Explore nature while learning more about South Dakota’s culture.


Naturalist ! Parks ame, Fish and G a ot ak D th Sou

Level One

Attend five Game, Fish and Parks programs and do three healthy recreational activities.


Level Two

Earn a Junior Naturalist Badge.

Attend five additional Game, Fish and Parks programs and do three additional healthy recreational activities. OR Visit five different Game Fish and Parks areas and complete five hours of volunteer service at any Game, Fish and Parks location where opportunities exist.


Earn a Game, Fish and Parks sleeping bag.

Level Three

Create a nature program and present it to the public. OR Create and/or help to complete a project in a Game, Fish and Parks area with the help of a Game, Fish and Parks employee, where opportunities exist. Minimum of 15 hours.


Earn a choice of: snowshoes, fishing pole and tackbox, disc golf set or binoculars.


Oahe Downstream These are some informational designs for Oahe Downstream Recreation Area I designed. I created all of these designs using InDesign. The Save Our Sod is my favorite from this project. The grass is a free graphic from the Internet. I than added the face using shapes in InDesign. The Oahe Downstream’s Swim Beach Rule handout also features graphics from the internet as well.

Save Our Sod S.O.S!

Please help us rescue the grass by NOT parking on it * Please park in an open parking lot or park your vehicle side by side on your camping pad. Thanks for your help! - Park Staff


Oahe Downstream

Recreation Area

No glass bottles in swim area

Swim Beach


No boats allowed in zoned swim beach This is based on SD State Law 41:04:01:06

Welcome To

Oahe Downstream Recreation Area

These are some friendly reminders to help make your stay more enjoyable for everyone All vehicles must have a valid park entrance permit before entering the park. (self registration is available) All pets must be leashed, cleaned up after, and not left unattended. They also are not allowed in buildings or zoned swimming areas.

Safety zones are defined in the law as: (5) A public swimming zone is an area in which public swimming and bathing are allowed. In these areas boats of any nature including sailboats, fishing, and other incompatible activities are prohibitied.

Do not cut down or collect branches. The use of metal detectors is prohibited except by written authorization by the park manager. ATV’s, motorcycles, motocross bikes, and golf carts are required to be street legal and have a valid park entrance license to operate in the park. Mopeds and electric or gas scooters have similar requirements, but do not require a park entrance license. See a park employee for a brochure and/or clarifications.

The park closes at 11pm.

Boats and jet skis must be kept out of the zoned swim beach. Please use the ski beach to switch riders.

Quiet hours also begin at 11pm.

Fireworks are prohibited.

This causes compaction and damage to grass and tree roots. Use the parking areas provided and have your visitors do the same.

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Pets are not allowed for sanitary reasons. Pet waste contaminates the swimming area. Pets can access the water at other areas.

Firewood is available from park employees or hosts.

Any visitors must leave at that time. Only registered campers are allowed in the park when it is closed for the night.

Parking on the grass not permitted.

No pets allowed on beach

Please leave the park in its natural state.

Keep campfires contained to the supplied fire pit and not excessive in size to prevent accidents.

Voices and vehicle operation should be kept to a minimum. Radios and TVs outside should be turned off.

For the safety of all guests please only bring to the beach beverages that are not bottled in glass. Broken glass bottles will cut swimmers.

Thank you for your compliance!

For additional information refer to pages 12 and 13 of the 2012 South Dakota Park Times or check out


Passport Challenge The Fitness Passport Challenge is a new program that was introduced this summer. For the program, visitors can get a passport book stamped in order to collect prizes. The passport book was already designed by my coworker Brooke, but the program still needed a logo. I created this logo using InDesign and than exported it into Illustrator to vecotrize it. The logo was created to be printed on the prizes that can be earned. I also created thank you’s and certificates that will be sent when prizes are earned. These were also created using InDesign.






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Photo Trip I was able to get out of my cubicle this summer for a fun photo trip. I traveled by myself to Lake Thompson, Lake Poinsett and Oakwood Lakes. I really enjoyed the opportunity to visit the parks, meet some campers and represent South Dakota Parks and Recreation. Here are some of my favorite photos from the trip.



Magnet This was a fun magnet I created on my last day. The Parks and Recreation tend to focus on advertising to families and children so I thought this would be a great photo to use. The photo was taken at a state park by SD Tourism. I placed the photo into an InDesign document and added the fun fonts. I think the color scheme and the two navy blue rectangles make the design appealing. The magnet will be passed out at different events to encourage people to visit the state parks.


Mouse Pad I also created this mouse pad on my last day. Just like the magnet, the mouse pads will be used for the promotion of the state parks. This is a photo I took on my photo trip to Lake Thompson. I thought the colors of the chairs, umbrella and towels made this photo fun. I played up on the relaxation theme of the photo by saying “find yourself an oasis at South Dakota state parks�. This was also another design done using InDesign.


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SDPRA One of my major projects this summer was giving the South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association (SDPRA) a new look. I first designed a few logo choices and the logo on this page was chosen by the members of the association. Another example of how I updated the association was with a new newsletter format, which is on the next page. I also designed a letterhead. All designs were done using InDesign. For the logo the sun and water were created using shapes. The tree is a graphic from the Internet.




South Dakota Parks & Recreation Association

QUICK HITS End of the Year Updates Upcoming Events August 27: SDPRA Maintenance School Rapid City, SD August19: SDPRA Maintenance School Sioux Falls, SD September 25-27: SDPRA Annual Conference Huron, SD October 16-18: NRPA National Congress Anaheim, CA November 14-15: SDPRA Board Planning Retreat at Lewis & Clark Resort in Yankton, SD April 14-16, 2013 Midwest Conference Deadwood, SD

President’s Report After several years of using the same logo, we have adopted a new logo for SDPRA. A special thanks to Talisa Wager, intern for the GFP, for designing the new logo. This logo will give the association a fresh look as we continue moving forward. It has been a busy year for SDPRA with attendance at the Midwest Conference in Grand Forks in early May, a presentation to the Municipal League Finance Officers School in Huron, on June 13. This was a good opportunity to promote SDPRA to municipal finance officers from across the state. The State Hershey Track Meet in Pierre was attended June 23 to make a presentation to Lauren Tolsma for his years of service as State Coordinator for Hershey. We have been making preparations for the upcoming annual conference in Huron. LaRon and Thez have been making preparations to host a good conference. Since we did not have a conference in South Dakota last year, there is good interest from exhibitors and members to be able to see old friends and meet new people. You will soon be receiving an electronic copy of proposed updates to the SDPRA Constitution and By-Laws. The Board periodically reviews these documents and makes recommendations for changes, and we will be voting on these changes at the annual business meeting in Huron. Enjoy the rest of the summer and make plans to attend upcoming training opportunities. Sincerely, Randy Kittle, President

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HOST COMMUNITY FOR CONFERENCE WANTED We are looking for a host community for the 2015 SDPRA Annual Conference. If you have questions about hosting this conference, please contact Randy Kittle at 605.773.5490 or randy.kittle@state. Please submit proposal by November 1, 2012. 2013 Pierre 2014 Spearfish




T-Shirts Close to the top of my favorite projects for this internship was the numerous t-shirt graphics I was able to design. The “Get Wild for Nature!” t-shirt was printed this summer. The other two t-shirts are ideas for future use. These t-shirts are handed out free to promote the state parks. Because they are handed out for free, the price needs to be kept to a minimum so only one color is allowed and the t-shirts are white.


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T-Shirts I also created design ideas for volunteer shirts. The state parks wouldn’t be able to run without all of the volunteers. Each volunteer gets a free shirt to wear while they are working at the parks. I created these designs in InDesign. The license plate graphic I created using Photoshop. All other elements are fonts from or shapes from InDesign.

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