The 135-acre Dakota Nature Park is designed as a destination park featuring a string of ponds perfect for kayaking or trying out a new fishing lure. What began as the city landfill is now a multi-purpose park with miles of bike trails and plenty of opportunities for visitors and locals to get out and explore nature. Located in the park is the Larson Nature Center; a 5,300 square-foot facility available to the public to rent if the schedule permits (Rental Agreement). The center will be used for recreational programming activities, as well as a rental hub for outdoor gear including fishing rods, kayaks, canoes, adaptive bikes, snowshoes, binoculars and GPS units.
Dakota Nature Park is open to public use for activities such as fishing, bird-watching, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice skating, canoeing, kayaking, and picnics. For any questions about the park, contact the Brookings Park, Recreation & Forestry Department.
Rental Rates & Policies
The Dakota Nature Park and Center are primarily for the use of programs and activities sponsored or affiliated with the Brookings Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department. Therefore, priority is given to these activities. Larson Nature Center is for rent only when the schedule permits and the activities are appropriate for the park. In keeping with the mission and purpose of the facility, weddings, receptions, showers and other such large social gatherings are not permitted.
For questions, call 605.692.2708 - Brookings Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department
Dakota Nature Park & Larson Nature Center
1705 32nd Street South
520 3rd Street, Suite 130
Brookings, SD 57006
Larson Nature Center Hours of Operation
Mid May through September
Wednesday - Friday -- 12 PM - 8 PM
Saturday -- 9 AM - 8 PM
Sunday -- 12 PM - 8 PM