Upcoming Events

DATE: June 3-4, 2024

Cheyenne River Buffalo Ranch
25152 River Road
Hermosa SD

Up-close picture of a blue jay

Birds. At Home on the Range
Annual Bird Tour

The 2024 Bird Tour to be held at Cheyenne River Ranch, home of South Dakota conservationist Dan O’Brien. Dan is the celebrated author of ‘Buffalo for the Broken Heart’ and other books about life on the Northern Plains. He is also the founder of Wild Idea Buffalo Company and an advocate for ranching in concert with nature.

DATE: June 12, 2024
LOCATION: 1898 Ranch, Estelline, SD

Good, Bad, and Similar Looking Plant Tour

The day will include conversations and learning opportunities about treatments, biocontrol, land management, and plant ID.
- Short intro session in the morning
- Most of the day will consist of visiting sites around the local area.

June 11-13 - Wall, SD
July 23-25 - Summit, SD
Sept 10-12 - Chamberlain, SD

Grazing Schools

Topics include:
* Adaptive Management * Concepts of Grazing * Managing Diversity on Rangelands * Working with Livestock * Pasture Allocation * Inventory of Ranch Resources * Plant Species Identification * Mineral Nutrition Needs of Livestock * Seasonality of Grazing Nutrition * Ranch Monitoring Exercises * Soil Health and Infiltration * Transect Reading & Monitoring * Planning Your Own Place * Planning for a Forage Shortage * Fencing & Watering Systems * Holistic Management * Implementing Grazing Practices * Consulting with Grazing Experts

DATE: June 25

LOCATION: Rock Hills Ranch
Lowry, SD

TIME: 6:00pm CST

RSVP to Jenita at jenita1204@gmail.com

A group of people in the pasture

Pasture Walk

▪️ Grazing Management
▪️ Infrastructure
▪️ Diverse Plant Communities
▪️ Soil Health on Range Lands

**Chance to view historic Native American Eagle catch pits

DATE: July 31

LOCATION: Bluebell Ranch
Clear Lake, SD


RSVP to Joe at jblastick@tnc.org

up close picture of native plants in the praire with a white flower in the middle

Pasture Walk

Check back for details on this pasture walk!

DATE: August 8, 2024

LOCATION: Blioux River Ranch
Castlewood, SD

TIME: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM CST

RSVP to Judge at jljessop@kennebectelephone.com

Leopold Award Winner Tour

▪️ Thursday, August 8, 2024
▪️ 9:30AM - 4:00PM Central
▪️ Blioux River Ranch, Castlewood, SD
45696 SD HWY 22

DATE: November 19 - 21, 2024

Richie Z's Brickhouse, Pierre, SD

smiling happy couple

Regenerate 3-Day School

Farmers and Ranchers make many sacrifices. Why should profitability be one of them?

Whether you are new or experienced in managing your resources, finances and relationships using a holistic or regenerative approach, this school is designed with you in mind.

Invite your whole team to unplug from your operation just long enough to recharge with others who want to take their personal & professional lives to the next level.

July 10-13, Sturgis, SD

Location: Dakota Frontier Camp

Young ranchers at the Young Adult Rancher Management Workshop

Young Adult Rancher Management Workshop

The Young Adult Ranching for Profit Workshop is a hands-on intensive training to develop management skills in agriculture, featuring Dallas Mount, owner of Ranching For Profit Schools.

“What an awesome experience! Learned so much! Can`t wait to bring back what I learned to the family operation! Keep up the good work.” ~ Event Attendee

DATE: Thursday, August 3, 2023

TIME: 9:30AM - 4:00PM


RSVP to Judge Jessop at jljessop@kennebectelephone.com or call/text 605.280.0127.

Photo of the Slovek family

2023 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award Winner Tour

* From Wall, SD: Go 8 miles North on Creighton Road and take the curve East. Creighton Road turns into Kelly Hill Road. Then go 19 miles East to Deadman Creek Road. Go 6 miles North to Slovek Road. Then take Slovek Road 3 miles West.
* From Philip, SD: Go 10 miles North and then 9 miles West. Then go 1 mile North and 3 miles West.
* From HWY 34/73 Intersection (Billsburg): Go 15 miles South to Hilland Road, then 9 miles West to Deadman Creek Road. Then go 6 miles South to Slovek Road and then 3 miles West.

Aug 2, Pasque Hills on Beaver Creek, 9:00 - 1:00

Aug 4, SDSU Oak Lake Research station, 9:00 - 12:00
*There will be a live fire demonstration if weather permits.

controlled burn

Prescribed Fire Effects in Native and Restored Grasslands Field Day

* Identify native plants and plant response after spring prescribed burn
* Discussions about prescribed fire objectives and see if objectives were met
* Discuss future management and timing of prescribed burn

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