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South Dakota Opens Outdoor Education Center

December 8, 2011
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Outdoor Campus West, in South Dakota

The Outdoor Campus West near Rapid City, South Dakota

Looking to hone your hunting, camping, fishing and outdoor cooking skills in a natural setting? South Dakota’s Game, Fish and Parks Department recently opened a 32-acre public outdoor education center that’s nestled at the edge of the Black Hills town of Rapid City.

Outdoor Campus West Director Chad Tussing said the facility teaches participants about a variety of outdoor topics including wildlife management, conservation, wildlife track identification and many others. A 4,600-gallon freshwater aquarium allows visitors to get up close with regional fish species.

Courses and use of the facility’s trails will be provided at no charge to users, as the campus is funded through the sale of hunting and fishing licenses within South Dakota. The outdoor education center will also serve as a regional office for the Department of Game, Fish and Parks and headquarters for the Wildlife Division of the western South Dakota region.

Current programming at the outdoor education center includes youth fishing skills, a laser shot shooting simulator, live birds of prey from the Black Hills Raptor Center and other hands-on activities.

For updated schedules and more information, visit www.outdoorcampus.org, call (605) 394-2310 or follow the facility on Facebook or Twitter.

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