Construction to begin on Outdoor Campus-West

This drawing shows shows what the Outdoor Campus-West in Rapid City will look like when construction is complete. (Photo courtesy of the S.D. Department of Game, Fish and Parks)

The state Department of Game, Fish and Parks has scheduled a groundbreaking at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, for the new Outdoor Campus-West in Rapid City.

The "West" in the name refers to the facility’s location on the other side of the state from the original Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls.

Outdoor Campus-West will feature many amenities for the public, including nature trails and interactive exhibits. The site will also be home to community programming for children and adults.

The core programming areas are hunting, fishing, outdoor education and outdoor skills. Within those core areas are activities such as conservation, wildlife biology, camping, canoeing/kayaking, hunter safety, fish identification and fish cleaning.

The facility will cost about $13 million to build and is scheduled for completion in April 2011. The project is funded by sales of hunting and fishing licenses.

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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