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Outdoor Campus to Host Largest Event to Date

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For the last 15 years, The Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls taught hundreds of thousands of people to fish, hunt, camp, canoe, kayak, shoot an arrow and much more. In July, they take that record up a notch with Outdoor University, a day dedicated to all things outdoors.


Outdoor University participants will be able to try everything taught at The Outdoor Campus, including archery, BB guns, kayaking, outdoor cooking and fishing, Thea Miller Ryan, director, said, but they will also be able to learn “why and how Game, Fish and Parks works in the state. We’ll show everything from law enforcement boats and trucks, to mountain lion tracking technology, electrofishing, fish stocking and a wildland fire unit.”


Families will get a chance to touch aquatic animals, make fish print t-shirts, see professionally trained hunting dogs show off their skills, meet outdoor organizations and attend short demonstrations and seminars throughout the day.  Over $1,000 in door prizes will be awarded to attendees as well, Ryan said.


Outdoor University runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 30, in Sertoma Park. The event is free and no pre-registration is required. Once the park parking is filled, extra parking is available at the Sanford Clinic Family Medicine on 49th and Oxbow, behind the Sanford Wellness Center, Ryan said. 


For more information call The Outdoor Campus at (605) 362-2777 or visit online at



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Thea Miller Ryan
Director, The Outdoor Campus
Phone: 605-362-2777