For the last 15 years, The Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls has taught thousands of people to fish, hunt, camp, canoe, kayak, shoot an arrow and much more. In late July, they take that record up a notch with Outdoor University, a day dedicated to all things outdoors.
Outdoor University participants can try everything taught at The Outdoor Campus, including archery, BB guns, kayaking, outdoor cooking and fishing, said Thea Miller Ryan, director. But she said they will also be able to learn why and how the Department of Game, Fish and Parks works in South Dakota. “We’ll show everything from law enforcement boats and trucks, to mountain lion tracking technology, electrofishing, fish stocking and a wildland fire unit,” Ryan said.
Families will get a chance to touch aquatic animals, make fish print T-shirts, see professionally trained hunting dogs show off their skills, meet representatives from outdoor organizations, and attend short demonstrations and seminars throughout the day. More than $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’s parking area is filled, extra parking will be available at the Sanford Clinic Family Medicine on 49th and Oxbow, behind the Sanford Wellness Center.
For more information call The Outdoor Campus at (605) 362-2777 or visit online at