The Outdoor Campus - West
The purpose of the facility is to provide outdoor education experiences to youth and adults throughout western South Dakota and to serve as the headquarters for the Wildlife Division staff of the western South Dakota region.
The Outdoor Campus mission is to provide education about outdoor skills, wildlife, conservation and management practices of South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks to all ages in order to preserve our outdoor heritage.
This is a beautiful place to escape without leaving town. There's a ton of beautiful mature trees that surround you away from hustle and bustle of Rapid City. Perfect for photography or picnics.
Lots of programs for all ages. Excellent taxidermy. Super helpful staff. Great place to go learn what it was like b4 the phone screen epidemic. Basic human survival. Something that is missing in today's world.
Learning while exercising 😁 had a great lil expedition at the Outdoor campus west. Loved it! Plan to return during regular season to take part in the awesome activities they do here.
This is a ridiculously biased review. If someone who loves hunting and taxidermied animals wrote it, it would be far different. I'm not a native South Dakotan, and my idea of honoring nature isn't killing it and eating it or artificially preserving and displaying it. Wow. The OCW teaches a love of nature through, in part, shooting it with bows and arrows. That still stuns me. And I want to weep at all the dead animals on display there. In all fairness, though, the space (minus the glassy-eyed, taxidermied wildlife) is beautiful and they do more than highlight the many ways of eating nature. The interactive educational and video information is fascinating, and the staff is always kind. If I weren't creeped out by the grisly reproductions of living scenes through the posing of animal corpses, it would be a fascinating experience.
This is a very great and fun place for kids and adults. I used to volunteer here when it first opened and got to see the ribbon cutting, I can definitely say the people that work here and volunteer are amazing! They have kids classes and adult classes and the best part is it's free! I would definitely take your kids here to see the animals and learn some stuff or take a class.