The Outdoor Campus - West

We are located along Sturgis Road in Rapid City, just past the Meadowwood Bowling Alley. Map it!

What is there to do at The Campus?


  • Explore our hands-on exhibits featuring four different ecosystems in South Dakota.
  • Relax in front of our 4,600 gallon freshwater aquarium.
  • Learn about wildlife and habitats or have some storytime with your kids in our library.
  • Send your kids on a scavenger hunt throughout the building, looking for some of our neat features.


  • Hike on over 1.5 miles of trails through a wide range of habitats on our 32 acres.
  • Let the kids play in our natural playground.
  • Bring a picnic!
  • Search for our geocaches (GC3730M and GC3749K)

And it's all FREE!


Photo courtesy of ARC International, Inc.

Hours :
Monday: 8 am - 5 pm

Tuesday: 8 am - 5 pm

Wednesday: 8 am - 5 pm

Thursday: 8 am - 5 pm

Friday: 8 am - 5 pm

Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm

Sunday: 1 - 4 pm

Closed on state holidays

Our 32 acres of trails and habitats are available to explore seven days a week, from dawn until dark.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Outdoor Campus West
4130 Adventure Trail
Rapid City, SD 57702

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Driving Directions



GPS Coordinates:

N 44 05.410'

W 103 17.155'