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Volunteer

As a volunteer at The Outdoor Campus, you will experience a variety of opportunities that will increase your own and others' awareness of South Dakota's great outdoors.

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Adult Volunteers

Qualifications to be an adult volunteer:

  • Be at least 18 years of age or older.
  • Submit a completed application form to the volunteer coordinator by the application deadline.
  • Contact the volunteer coordinator.
  • Complete volunteer orientation training and any other pertinent classes.
  • Commit to a minimum of 50 hours a year.
  • Agree to and pass a criminal background check.

Youth Volunteers

Qualifications to be a youth volunteer:

  • Be at least 12 years of age or older.
  • Submit a completed application form to the volunteer coordinator by the application deadline.
  • Contact the volunteer coordinator.
  • Complete volunteer orientation training and any other pertinent classes.
  • Commit to 25 hours a year.

Community Service

We have projects to offer to scout groups, high school groups and more during the upcoming summer season. We do not offer opportunities for court-sentenced community service.

  • Trail maintenance
  • Removing garbage from trails
  • Program preparation
  • Gardening and planting

Volunteer Postitions

Animal Care
Help care for the many wonderful classroom animals  the Outdoor Campus has! We have many indoor animals ranging from turtles, snakes, frogs, fish, butterflies, and other reptiles. In our backyard, help us fill our bird feeders. Commit to a one day a week animal care session, which takes approximately one hour.

Educational Assistant
To assist Outdoor Campus naturalists and naturalist interns with community, school, and group programs. Programs are related to hunting, fishing, and other outdoor skills. The Outdoor Campus has programs for preschool age up to adults.

Front Desk
Greet visitors at The Outdoor Campus and interact with a variety of ages that come to learn about South Dakota wildlife, plants, and outdoor activities. Volunteers can greet visitors, answer questions, and supervise classroom animals.

Gardening
The volunteer will assist the horticulture intern and care for the butterfly garden by planting, weeding, watering and assigned tasks. Must be able to lift 15 lbs and be physically able to work while standing or kneeling.