Grant Funding to Aide in Youth Conservation Education in South Dakota

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Pierre, SD -( Learning about the outdoors and conservation are important experiences for youth.

To help make that happen, a fund established in honor of a family that is well-known to the outdoor community will again be awarding grants in 2015. Working in cooperation with the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation, the Tony and Dar Dean Outdoor Education Fund provides grant funding for projects associated with youth conservation education in South Dakota.

These grants are intended to provide resources and support to individuals and organizations desiring for quality outdoor educational experiences. Grant funds are eligible to be used in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to: funding travel for students or groups to educational events; providing supplies and materials to promote outdoor knowledge and skills; creating new activities and events to increase outdoor knowledge and participation among South Dakota families and youth.

Grant proposals are being accepted from Jan. 1 through March 15, 2015. Grant awards will be a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $1,500. A total of $4,000 is available to applicants for calendar year 2015 to apply to activities and projects that will be completed in 2015 or 2016.

Applications for the Tony and Dar Dean Outdoor Education Fund grant program must be submitted online through the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation at A program summary can be found here as well as at

For additional information, please contact John Cooper at 605.222.7582 or Wayne Winter at 605.773.4503.

About the Tony and Dar Dean Outdoor Education Fund

The Tony and Dar Dean Outdoor Education Fund was established in memory of outdoor broadcaster and writer Tony Dean (who died in 2008) and his wife Dar Dean, an outdoor enthusiast who has a strong commitment to enhancing outdoor education opportunities. The fund committee would like to build the fund so a larger number of grants can be awarded in the future. For information on making a tax-deductible contribution to the Tony and Dar Dean Outdoor Education Fund, visit

About The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (SDGFP)

The purpose of the Department of Game, Fish and Parks is to perpetuate, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance South Dakota’s wildlife resources, parks, and outdoor recreational opportunities for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the people of this state and its visitors, and to give the highest priority to the welfare of this state’s wildlife and parks, and their environment, in planning and decisions.