The initial concept for what is now known as the Outdoor Adventure Center of South Dakota was to provide an indoor home for 4-H's growing shooting sports programs.
That changed once the city of Brookings provided 3.8 acres of land within the 135-acre Dakota Nature Park. The concept quickly blossomed into a $3.7 million year-round activity center adding in fishing, kayaking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
The 30,000-square-foot building under construction on Brookings' south side will feature an Olympic-size indoor archery range and a 75-foot pistol shooting range.
South Dakota 4-H Foundation Executive Director Nancy Swanson says students will also have access to the nature park's rolling hills and chain of small lakes, so youth will be able to head outside the classrooms for hands-on learning.
Opening is planned for December.
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