PREVIEW: Creating A Dakota Aquarium


The Butterfly House and Aquarium is planning big things for residents in land-locked KELOLAND.

The facility is announcing it is about halfway to it’s goal of raising $7.5 million for The Dakota Aquarium Capital Campaign. CEO Audrey Willard says the plan is to expand the aquariums and add more classrooms and immersive features for guests. If the money bubbles up in time, Willard says construction will begin in the summer of 2020.  

“We’re going to be over 27,000 square feet when we’re all done. That means we’re going to basically redo the whole building. The core of our building will stay the same. The Butterfly House will stay the same but everything else will get redone. That will allow us to have more aquarium exhibits. More space for play areas for the kids and also more classroom space so we can get more education impact here,” Willard said. 

Nearly 90,000 people visit the Butterfly House and Aquarium each year. Hear why Willard expects that number to keep rising in Thursday’s Eye on KELOLAND.

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