Dakota Aquarium Expansion

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A Time for Growth

It’s time to make the Butterfly House & Aquarium an even better community destination. Through The Dakota Aquarium Capital Campaign, the Butterfly House & Aquarium will transform into the Dakota Aquarium & Butterfly House, providing:

More children the opportunity to learn about science through experiential education.

A larger unique destination for locals, tourists and prospective residents seeking year-round, family-friendly activities.

A greater local and global impact on the conservation of nature’s most delicate habitats and ecosystems.

How Can You Help?

After six years of planning for our next phase of growth, we announced The Dakota Aquarium Capital Campaign. Thanks to our generous donors, $4.2 million of our total $7.875 million goal has been pledged towards the expansion of the Butterfly House & Aquarium facility to-date.

We need your help to reach our total campaign goal in order to build the Dakota Aquarium & Butterfly House for South Dakota's land-locked residents!

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Please contact Audrey Otto, our CEO, at audrey@sdaquarium.org to schedule a VIP tour or learn more about The Dakota Aquarium Capital Campaign.