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 a Sioux Falls landmark that provides:

More children the opportunity to learn about science through experiential education

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

A 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 at our Wings & Waves Gala in February 2019. Thanks to six generous donors, $3.525 million of our total $7.5 million goal has been pledged towards the expansion of the Butterfly House & Aquarium facility as of February 8, 2019.

When all of the fundraising is complete, construction for the expanded aquarium space, interactive classrooms and additional immersive features will begin. We plan to break ground for development of the aquarium galleries and classrooms in the summer of 2020. We ask that you join us in our community-transforming project and impact generations of families to come.

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Please contact Charity Bahr, our Marketing Coordinator, at charity.b@sdaquarium.org or Audrey Willard, our CEO, at audrey@sdaquarium.org to schedule a VIP tour or learn more about The Dakota Aquarium Capital Campaign.

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Your contributions will help to make our expansion possible.