Changing Things Up a Little

Changing Things Up a Little

Hey, fans and followers – we’re changing things up a little in 2018. You’ll notice some gradual changes and some that might cause a big stir! Either way, we’re committed to bringing you the best in outdoor education programming!

Our first change of the new year is staff duties. We’re shifting around a few responsibilities, so you may have a new contact for the type of programs you take here.

Sandy Richter

Sandy Richter –

  • Community programs: family classes, advanced family classes, advanced adult classes and Junior, Young and Sprouts classes.
  • Garden and Playscape
  • Special Events: Women’s Try-It Day, Halloween Hike, others
  • Contact: or 605.362.2777



Derek Klawitter

Derek Klawitter –

  • Group Programs: Scouts, church groups, Lifescape, other groups
  • Home School Programming: our regular slate of home school classes, plus new multi-class sections and a form of Harvest SD for home schoolers
  • or 605.362.2732




Shelly Pierson

Shelly Pierson –

  • School and Preschool programs: Sioux Falls and surrounding schools that can come to TOC for programming. Elementary, middle school, preschool and high school
  • Contact: or 605.362.2777



Jason Nelson
Jason Nelson

Jason Nelson –

  • Outreach
    • Schools outside of Sioux Falls
    • CO assistance with programming in summer
    • Harvest SD
    • Sanford Children’s Hospital
    • Colleges
    • Some advanced programming with community and group
    • Contact: 605.362.3524


Kyle Grogan

Kyle Grogan-

  • Volunteers: recruit, train retain
  • Assist with school programming
  • Contact: or 605.362.2728



Thea, Lynn and Tonna are still here, too… we’re just doing our same jobs. Find us at 605.362.2777.

Meet Kyle The [New] Volunteer Coordinator

Meet Kyle The [New] Volunteer Coordinator

What is your favorite outdoor activity?


What is an interesting fact about you?

I’m a diehard Green Bay Packers fan

What about your family?

My wife Madelyn and I just celebrated our three year anniversary and I have my son Cullen who is three months old. He was born on St. Patrick’s Day.

What is your favorite park in Sioux Falls?

Sertoma Park for its great hiking trails.

What made you want to work at The Outdoor Campus?

I was a naturalist intern from 2011-2013. My Aunt Shelly is also the current school program coordinator. I loved working here as an intern and it is a great environment to work in with great people.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, you can contact Kyle at 605-362-2777 or for more information. Volunteers assist with classes, care for our animals, greet people at the front desk, and take care of our garden. The application process starts at age 12.