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Tony Dean's Acres

Tony Dean was an outdoor enthusiast, a conservationist, a broadcaster, and a writer, with hopes and dreams for projects that would help preserve and enhance public recreation opportunities for everyone.

This website is dedicated to Tony Dean's memory and to the things he loved. It also serves as the headquarters for the campaign currently underway to raise funds to establish a public recreation area in his memory, to be called Tony Dean's Acres.

Following Tony's death in October of 2008, the Tony Dean's Acres Steering Committee established a goal of raising $100,000 within 18 months. Thanks to several successful fundraising events, as well as an outpouring of support from generous donors from across the country, that goal was surpassed in the first twelve months of fundraising.  Having successfully completed the first phase of the project, we are now laying the groundwork for land acquisition, and raising funds for youth environmental education.

Tony Dean's Acres Project Update | April, 2015

Click here to read the most recent project update.

Grant Funding Aids Youth Conservation Education

Learning about the outdoors and conservation are important experiences for youth. To help make that happen, a fund established in honor of Tony and Dar Dean awards grants each year to programs which provide hands-on outdoor experiences for youngsters.

  • 2015 Grant Application Period: The grant application period for 2015 has closed; the deadline was March 15, 2015.  Grant recipients will be announced once selected by the committee.
  • Previous Grant Recipients: To see who received grants in 2013, click here.

Family and friends of Tony and Dar are working to build the fund so a larger number of grants can be awarded in the future. For information on making tax-deductible contributions to the Tony and Dar Dean Outdoor Education Fund, visit You can reach the Parks and Wildlife Foundation by phone at 605.773.4503 or by email at

SLIDE SHOW: This PowerPoint slide show of photos and comments about Tony Dean was compiled by Tony and Dar's son Cameron DeChandt for a public celebration of Tony Dean's life, held on November 1, 2008.

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