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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. The grants are intended to be used in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to:

  • Funding for travel for students or groups to educational events
  • Providing supplies and materials to promote outdoor knowledge and skills
  • Creating new activities and events that increase outdoor knowledge and participation among South Dakota families and youth

2016 Grant Program: The grant application period for 2016 is now open. Grant awards will be a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $1,500. A total of $7,000 is available to applicants for calendar year 2016. Deadline to apply: March 15, 2016. To submit an application or more information, visit the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation website at 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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