Ornamental Pear Trees Planted

The new trees were purchased from Tom Brady of Brady Tree Farm last week.
Carl & Jan Brush for purchasing one of the trees!! The second tree will be planted in memory of Mary Grandi and Steven Broyles.
The trees were planted across from the pollinator garden.
Thank you to everyone who helped with this project.

Interpretive Sign Dedication

The Friends Group would like to thank Cathy Lynch-Becker & Modern Woodmen of America for their generous donation in helping purchase the signs.  Thank you also to Dave Kokesh of Sign Tech for helping with the design and making of the signs.  Our very own Sam Stukel of the Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium for helping make it all possible!


Photo courtesy of Sam Stukel
Back row left to right: Brenda Willcuts Friends Group President ; SDGFP employees Matt Yardley,  Gene Guenther,  Ron Olson,  Lucas Pedersen,  Joe James.
Front row  left to right:  Donors Carl Brush, Jan Brush, Pam Hamilton, Steve Hamilton. Not pictured Tom and Brenda Johnson.

Four benches were donated one was placed on the aquarium/hatchery trail and the other three were placed on the new trail "Lake Yankton Multipurpose Trail" located next to the aquarium.


Pollinator Garden

Thank you to Friends of Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery members Marv & Karin Ehlers and Ed & Karen Fefjar for all your hard work expanding and re-planting the pollinator garden this year. Cannot wait to see how beautiful it will be when everything is blooming! Friends member Trenton Mueller is pictured checking out the turtle in the garden.

Friends of Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

Recently purchased a storage shed for the hatchery to use for extra storage. It will be used for different events including the "Catch A Trout" program. THANK YOU to friends group member Marv Ehlers for outfitting the inside of the shed!