The Booth Society manages visitor services, the volunteer program, educational and outreach programs, coordinates the South Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Program, coordinates special events and community outreach, manages retail sales, advocates for the hatchery, coordinates rentals in Ruby’s Garden, and supports Friends Groups nationally.  As a non-profit, citizen-based group, the Society relies on donations, sales, and City subsidy funding to promote, preserve, and enhance the educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities at the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.

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MISSION STATEMENT:  Promoting, preserving and enhancing the educational, cultural and recreational opportunities at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife

The Booth Society does not own the fish hatchery, the Society serves as a nonprofit friends support group for the hatchery and works closely with the entity that does own the hatchery – the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. To learn more about the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, CLICK HERE.

Programs supported by the Booth Society include:

  • Volunteer Program – Buildings open during summer season
  • Hatchery Helpers Youth Volunteer Program- to be resumed in 2020
  • School Educational Tours and Bus Tours
  • Hatchery Special Events:  Booth Day, Father’s Day Brunch, Hatchery Holidays
  • SD Junior Duck Stamp Program
  • Generations Endowment
  • Grounds Maintenance and Improvement
  • Grant Writing
  • Advocacy
  • Friends Group Support for Refuges and Hatcheries