As a component of restructuring how Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary continues to operate, new board president Dr. Tina Brents-Barnhart announced that the sanctuary would shift its focus from animal rescue to community education and awareness. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the organization will continue caring for the animals already there, but will shift to education on permaculture and agroforestry.
In 2017, the sanctuary hopes to implement several educational gardens and ecosystems through partnerships with Black Hills State University and South Dakota State University – Extension. School tours will be planned to teach children about plant propagation through hands-on experience.
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