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Hands-on exploration that builds passion for and knowledge of science
across generations; students, teachers, families, citizens.

Equity in Education

We believe every child deserves to hands-on science education!
Thanks to the generosity of local sponsors,
we can provide scholarships and reduced fees for families in need. 
No forms to fill out. Simply inquire by contacting Rhea.

Program guide 

To view or download our program guide for Summer 2020 click here.

What do we do to keep our campers safe?

Daily screenings, staff wear mask
Small group size outside (weather permitting)
Regularly scheduled hand washing, no sharing of material

Upcoming events

    • 29 Jun 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 7 Aug 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Remote

    New this year!

    In this independent study professional development opportunity, teachers use iNaturalist and GLOBE in place based research  that specifically addresses NGSS cross cutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas.  The teacher researchers will integrate their research into lessons as the phenomena for student inquiry and investigation. The lessons will be formatted for in person, remote, or hybrid instruciton.

    The research will focus on collecting data for one of three investigation questions:

    • How does energy move through the organisms in my place? 
    • How do land and water in my place impact each other? 
    • How does my place change over different time scales?

    This is an independent study PD with regular checkins with the course facilitator. Those contributing data to the GLOBE database must become GLOBE trained. Those already who are GLOBE trained will need to become trained in the protocol for their research question if they are not already.

    Dates: June 29-Aug 7
    Location: Remote
    Credit: One (per investigation)
    Fee: Members $5, Nonmembers $10, Pierre and Eagle Butte School Districts Free
    Grade Target: 4-12

    For more information about this course please see https://sites.google.com/sd-discovery.org/field-research-for-teachers/home

    • 8 Aug 2020
    • 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM (CDT)
    • Drifters Bar and Grille

    • 10 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM (CDT)
    • 13 Aug 2020
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 14

    Science Track: Life Science

    Sprouts: Biologist

    Ages: K-2nd grade

    Limit: 20

    Fee: Non-members $22, Members $19

    Program Description: On Guard! Come learn about how animals use different strategies to protect themselves from predators or to blend in so they can sneak up on their prey.  Meet a biologist who studies animals in the wild. 

    Covid 19 Camp Protocol: 

    • Daily screenings will occur at check-in. Families will be reminded to keep any children home that have a fever, cough, or if any other family member has had similar symptoms or confirmed diagnosis of exposure to Covid-19 in the past 14 days. In addition, if members of the family have recently traveled or been in contact with people in areas with elevated spread, we will ask that children not participate. 

    • Camps will limit group size so that no more than 10 kids will be congregated in one confined location at any given time. 

    • Hand washing will be regularly scheduled and taught throughout the camp.

    • Staff will be masked.

    • Supplies will not be shared to the extent possible and re-usable items will be sterilized every day. 

    • Activities will be run outside unless adverse weather requires that we be inside.

    • If a confirmed case is identified among staff or campers, families will be notified of the risk of exposure, and programs will be suspended until further notice.

    Campers will not be required to wear masks, but parents and guardians may send a mask if they wish for their child to wear one.


Upcoming events

Thank you to the 
Friends of the South Dakota Discovery Center. 
Friends provide on going support so that the
children and families in our community have access to hands-on science learning, now and in the future.

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