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Teaching Mission

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

    • 7 Nov 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CST)
    • South Dakota Discovery Center
    • 15
    Register

    Preschoolers can learn how animals survive winter at free program at Columbia Bottom Jan. 21 | Missouri Department of Conservation

     Ages:  3-5 years with parent or grandparent
     Time:  10:30-11:30 AM Saturday November 7th
     Location: South Dakota Discovery Center
     Fee:  Free, members only


    Different animals survive cold weather in different ways.  We will create homes for different animals and learn how some of our local animals keep safe in the fall and winter.

    These free, members only events introduce preschoolers and their caregivers to fun, hands-on Discovery Center science.
     -enjoy hands-on science with your child(ren)
     -meet other preschool parents
     -get to know the SD Discovery Center

    Covid 19 Protocol: 

    • Health 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. 

    • Hand washing will be regularly scheduled.

    • Staff will be masked.

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

    • If a confirmed case is identified among staff or campers, families will be notified of the risk of exposure.

    • Adult participants are required to wear masks. Children are encouraged to wear them. 


    • 19 Nov 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (CST)
    • Live Stream
    • 141
    Register


    BEST

    FOR

    LAST

    RAFFLE 2020

    Enter for a chance to win $10,000 in our reverse raffle - the last person drawn is the winner!  Buy a ticket for one in 252 chances to win. Additional cash and special prizes are awarded through out the night.

    You can be a “lucky loser” with a Loser’s Boost. For an additional $25 a ticket you enter into a separate drawing to win a chance to get back into the drawingfor $10,000 when only two tickets remain. 

    Weekly Early-Bird Drawing: Every ticket purchased will enter a weekly drawing for local vendor prizes until the week of the event. Prizes include gifts from Capital City Wine and Spirits, Guadalajara's, Dairy Queen, Branding Iron, Oahe Light and Sound, Tokyo, and Gallo's!

    Need to buy your luck? You can! We have a silent auction for two bonus tickets, that go back into the drawing when only 8 tickets remain. Join together with friends to bid on one of these valuable chances or buy it yourself!

    Remember, there may be more than one winner! When only five tickets remain, we will call the remaining ticket holders on the phone. These folks will negotiate to split the grand prize or to keep drawing. If they agree to split, they share the prize. If they won’t split, the drawing and negotiations continue until a deal is made or until we have a single winner.

    To keep everyone safe, we will not have a party in 2020, but live broadcast the drawing via KCCR 1240, Oahe TV, and Facebook!

    Support hands-on exploration and get your lucky ticket today! 

    • 5 Dec 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CST)
    • South Dakota Discovery Center
    • 15
    Register

     Ages: 3-5 years with parent or grandparent
     Time:10:30-11:30 AM Saturday, December 5
     Location: South Dakota Discovery Center
     Fee: Free, members only




    Come and create magic with sugar and salt!  We will explore the shapes of crystals and then create a crystal tree to grow at home. 

    These free, members only events introduce preschoolers and their caregivers to fun, hands-on Discovery Center science.
     -enjoy hands-on science with your child(ren)
     -meet other preschool parents
     -get to know the SD Discovery Center

    Covid 19 Protocol: 

    • Health 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. 

    • Hand washing will be regularly scheduled.

    • Staff will be masked.

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

    • If a confirmed case is identified among staff or campers, families will be notified of the risk of exposure.

    • Adult participants are required to wear masks. Children are encouraged to wear them. 


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Upcoming events

  • 1 Sep 2020
    805 W Sioux Ave, Pierre SD 57501

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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