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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

    • 19 Jun 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 24 Jul 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • Remote
    Register


    This professional development will facilitate a professional learning community of educators who want to dig deeper using a nature or field journal in their instruction. We will use How to Teach Nature Journaling as our text. We will go beyond drawing and sketching to using the journal as a cross curricular method of instruction.

    This hybrid course will meet weekly via Zoom to share work and reflections on how to integrate the nature or field journal into instruction both in person and online. There will be an optional day long excursion to Badlands National Park on June 30 for an ethnobotany hike with Richard Sherman and other journaling activities. A tentative live stream with Richard is being planned.

    Dates: June 15 - July 27
    Location: Remote
    Credit: One
    Fee: Nonmembers $5, Members, Pierre and Eagle Butte School Districts Free
    Grade Target: K-12



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


    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


    • 13 Jul 2020
    • 4:30 PM (CDT)
    • 16 Jul 2020
    • 5:30 PM (CDT)
    • Remote
    • 19
    Register

    Health Track: Cooking

    Sprouts: Forager

    Ages: K-2nd grade

    Limit: 20

    Fee: Non-members $22, Members $19



    What’s for Dinner?! How many times do you hear that question and wonder or wish the person asking it would magically do the cooking? Bring your whole family into the kitchen and zoom with SDDC staff to learn how to forage for the raw materials in your cupboards and fridge to make a nutritious and delicious meal. 

    Covid 19 Update

    Due to increasing cases of Covid 19 in Hughes County and a rising rate of spread, we will be suspending in person camps and will be offering virtual programs again. Our number one priority is the safety of our staff and our community members. We will re-evaluate on a week to week basis. Please remember to wash your hands, wear a mask in public places and continue to practice social distancing.



    • 20 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM (CDT)
    • 23 Jul 2020
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 15
    Register

    Tech Track: Engineering

    Saplings: Electrical Engineer

    Ages: 6th-8th grade

    Limit: 15

    Fee: Non-members $22, Members $19


    Warning! Warning! Sensor Alert! What if every time you left the bathroom a sensor beeped at you to remind you to wash your hands? How do car seat belt sensors work? Learn how engineers use circuits to create sensors and design your own. Meet an electrical engineer!

    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.

    • 27 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM (CDT)
    • 30 Jul 2020
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 13
    Register


    Tech Track: Entertainment

    Shoots: Special Effects Artist

    Ages: 3rd-5th grade

    Limit: 15

    Fee: Non-members $25, Members $21


    Is everything you see in a movie real?  Fake blood, swords, space craft, castles, and more are not what you expect.   Become a special effects artist by learning about making models, changing ordinary objects into something extraordinary, or make small things look big or big things look small. Visit with artists from South Dakota who use these techniques for the stage and for movies and TV. 

    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.

    • 3 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM (CDT)
    • 6 Aug 2020
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 15
    Register

    Explorer Track: Environment

    Saplings: Emergency Responder

    Civil Air Patrol / National Guard Museum

    Ages: 6th-8th grade

    Limit: 15 

    Fee: Non-members $15, Members $13

    Program Description: Emergency! Emergency! Someone got lost while hunting, a boat has capsized on the lake, your neighbor has fallen and broken their arm. Join the Civil Air Patrol in exploring how to serve our community as an emergency responder. Each session, we will role play different emergency situations and practice skills CAP volunteers, EMTs, firefighters and other first responders use to help. Learn about how you can join the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program.


    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.

    • 10 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM (CDT)
    • 13 Aug 2020
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 19
    Register


    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.

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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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