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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 our "Discovery Series" January - May 2021 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

    • 26 Jan 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CST)
    • virtual via zoom

    Discovery Series Book Club

    Title: Arctic Dreams

    Author: Barry Lopez


    Lopez offers a vivid natural history of the Arctic and weaves stories about the relationships between humans and the land. The book offers a unique meditation on how the landscape can shape our imagination, desires, and dreams.

    • 6 Feb 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CST)
    • South Dakota Discovery Center
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     Magnet Free 3D Model - .obj .fbx .lwo .mtl - Free3DAges:  3-5 years with parent or grandparent

      Time:  10:30-11:30 AM

      Location: South Dakota Discovery Center

      Fee:  Free, members only

    Forces push and pull on us everyday.  We will explore magnets and other forces including trying to defy gravity.

    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. 

    • 8 Feb 2021
    • 1:00 PM (CST)
    • 9 Feb 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Chamber of Commerce Community Room, Pierre SD
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    If you have taught or are interested in teaching children, youth, and families about soil health in hands-on and interactive ways this training is for you!

    The South Dakota Discovery Center, with support from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, is offering a one day training to equip volunteers with the knowledge, skills and abilities to teach about soil health to K-8 students. In this workshop participants will learn best pedagogical practices as well as learn and practice hands-on grade appropriate activities. Many of these skills will transfer to the community audience.

    This workshop will observe all social distancing practices including wearing masks, gathering in groups of less than ten, and staying 6 feet apart.

    Participants will be provided with round trip mileage and a per diem for lunch, dinner, and breakfast. A one night motel stay will be covered for those requiring lodging on the night of Jan 5.

    Please register using this form. Use a separate registration form if more than one person from a household is attending. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Anne at annelewis@sd-discovery.org.

    Space is limited to 8 participants. After the workshop fills, registrants will be added to a waitlist. Preclass reading is required.



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    • 21 Feb 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom

    Dr. Sarah McAnulty, “squid-ologist”, will join us Feb 21 at 3 PM CT via Zoom (simulstreamed to FB Live) to talk about all things squiddy AND lead us through a dissection of a squid. We are all about the hands-on so we encourage you to order your own squid to dissect at home. We recommend the 8”-12” squid and Student Scalpel from Carolina. You will also need tweezers. This DoT is a great opportunity for a high school student who missed out on dissection as well as those of us who haven’t dissected anything since high school.

    In addition to being a squid biologist, Dr. McAnulty is a science communicator. She is the founder and executive director of Skype a Scientist, a non-profit organization that connects scientists to teachers and families around the world. She earned a bachelor's degree in marine science at Boston University in 2011 and her PhD from the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut, graduating in 2019. She studied immunology in cephalopods, focusing on Hawaiian bobtail squid.


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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