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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

    • 3 Oct 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • South Dakota Discovery Center
    • 15

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

    Pine cones have many hidden secrets!   We will dissect pine cones, do an experiment, and repurpose a pine cone to feed the birds.

    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. 

    • 6 Oct 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • virtual

    FREE Virtual Teen Science Cafe: Going Viral

    Middle School and High School Event

    Tuesday October 6th


    Hear about the latest research in Covid genetics,  play a game to learn about CRISPR techniques and talk to a scientist about his career. 

    Join us via:

    Twitch @ STEM_savvy

    Facebook @south dakota discovery center

    Youtube @south dakota discovery center

    Please RSVP


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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