Contact Us

Mailing address:

SD Discovery Center
805 W Sioux Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501

Phone: 605-224-8295

Kristie Maher
Executive Director
Bio coming soon
Anne Lewis 
Special Projects Director

Name: Anne Lewis

Position: Special Projects Director, 319 Information and Education Project Manager


  • Master's of Arts in Natural Science and Environmental Education, Hamline University, St. Paul MN
  • Spanish Language and Literature and Education, George Washington University, Washington DC
Recent Accomplishments:
  • National Geographic Ambassador and Educator Certification Trainer
  • 2017 National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow
  • GLOBE US Partner Forum Chair
  • Tedx speaker
  • Google Certified Educator, Level 1
What I do: Environmental and earth science outreach and education. GLOBE, Project WET, Leopold Education Project, Kayak coordinator, 319 minigrant administrator, GEMS facilitator, Space Grant professional development coordinator, citizen science, IT and Google Suite admin.
Favorite Saying:  So as you move through life, pedal hard--because that's how you get places, and because it's fun and so incredibly gratifying to propel yourself forward by you your own will and power of intentions. But make sure the pace of your pedaling answers only to your own standards of vigor. Remain uncynical and don't waste any energy on those who pass you by on their electric bikes, because you never know what strife is driving them and, most of all, because the moment you focus on that, you vacate your own soul.
Dr. Rhea Waldman
Education Director

Name: Dr. Rhea Waldman

Position: SD Discovery Center – Education Director, SD EPSCoR – Education and Outreach Specialist


  • Master of Science in Biology. Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich, Germany.
  • Doctor of Natural Sciences in Biology. Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

Recent accomplishments:

  • National Geographic Certified Educator
  • Portal to the Public Science Communication Instructor
  • Harvard-Smithsonian YouthAstroNet Educator
  • NSF Supercommunicator
  • AAUW (Pierre/Ft. Pierre), Co-president
  • Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Officer

What I Do: Science education and outreach, Aerospace education, StarLabs, CuriosiTeens, Girl Scout Badge Events, Science Takes Flight Outreach, Women in Science Conferences, Portal to the Public Science Communication Workshops, SD EPSCoR Education Portal, connect teachers and students with SD scientists, Maker Community, Volunteer and Staff Training, Teacher Professional Development, GEMS Kits, YouthAstroNet Projects, Ozone Garden Citizen Science

Favorite Saying: “Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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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