Science and Storytelling in the Badlands

Grades: Grades 4-12
Date: June 18-21
Location: June 18 Wall, SD. We will travel to Sage Creek campground in the afternoon and spend three nights primitive camping. We will return to Wall June 21 for a wrap up classroom session.
Online remote meeting date: TBD. We will meet via web a week or two before to cover expectations, logistics and field preparations.
Fee: $50. Includes meals while in the field. Travel and accommodations prior to field session not included. A limited amount of camping gear available for a low fee rental. Pierre School District teachers, email Anne for the discount registration code.
Credit: 1 (fee extra)

Sign up today at: Science and Storytelling in the Badlands

Join us in this field based, cross curricular exploration of the Badlands with guest instructor ESRI consultant Kyle Treddinnick. You will spend one day in class in Wall and three days/three nights camping in the primitive area of the Badlands doing field studies. Have experiences to bring back to your classroom that will create rich, authentic phenomena that will pique curiosity and drive investigation and inquiry.

Along the way you will:

  • explore the watersheds, geology, flora, and fauna of Badlands National Park,
  • make an ARCGis Story Map of your explorations,
  • participate in citizen science, using iNaturalist,
  • gather phenomena for your class,
  • practice GLOBE field skills (certification encouraged)
  • start on earning National Geographic Educator Certification.

Suitable for teachers in Grades 4-12. This class is a hybrid, requiring a remote meeting before the class and assignment for credit.

Sponsored by SD Space Grant Consortium, SD 319 I&E Project, and the National Geographic Society.

Date: July 29-30, 2019
Location: SD Discovery Center
Fee: Free. Credit: $45 (pending)
Credit: 1 graduate or undergraduate credit

Sign up today at: Connecting Research to the Classroom

Get your students excited about STEM and connect them to South Dakota scientists using FREE curriculum modules developed by teachers for teachers! The SD EPSCoR Education Portal is a powerful tool that offers hands-on lesson plans for middle- and high school aligned with SD science standards, that include engaging activities and connections to actual SD scientists and their current research. 

This workshop is sponsored by SD EPSCoR.

Phenomenal Water Education for Teachers

Grades: 4-12

Time: Aug 5-6 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Yankton, National Park Service Office

Fee: $25 non-member. $15 members.

Credit: 1. (Extra fee)

Sign up today at: Phenomenal Water Education

Join us for two days of phenomena forward professional development using Project WET, GLOBE, iNaturalist, and National Geographic resources. You will receive curriculum, become GLOBE certified, and start your journey on becoming a National Geographic Certified educator. Our time will focus on looking at phenomena and modeling how it drives 3D instruction.

This workshop includes a special field session with park staff so come ready to experience learning about the river. Sign up today!


The South Dakota Discovery Center is a training partner for GLOBE. GLOBE is an international science and education project sponsored by NASA and NOAA dedicated to earth systems monitoring and research. GLOBE trained educators in South Dakota are eligible for mini-grants to purchase classroom supplies to support implementation. Become a GLOBE trained educator through online e-training or at an in person professional development opportunity.


The South Dakota Discovery Center will provide contact hour certificates if you participate in and reflect up a webinar from NASA, GLOBE, or CLEAN. 

Please visit our mini-site for more information.

National Geographic Educator Certification
The South Dakota Discover Center supports South Dakota educators pursuing their National Geographic Educator Certification.  Contact Anne for more information.


The SD Discovery Center offers professional development to formal and non-formal educators in science using proven, high quality, inquiry resources.

We offer:

  • Accredited Hybrid and in person workshops throughout the year in GLOBE, GEMS, the Leopold Education Project and Project WET that include Phase One training of the National Geographic Educator Certification. We can offer these learning opportunities at minimal cost to participants thanks to partnerships with the Space Grant Consortium and the SD Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Many of these opportunities offer a stipend. Educators who are trained in GLOBE are eligible for implementation stipends as well as mini-grants to purchase supplies.
  • CEUs for online training  in GLOBE, Project WET (coming August 2018). We also offer contact hour certificates for those educators who participate in NASA webinars. Some opportunities may offer credits. Contact Anne for more information.
  • Mentoring and coaching for your science staff. Our specialty is empowering elementary and middle school educators to be confident STEM educators. Contact Kristie for more information.


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children and families in our community have access to hands-on science learning, now and in the future.

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