SUMMER 2018 Professional Development

GLOBE in the Field

Date: June 18-22
Location: SD Discovery Center and 3 field days.
Fee: $50 registration fee. Credit extra.
Credit: 2 
Register: GLOBE in the Field

Explore Badlands National Park through science and story telling for educators Grade 4-12.  We will spend one day in class at the SD Discovery Center and three in the field at Sage Creek Primitive Campground exploring the park through field studies and citizen science, engaging with park education staff, and developing a story of our expedition. This opportunity will include a digital storytelling component and Phase 1 of National Geographic Certified Educator training.

Please see for complete course information.

Camping gear provided on a loaner basis if needed but feel free to bring your own! Definitely pack your sense of adventure.

This workshop is sponsored by the 319 Information and Education Project.

GEMS for K-5 Teachers

Date: July 25-26
Location: SD Discovery Center
Fee: $25 registration fee.
Credit: 1 credit undergraduate/graduate credit (approval pending) or up to 15 CEU's (free) available.
Register: GEMS for K-5 Teachers

Kids love (& LEARN from) hands-on science & math lessons. You will be amazed & thrilled by the skills your students gain when you teach these hands-on units. During this workshop we will get your hands-on the materials, activities and lessons plans associated with the standards you teach. Through active involvement we will practice materials & small group management, questioning techniques, linking reading & writing with math & science, and inquiry-based learning.

Those taking the workshop for credit must teach a GEM's lesson by Sept. 30, 2018 and participate in a review of the experience. Times will be arranged at the convenience of the participants.

This workshop is sponsored by the SD Space Grant Consortium.

Made by Teachers for Teachers: Education Portal – Connecting Research to the Classroom

Date: August 1-2, 2018
Location: SD Discovery Center
Fee: Free. Credit extra
Credit: 1 credit (pending)

Register: Education Portal

Get your students excited about STEM and connect them to South Dakota scientists using a new FREE resource! The education portal is a powerful tool that offers curriculum modules aligned with the new SD science standards, that include engaging, hands-on activities, and connections to actual SD scientists and their current research.

This workshop is sponsored by SD EPSCoR.

Discover a Watershed

Date: August 1-2, 2018
Location: Brookings, Dakota Nature Park
Fee: $25. Credit extra

Explore the Missouri River Watershed in this two day workshop using resources from Project WET, National Geographic, and GLOBE. 

Targeted to Grade 4 - 8 educators, this  hands-on workshop will equip you to do inquiry based field explorations with your students.

We will do a "deep dive" into watershed investigations with learning that addresses 5th, 6th,  and 7th grade science and social studies standards including water quality field studies, story mapping, and more!

Sign up today!

This workshop sponsored by the 319 Information and Education Project.


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 hybrid and in person workshops throughout the year in GLOBE, GEMS, the Leopold Education Project and Project WET. Through partnerships with the Space Grant Consortium and the SD Department of Environment and Natural Resources we can offer them at minimal cost to participants.

We also provide contact hour certificates for those educators who would like to earn hours by watching and reflecting on NASA or GLOBE webinars. 

We also facilitate and support National Geographic Educator Certification. We conduct the Phase 1 in person workshop and also will provide contact hour certificates. Accreditation may also be provided.


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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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