Save the Date!

Badlands National Park Field Based PD
June 15-18, 2020

Go beyond hands-on to full immersion in this four day/three night field based PD in Badlands National Park. We spend one day in Wall (June 15) learning the protocols and then move to Sage Creek Campground which will be our base for field studies and exploring the park and its resources till Thursday noon.

This year's special theme will be using Google Earth tools. We will also use iNaturalist and GLOBE for our field work. All meals from Monday night to Thursday breakfast are provided. A limited amount of REI quality gear (sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent) is available to rent.

The cost is $50 for South Dakota educators, $100 for out of state educators. 2 credits available for an extra fee. Registration opening Feb 18.

Questions? Contact Anne.

Sponsored by the SD 319 Information and Education Project and the SD Space Grant Coalition

Links to presentations at the 2020 SD STEM Ed Conference Feb 7-8


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.
  • 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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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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