The South Dakota Discovery Center offers an array of curricular resources that will engage your learners in inquiry based, hands-on exploration of watersheds and the world at large.


GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is an international science and education project that involves students in investigating the Earth's Systems through collecting data using standardized protocols, reporting data using an internationally accessible database, and participating in research projects and field campaigns.

GLOBE is active in 112 countries with over 66,000 teachers participating world wide.

Students who participate in GLOBE:

  • collect and report data on local environmental conditions to an internationally accessible data base,
  • contribute data to field campaigns coordinated by scientists, and
  • do research using data collected from their school's site and sites around the world.

GLOBE equips teachers to meet standards by using science and engineering practices to explore disciplinary core ideas.

While the GLOBE resources are freely available through the website, only GLOBE trained teachers can enter data into the GLOBE database. The database is a connection to thousands of other students and teachers around the world as well as research scientists.

Check out  our Professional Development page for upcoming GLOBE training opportunities. GLOBE trained teachers are eligible for stipend opportunities, mini-grants and advanced training.

GLOBE Mini-grants
Grants of up to $750 to purchase monitoring supplies and resources will be made available to GLOBE trained educators in South Dakota. By applying for this grant, educators agree to collect and report data within a year of purchase. Complete this mini-grants application.

Project WET

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is a multi-disciplinary curriculum dedicated to teaching about all aspects of water. The hands-on activities engage learners in understanding important water concepts.  Curriculum available only through training. A sampler curriculum is available for $5.00 to cover shipping and handling. Contact Anne to request a sampler or schedule a training (minimum 8 participants. Check the Professional Development. page for upcoming workshops.

Leopold Education Project

The Leopold Education Project uses the writings of Aldo Leopold in A Sand County Almanac to help students explore and think about the natural world. Participants will learn to “read the landscape” and in the spirit of Leopold use their journals to record data, make observations, analyze situations, reflect on questions. Curriculum which includes A Sand County Almanac is available only through a workshop.

To schedule a half day training, please contact Anne Lewis.


Upcoming events

  • 1 Sep 2020
    805 W Sioux Ave, Pierre SD 57501

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Friends of the South Dakota Discovery Center. 
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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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