Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes

The ultimate goal of the South Dakota 319 watershed information and education project is clean water through watershed protection. The primary objective of the Information and Education Project is that citizens support and voluntarily participate in programs and practices that protect watersheds.

The measurable outcomes that will achieve this objective are:

Outcome 1. Increased awareness and/or knowledge of watershed ecology.

Outcome 2. Increased awareness of non-point source pollution causes, effects and remedies and awareness of and participation in non-point source best management practices.

Outcome 3. Increased capacity to deliver non-point source information and education.

For more information please contact Anne.


The SD Discovery Center through the 319 I&E Project offers the following watershed information and education resources:


The SD Discovery Center administrates provides several minigrant projects:

Minigrants to reach adult and community audiences. Please see www.sd319minigrants.com for more information.

Minigrants to provide teachers with supplies for GLOBE investigations.

Volunteer Monitoring

 A citizens monitoring project conducted through the East Dakota Water Development District.

Water Festivals: 

Funds are available to support a water festival or other festival style event for Grades 4-12 with a water component. Water Festivals that receive support from I&E are:

Sioux Empire. (Sioux Falls area)
Grades 4-5
March. Tuesday/Wednesday of University of Sioux Falls’ spring break
Contact: https://sewf.org/

Big Sioux Water Festival. (Brookings and surrounding counties.)
Grades 4-5
2nd Tuesday in May
Contact: http://www.bigsiouxwaterfestival.org/

Missouri River Watershed Festival. (Yankton_
Grades 7-12
Contact: Tim Cowman 

Vermillion River Days.
Grade 6
Contact: Grace Freeman

Northern Prairie Water Festival. (Aberdeen)
Grades 4-5
Third Thursday in September.
Contact: Lindsey.Simon@sd.nacdnet.net

Central South Dakota Water Festival. (Pierre/Ft. Pierre and surrounding counties.)
Grades 4-5
Fourth Tuesday of September
Contact: Anne Lewis


We provide professional development to educators and agency staff to equip them to integrate hands-on, high quality watershed learning into their outreach. We are happy to design a training for your educators or staff to meet specific needs. Please see our professional development page for information about scheduled workshop opportunities.

Earth Echo Water Challenge. 

The Earth Echo Water Challenge is an international project dedicated to building awareness of water quality through citizen monitoring. The 319 I&E Project supports Earth Echo Water Challenge by providing monitoring kits to schools, Scout groups, 4H clubs and other youth organization. Fill out this form to request kits. In filling out the form, you agree to respond to a short follow up survey, describing how the kits were used.


Envirothon is a natural resources competition for teams of 5 high school students. Students complete in skills and knowledge regarding aquatic ecology, soils, forestry, wildlife and a current issue.

National Geographic GeoChallenge

Support available from the SD Discovery Center

Protect our waterways! The theme for 2019-2020 National Geographic GeoChallenge  competition is Tackling Plastic! The GeoChallenge is a project based learning experience for teams of 4-6 young people in Grades 4-5 and 6-8 to tackle the problem of plastic waste in our water ways. Teams learn about the issue and develop an innovative solution to protect our water. Teams from schools/organizations including homeschools, out of school time programs, and youth-serving organizations are eligible to participate and it's free to register. Read more about the GeoChallenge.

The South Dakota Discovery Center is pleased to announce that, thanks to our 319 Information and Education Project funding, we will be able to support South Dakota teams with a supplies minigrant (capped at $50 per team) to develop their Tackling Plastic! solutions and project portfolios. We truly regret not being able to resource all teams but our funding is limited to South Dakota.

How does this work?

Follow these easy steps.

  1. Learn about and sign up to participate in the National Geographic GeoChallenge
  2. Gather the team and have them learn about the plastic waste in our waterways as well as design an innovative solution to prevent/remediate it. Teams develop a video presentation about their solution being as innovative and creative as their imaginations will allow. 
  3. South Dakota coordinators and coaches can apply for funding to help purchase supplies. Apply for the minigrant.
  4. Submit your team's project portfolio by January 16, 2020. If your team is selected to go to a regional competition in Spring of 2020, travel support may be available from the South Dakota Discovery Center.

Questions? Contact Anne or call 605-224-8295.

Disclaimer: This minigrant is not sponsored by National Geographic or the GeoChallenge. Participation in the minigrant program is optional and will have no bearing on the outcome of the GeoChallenge. The South Dakota Discovery Center is administering this minigrant opportunity for South Dakota GeoChallenge teams in support of the GeoChallenge but does not represent the GeoChallenge or National Geographic. 


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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