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Exploring Badlands National Park: A Field Based PD

  • 15 Jun 2020
  • 8:30 AM
  • 18 Jun 2020
  • 1:00 PM
  • Wall and Badlands National Park


  • Requires registration code
  • Available only to contracted teachers in the Pierre and Eagle Butte school districts.


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 (Monday June 15) to learn the field protocols and then move to Sage Creek Campground which will be our base for field studies and exploring the park till Thursday noon (June 18).

This year's special theme will be using Google Geo tools to teach with stories told with maps, data, photos and more. We will also use BEETLES, iNaturalist and GLOBE for our field work. We are honored to have botanist and enrolled Ogalala Sioux tribal member Richard Sherman guide us on an ethno-botany hike.

This cross curricular PD is designed to give you experiences to use as teaching artifacts in your classroom and equip you to teach in and about the outdoors. 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.

Dates: June 15-18
Location: Wall, Badlands National Park
Fee: Member $25, In State $50, Out of State $100, School district membership Free
Credit: Two 
Grade target: K-12

Sponsored by the SD 319 Information and Education Project and
the SD Space Grant Coalition
with support from Wild Idea Buffalo Company.


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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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