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TALES Project in the Badlands

  • 15 May 2021
  • 16 Jul 2021
  • Badlands National Park


  • Teachers of Pierre public schools


In the TALES Project in the Badlands PD, K-12 educators go to Badlands National Park for an immersive experience in field work, citizen science, and the outdoors that they bring back to their learners through an artifact of this lived experience (photos, videos, story maps).

This is a hybrid class with remote pre-field work preparation, a synchronous field work experience June 22-24, and an assignment.

During the field session, we will camp in a primitive area of Badlands National Park. There is no electricity or running water but there are vault toilets. Gear is not required, but a sense of adventure is! Basic camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad) is available for a small rental fee.

The Fee is $60 to cover the costs of food, Tuesday dinner through Thursday lunch. Credit is extra.

COVID19 may impact the status of this professional development. Protocols will be determined closer to the date and will follow federal and SD Discover Center guidelines.  Mask wearing when closer than 6 feet or in the food preparation area even outdoors may be required.

We will meet virtually once before the field session, time and date TBD. All assigned pre-session work must be completed by the field session. The assignment is due by July 16.

The final assignment is to create an artifact of your field experience to use your in teaching. The artifact can be photos, video, a story map, or narrative.

For an overview of this session view this video.


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

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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