Summer Programs 2017

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Preschool Wednesdays

Ages: 4 – 5 years
Time: Wednesdays, 9:00 – 10:30 AM OR 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Location: SD Discovery Center
Fee: non-members: $12 per class
Limit: max: 15 participants

Classes may include a healthy snack related to the theme. Please inform our staff if your child has food allergies.

June 14 Hide and Seek
Explore the predator/prey relationship and how animals use camouflage and other adaptations to survive in the wild. Touch real animal pelts and skulls, play outdoor games, and make a camo vest to wear home.

June 21 Beetles and Butterflies
If you like creepy, crawly bugs and flitty, flying butterflies, come join us for some buggy fun! We will go on a bug hunt, play sensory bingo outdoors, and make an insect to take home.

June 28 Life on a Farm
Squeals will be heard by all as we meet some real farm animals and learn what farm life is all about.

July 12 Teddy Bears Picnic
Bring along your favorite stuffed bear to share in this fun day! Discover how real bears live in the wild. What do they like to eat? Where do they sleep? What do their tracks look like? Play bear games, have a bear snack, and make your own bear to take home.

July 19 First Impressions
Bears, puppies, beetles, and zebras! How do you feel about these and lots of other animals? Investigate all sorts of animals as we play games, make a cool collage, and dance and move like our favorite animals.

July 26 Spider Web Wonders
Join us as we investigate creepy, crawling spiders (all pretend, no real ones invited to this class)! Find out what the difference is between spiders and insects, and make a spider to take home.

Science Thursdays

Ages: 6 – 9 years
Time: Thursdays, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: SD Discovery Center
Fee: non-members: $12 per class
Limit: max: 20 participants

Classes may include a healthy snack. Please inform our staff if your child has food allergies.

June 15 Explore Earth – From Below
The Earth’s sea levels are rising. Learn about how important the ocean is to all life on Earth. Explore what impact rising sea levels have on all of us and how we can adapt to the changing ocean.

June 22 Explore Earth – From Above
How do clouds form and what do they have to do with our weather? Explore how clouds influence the Earth’s climate and how it changes over time. Find out how you can become a citizen scientist and collect data for NASA GLOBE!

June 29 Survive and Thrive
From stinky skunks to flying frogs, come on a journey through the animal kingdom and explore the amazing ways animals survive on earth. Create your own creature with fantastic survival skills!

July 13 Pocket Solar System
Travel through space as we explore and create a scale model of our Solar System. Learn about our planets and stars in their constellations. Enjoy some astronaut ice cream!

July 20 Life Beyond Earth
Where can we discover life beyond Earth? Explore icy ocean worlds and imagine life on other planets. Life on Earth comes in an amazing variety of forms – what could life be like elsewhere in the universe?

July 27 Preparing for the Solar Eclipse
Where are you going to be on August 21? Get ready to observe this once-in-a-lifetime event of a Solar Eclipse. Explore how a Solar Eclipse occurs and why we can see it from Earth.

Science Fridays

Ages: 9 – 12 years
Time: Fridays, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: SD Discovery Center
Fee: non-members: $12 per class
Limit: max: 20 participants

Classes may include a healthy snack. Please inform our staff if your child has food allergies.

June 9 Living with the Sun
We live with the sun every day of our lives. But did you know that the sun varies? Explore how Earth and the Solar System respond to variations in the sun’s intensity and how it impacts us.

June 16 The Changing Earth
Our Earth is changing, but why and how? Explore how the Earth’s land, oceans, and atmosphere change and what impact these changes have on all of us. How will life on Earth adapt?

June 23 Galaxies and Beyond
How does the universe work? How did we get here and are we alone? Explore these big questions that NASA scientists are trying to answer. Learn about the Solar System, the Big Bang, black holes, and life beyond Earth.

June 30 Preparing for the Solar Eclipse
Where are you going to be on August 21? Get ready to observe this once-in-a-lifetime event of a Solar Eclipse. Explore how a Solar Eclipse occurs and why we can see it from Earth.

Special Camps and Classes

Junior Master Gardeners

Ages: 9 – 12 years
Time: Saturdays, June 3 – June 24; 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Location: SD Discovery Center
Fee: non-members: $45 (includes JMG handbook)
Limit: max: 15 participants

Your child can become a certified Junior Master Gardener. We will participate in a wide variety of hands-on gardening activities that can lead to JMG certification. Additionally, club members will be the keepers of our square-foot & butterfly gardens and learn the operating systems in our new greenhouse.

To become a certified Jr. Master Gardener, youth must complete all 8 Golden Ray units. Meetings will focus on one or two units per session. The SD Discovery Center will offer on-going opportunities to help complete the full certification.

This activity is sponsored in-part by funding from the Wellmark Foundation.

Leave no Trace Camp

PEAK – Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids
Elementary school kids: Friday, June 2; 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Leave no Trace TEEN: 6th grade and up, Friday, June 2; 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Leave no Trace for families:
All ages welcome: Saturday, June 3; 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: meet at SD Discovery Center
Fee: non-members: $20
Limit: max: 25 participants

As cities grow and populations encroach upon wildlands and recreation areas, we must do more than just pick up litter and extinguish campfires; we must learn how to maintain the integrity and character of the outdoors for all living things. Leave no Trace programs give kids an opportunity to explore what it means to have fun outside and develop a love for the outdoors while they learn what it means to be responsible in the outdoors.

Outdoor Adventure Camp

Ages: 8 – 12 years
Time: June 12 – 15, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: meet at SD Discovery Center
Fee: non-members: $45
Limit: max: 20 participants
Please inform our staff if your child has food allergies.

Join us for some outdoor fun! Try a variety of activities including archery, snorkeling, biking, kayaking, fort building, animal tracking, and an outdoor scavenger hunt. Each day will include a healthy snack to make and take along on the day’s adventure. A few weeks prior to camp a letter will be sent detailing each day’s activities.

NASA Earth and Space Camp

Launch into space exploration with all your imagination!

Middle School
Ages: 6th – 9th grade
Time:
Girls: July 17 – 21; 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Boys: July 17 – 21; 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Georgia Morse Middle School
Fee: non-members: $50
Limit: max: 20 participants

NASA does earth science from space. Spend the week exploring the kinds of science and engineering NASA does and round off your week in collecting data that will “ground truth” satellite data!

Elementary School
Ages: 2nd – 4th grade
Time: July 24 – 28; 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Jefferson School
Fee: non-members: $50
Limit: max: 20 participants

Gaming Bootcamp

Bootcamp Age 14 – 16
Time: July 10 – 14; 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: The Right Turn
Fee: non-members: $125
Limit: max: 12 participants

Bootcamp Age 10 – 13
Time: July 31 – August 4; 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: The Right Turn
Fee: non-members: $80
Limit: max: 12 participants

Students will design their own video games using a free software system that they will have continued access to after the camp. Learning to code is a 21st Century skill that builds critical-thinking, creativity and research skills. These skills can then be translated into future robotics competitions and career aspirations for students.
For more information, you can check out the Code Bootcamp of South Dakota website at www.sdgamingbootcamp.com.

This camp is sponsored in-part by funding from the Verizon Foundation.

Robotics Camp

Ages: 9 – 14 years
Time: Saturdays, July 22 – August 12, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: SD Discovery Center
Fee: non-members: $35
Limit: max: 15 participants

Learn to build and program a computerized robot that really works! Working with a partner, you will build the robot, hook up the “brain” of the robot to a computer and start the programming. Program your robot to follow a planned course using touch, sound and light sensors.

This camp is sponsored in-part by funding from the Verizon Foundation.

Kids Helping Kids Summer Camps 2017

Wilderness Survival Camp

Ages: 12 years and up
Time:
Boys: Monday, June 5; 12:00 – 9:00 PM
Girls: Monday, June 19; 12:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: meet at SD Discovery Center
Fee: non-members: $40
Limit: max: 15 participants

Join us for this exciting wilderness survival challenge. The kids will be fully immersed in the natural environment, learning useful survival skills and making new friends. The camp focuses on a range of basic survival skills, such as building a fire, animal tracking skills, first aid, wilderness cooking, building a natural shelter and teamwork. Please leave all electronics at home.

Cowgirl / Cowboy Overnight Camp

Ages: 10 – 16 years
Time:
Cowgirls: June 7 – 8; 3:00 PM Wednesday – 3:00 PM Thursday
Cowboys: June 21 – 22; 3:00 PM Wednesday – 3:00 PM Thursday
Location: meet at SD Discovery Center, travel by River Cities Transit to the Antelope Creek Ranch
Fee: non-members: $30
Limit: max: 8 participants

This camp is for every kid who ever wanted to be a cowgirl or cowboy!Qualified staff, experienced horses and a rodeo and roping arena will be the setting for this camp. The atmosphere will encourage campers to advance their riding skills, expand their horsemanship knowledge, learn horse and ranch routines, and enjoy riding. All campers will get to ride and try their hand at rodeo and roping events.

Instruction will be provided and all level of riders will be accommodated. Chuck wagon/Campfire cooking will occur, (weather permitting). Participants will blaze a trail of new experiences. The horses will be the tool for a great new adventure!

This is an overnight camp. Participants will sleep under the stars (or you may bring a tent).

  • Bring a sleeping bag, overnight bag, long pants, sturdy shoes or boots, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a jacket.
  • Riding Helmets will be provided.
  • Please give notice of any allergies or special dietary needs prior to camp.
Native American Culture Camp

Ages: 8 – 14 years
Time: Tuesday, June 20; 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: meet at SD Discovery Center
Fee: non-members: $20, parents free
Limit: max: 15 participants

Learn the unique stories of the Native American people and their relationship with the Buffalo and horses. Enjoy traditional foods and try your hand at traditional games. Observe prairie dog towns and the buffalo range where wildlife live in a natural environment. Closed-toe shoes and long pants required. Wear sunscreen and insect repellent.

Please give notice of any allergies or special dietary needs prior to camp.

Wild West Camp

Ages: 8 years and up
Time: offered twice: Tuesday, June 6 OR Friday, June 9; 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: meet at SD Discovery Center and travel by River Cities Transit to the Antelope Creek Ranch
Fee: non-members: $30
Limit: max: 12 participants

This wild and western day camp features horses, horseback riding, and ranch chores. The great outdoors will provide the setting for fun and hands on learning. All campers will ride.

Basic horsemanship and safety will be taught. Campfire cooking skills will be included, weather permitting. An emphasis will be on confidence building and skill development. All participants will master basic riding, horse grooming and ranch chores.

Long pants, and sturdy shoes or boots, are required – NO open toed shoes or short pants allowed. Bring sunscreen, and insect repellent.

Please give notice of any allergies or special dietary needs prior to camp.

Kids in the Kitchen Camp

Elementary kids ages 6 – 9 years
Time: June 27 – 30; 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Middle school kids ages 10 – 14 years
Time: June 27 – 30; 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Location: Riggs High School Home Ec Room
Fee: non-members: $25
Limit: max:10 participants

Chefs, let’s travel and visit four countries in four days! We’ll discover new places while we mix up tasty treats from around the globe using our garden harvest! Create a traveler’s cookbook and plant a mini kitchen herb garden to take home so you can enjoy cooking all summer!

Teens in the Kitchen Camp

Ages: 8th – 12th grade
Time: July 24 – 27; 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: Riggs High School Home Ec Room
Fee: non-members: $40
Limit: max: 15 participants

In this Summer Cooking Camp, we will teach teens to have fun, eat healthy, develop and hone their cooking skills, experiment in the kitchen, and improve math and reading skills… all in a fun way, while expanding their culinary palate. Actual restaurant experience working side by side with a real chef will be part of the experience.

Making and serving a meal for the SE Methodist Banquet on Thursday night will be the final chapter to an awesome cooking week.

Science Hits the ROAD!
Highmore

Ages: K – 5th grade
Time: Monday, June 12 and 19; 1:00 – 2:00 PM
(Monday, June 26 and July 10 – 24; 1:00 – 2:00 PM contingent upon funding)
Location: Highmore Court House 4-H Extension Office
Fee: Free! Sponsored by Hyde County 4-H Leaders and Haiwick Heritage Farms

Miller

Ages: K – 5th grade
Time: Monday, June 12 – 26 and July 10 – 24; 3:00 – 4:00 PM contingent upon funding
Location: TBA

Gettysburg

Ages: K – 5th grade
Time: Tuesday, June 13 – 27 and July 11; 1:00 – 2:00 PM
(Tuesday, July 18 and 25; 1:00 – 2:00 PM contingent upon funding)
Location: Potter County 4-H Office
Fee: Free! Sponsored by Potter County 4-H Leaders

Onida

Ages: K – 5th grade
Time: Tuesday, June 13 – 27 and July 11; 3:00 – 4:00 PM
(Tuesday, July 18 and 25; 3:00 – 4:00 PM contingent upon funding)
Location: Sully County Library
Fee: Free! Sponsored by Sunrise Bank Dakota and BankWest Foundation
Limit: max: 30. Please register with the Sully County Library: (605)258-2133

Volunteer at the SD Discovery Center

The SD Discovery Center is looking for volunteers (ages 11 & up) this summer!

Use this great opportunity to learn more about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and the backstage works of a science center. Acquire valuable teaching and leadership skills, and help us inspire kids to explore nature and science!

We have three different types of volunteer jobs:

  • Exhibit Hall — helping guests with exhibits & keeping the exhibits clean and ready for guests
  • Gardens — helping guests interact with the garden, plant/weed/water/pick as needed, learn the workings of the greenhouse (training is provided)
  • Camps and Classes — assist our instructors run the classes and camps

Pick one to three days a week, just one or two time slots per day. If you can pick the same time each week, that’s great. If you just want to fill in as needed that works, too. Get a friend to sign up with you, if you like.

To check volunteer opportunities and sign up click here.

GLOBE TEAM

Ages: 9th – 12th grade
Time: Wednesday, August 9; 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: SD Discovery Center
Fee: Free!
Limit: max: 12 participants

GLOBE Team is for high school students interested in doing science. We will use the GLOBE protocols to investigate our local environment, go on learning expeditions, collaborate internationally and inspire scientific outreach in our community! Join us for our kick off on a kayaking learning expedition.

To sign up:Eventbrite - GLOBE Team

Kayaking Try It

Ages: Adults and teens. Under 14 with an adult
Time: Saturday, June 17; 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: Griffin Park Campground Beach
Fee: Use our kayaks and life jackets non-members: $25. Use your own kayak and life jacket non-members: $15.
Limit: max: 12 participants

Want to try kayaking before you buy a kayak? Do you think kayaking looks fun but aren’t sure you will like it or that you are strong enough? Do you have a kayak but want to improve your paddling skills? We have a class for you!

In this three hour intro to kayaking for adults and teens we will learn the basics of good paddling, including fitting your life jacket, kayak entry and exits, paddling strokes, and wet exits. We will finish with a leisurely paddle along the length of La Framboise Island.

Bring sunscreen, water bottle, clothes that can get wet including shoes for wet exit practice, towel, dry clothes, hat. Dry bags recommended for phone and electronics.

To sign up: Eventbrite - Kayaking Try It