Special Events

Discovery Days

Hands-on science discovery at the Center! From early release days, to special occasions, check out or festival style pop-up events for the whole family.

Meet a Scientist

Mess about with science and learn about stunning innovations and the joy of science discovery from experts! Twice a year, our visitors have the opportunity to interact with experts from all over South Dakota. Our experts are scientists, researchers, and other STEM professionals who have successfully completed our Science Communication Fellowship and have been certified through Portal to the Public as current science ambassadors and excellent science communicators. 

Discovery Nights

Over the summer, you can find Discovery Center activities at the Fort Pierre Summer Nights.

Starry Saturdays

Star Shows are back!
We offer FREE star shows with regular admission the second Saturday of every month from 12-2pm. These 25-minute shows will reveal the night sky in a way you have never seen before. 

Itty Bitty Einsteins – MEMBERS ONLY

These free, members-only events introduce preschoolers and their caregivers to fun, hands-on Discovery Center science. Enjoy hands-on science with your kid(s) and get to know the SD Discovery Center! Join us every first Saturday from 10:30 -11:30 am.


Summer Camp: Sprouts: Tracker

Sprouts: Tracker Pathway: Explorer
Ages: K-2 Grade
Date/time: May...

Standing Butte Field Day

Join us for a day of learning and exploration at the Turner Standing Butte Ranch...

Summer Camp: Shoots: Search and Rescue

Shoots: Search and Rescue Pathway: Explorer
Ages: 3-5 Grade

Summer Camp: Saplings: App Developer

Saplings: App Developer Pathway: Tech
Ages: 6-8 grade

Summer Camp: Seedlings: Nurture Nature

Seedlings: Nurture Nature Pathway: Explorer
Ages: Pre K

Summer Camp: Sprouts: Gardener

Sprouts: Gardener Pathway: Health
Ages: K-2 Grade
Date/time: June...