Education

Through our educational field trips, students learn about science, history or math; art and culture; mining history; and geology. The trip starts with the exhibits at the Visitor Center, a view of the open cut, and an educational activity. You can also choose to take tours of the Historic  Homestake Opera House , the Black Hills Mining Museum and a surface tour at Sanford Lab.

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Black Hills Mining Museum

  • Tour the simulated underground gold mine
  • Pan for gold (extra charge)

Historic Homestake Opera House

  • Tour the Opera House
  • Experience this huge theater built in 1914 that boasted a heated indoor swimming pool, a bowling alley, and billiards hall. Experience the amazing acoustics, climb the grand staircase to the new Interpretive Exhibit, and plan to attend one of 50 year-round concerts, theatre, and events.
  • Learn about the geology that led to the area's gold
  • Learn about what is going on underground and why researchers are working 4850 feet below ground
  • Ride the trolley and see how the hoist room works and were the researchers around the world go underground
  • Participate in a scavenger hunt around the facility
  • Science Experiments from Edible Chemistry to molecule madness! 

Sanford Underground Research Facility

  • Activity and tours focus on the science experiments and engineering on the 4850 Level of Sanford Lab, all geared toward grade level. Learn about water flow, treatment and environmental monitoring; cosmic rays; geology; and more.  

Customize a Program for your Class

  • 1.5 Hours: Choose 1 activity
  • 3 Hours: Choose 2 activities
  • Full Day: Choose 3 or more activities

All activities aligned to SD Department of Education standards for grades 3-5 or 6-8 in history, science or math. Picnic area available for outdoor lunch at Manuel Brothers Park adjacent to the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center.

Cost

$3.00-$10.00 / student
*Price dependent on number of activities.
**Teachers, chaperons and bus drivers are free of charge.

Contact

Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
Donna Job, Executive Director
(605) 584-3110

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