Central South Dakota Water Festival


The Central South Dakota Water Festival is a free hands-on learning event about all aspects of water for 5th graders in Central South Dakota. This half day event features five 25 minutes hands-on sessions about some aspect of water. It's fun! It's educational! It helps you start your year off right!


The 2019 Festival is scheduled for Tuesday, September 24.


The Festival has two repeating sessions.

  • Morning 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Afternoon 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Schools that travel more than hour can request a floating session which overlaps morning and afternoon sessions.


The Festival is held at the South Dakota Discovery Center at 805 W Sioux Ave. Maps are provided of the grounds. Educators can stop by the week before (until 5) for a tour. After hours tours can be arranged by contacting Anne. The tour will take about 15 minutes.

Special Session

We have again requested an interactive ship-to-shore presentation with the Exploration Vessel Nautilus (E/V Nautilus) from 11:30am - 12:00pm. E/V Nautilus is operated by the nonprofit Ocean Exploration Trust founded by Dr. Robert Ballard to conduct pure ocean exploration.

If you are concerned about managing lunch, we invite you to bring sack lunches for before or after the special session to enjoy at a nearby park. You can contact your food services director to arrange lunches for those who qualify for free and reduced price lunches. (Advice from the Food Services Director is sooner is better!) The South Dakota Discovery Center is located near Steamboat and Griffin Parks and is just a short drive from Fisher Lilly park in Fort Pierre.

Due to space constraints, participation in the live remote with E/V Nautilus is limited.