Black Hills State University is now accepting students, ages 8-10, for the Summer Exploration Institute (SEI) that will be held on campus July 11-15.

SEI will engage students in classroom activities that set the stage for field trips to the D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery, the Fort Meade area, and the Western Heritage Center. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a community service project, investigate archeological sites, and explore a campsite that is over 100 years old. SEI allows students to take a trip through time to understand what living in the Black Hills is all about.

The program is designed and directed by BHSU assistant professor of education, Dr. Mary Jones, who has 23 years of experience in developing programs and writing curriculum. SEI teachers include six BHSU education students and graduates, five of whom are working on their gifted certification.

The curriculum developed for SEI will be donated to the D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery and the Western Heritage Center to use with school groups. All participants will have a curriculum book with the background information for all the lessons and activities they participate in during the week, as well as family homework activities for each day.

Registration deadline is July 1. The cost of the Institute is $40 and does not include meals. Participants may bring their own snacks or lunch. For more information or to register for SEI visit edoutreach.BHSU.edu/registration, then click on Summer Exploration Institute or contact Jones at Mary.Jones@BHSU.edu or 605-642-6833.