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Wild Weather Summer Camp

Face nature's fury: lightning, tornadoes, blizzards, and more

Spend a week studying the weather in the Rushmore Region, home to some of the wildest weather in the country—like the national record for fastest temperature change. The 50-degree drop in an hour shattered windows as the temperature dipped below freezing, above, and back down again. 

Get a hands-on experience in weather forecasting, including learning about tornadoes from local experts, setting up weather stations around the Black Hills with direct access to state-of-the-art equipment, and learning about flash floods firsthand from the historic spot of the most devastating flood in South Dakota history.

Hands-on. Hi-tech. All in the beautiful Black Hills.

  • Get an inside peek at the making of a monster storm. Learn how tornadoes and thunderstorms form and how meteorologists predict these phenomena.
  • Observe thunderstorm development over the Black Hills (weather permitting).
  • Launch large weather balloons to observe the upper atmosphere.
  • Set up weather stations in teams around the beautiful Black Hills.
  • Meet an on-air meteorologist, watch a live broadcast, and do a mock forecast at a local TV station.
  • Learn how to analyze weather maps and make a forecast.
  • See firsthand how changes to the climate may affect local ecosystems such as streams, plants, and organisms.                  
  • Visit the Rapid City National Weather Service office and meet with experts in the field.
  • Please note final activities may vary.


All campers must complete the following items before their summer camp application will be evaluated.

  1. Submit the online registration.
  2. Submit a Student Interests Statement along with the online registration. In no more than 400 words, answer the following in a short essay:
    • More about you and your interests
    • Why you want to attend this camp and what you hope to learn
    • What attributes you bring to the camp
  3. Provide contact information (name, email and phone number) of a trusted teacher so that we can ask that they complete a brief recommendation survey for the student. 

It's important to note that acceptance into each camp is not guaranteed. Evaluation and notification will take place for each student after the registration form, personal essay, and teacher recommendation are completed and returned to SD Mines Summer Camps. 


REGISTER NOW Payments and Forms

Date: June 7-12, 2020
Cost: $975
Grades: 9th-12th    

  • Includes camp, activities, supplies, room and board
  • $300 registration deposit, applied to cost of program
  • Minimum enrollment must be met
  • Learn more about camp schedules, travel details, and more here!
  • Scholarships are available!  

For more information

Contact Admissions,   
(605) 394-2414                                   

Brought to you by —

Adam FrenchWild Weather Summer Camp is directed by Dr. Adam French, an SD Mines expert in tornadoes and thunderstorms. The camp also involves faculty from the SD Mines Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Program which offers undergraduate and graduate studies in meteorology and atmospheric sciences. ( Learn more about what atmospheric scientists and meteorologists do).


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