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Wild Weather Camp

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

Spend four days studying the weather in the Rushmore Region, home to some of the wildest weather in the country—like the world 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, collecting real-time data with  weather stations and weather balloons, and learning  about climate change and how scientists use computer models to predict weather and climate.

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

  • 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 to take measurements of local atmospheric conditions
  • Meet an on-air meteorologist, and watch a live broadcast 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.

ENROLLMENT PROCESS:

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

  1. Submit the online registration
  2. Make full payment. Camper’s spot will only be held for two weeks by registration unless payment is made 
  3. Submit waivers 

Cancellation Policy:

To receive a refund, notice must be given to Shelli Grinager at Shelli.Grinager@sdsmt.edu or 605-394-6144 with the cancelation 30 days before camp

Waitlist Registration

Cost $200
 Current Grades: 8th-12th
June 6-9, 2022

  • Day Camp 9 AM- 3 PM
  • Lunch is provided
  • Registration 8:30 AM Monday June 6
  • Parent Reception 1:00 PM Thursday

    For more information

    Contact Admissions
    (605) 394-6144
    Youth.Programs@sdsmt.edu


Brought to you by —

Adam FrenchWild Weather Summer Camp is directed by Dr. Adam French, a South Dakota Mines expert in tornadoes and thunderstorms. The camp also involves faculty from the 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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