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Archaeology Camp 2023

Primary sponsors: South Dakota State Historical Society/Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Archaeology Camp 2023 is for students going into grades 4-6 (no exceptions) for the 2023-2024 school year.  Camp dates are June 6-8, 2023, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central.  The program is structured for students to attend all 3 days.  If a camper cannot attend all 3 full days, they should not sign up.  Registration is limited to the first 20 applicants who have not previously attended. Prior participants may apply, but their names will be added to a lottery and only considered if there are less than 20 new campers.  No walk-in campers will be accepted on camp days.

Registration will begin on Monday, May 1, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. Central Time and will close when the camp is full or on May 3, 2023, whichever comes first.  The registration fee is $30, and only online registrations will be accepted this year.  Registrations are automatically logged in in the order in which they are received.  Please note that in previous years, registration was full and closed within 20 minutes of opening! 

Please be sure to include an e-mail address in the space provided on the form.  All applicants will be notified via e-mail whether or not they have been accepted. 

A few weeks before camp begins, parents or guardians of students accepted will be mailed a letter detailing what campers need to bring and other specifics.  This mailing will also contain two release forms which must be signed and returned no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, May 19.  If the forms are not received by the deadline, the camper will be turned down and replaced with someone on the waiting list.

Please note that, due to renovations at the Cultural Heritage Center, campers must be dropped off and picked up at the Capitol Lake Visitors Center at 650 East Capitol Avenue in Pierre.  This is a change from previous years. 

For more information on the Archaeology Camp, please contact Jenna Carlson Dietmeier at 605-773-8370 or by e-mail at

A separate registration form must be completed for each participant. The $30 camp fee will be processed upon completion of the online checkout.

Registration will not open until 8AM CST on Monday, May 1st. Once open a link will appear below below this highlighted text. Please click on the link and complete your registration. Once capacity has been met, the registration will close and the link will disappear. The printable registration form is listed so you can have your information prepared for the online process.

2023 Archaeology Camp

Tuesday, June 6, 20238:00 amThursday, June 8, 20235:00 pm
Pierre, South Dakota
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