Through our educational field trips, students learn about science, history or math; art and culture; mining history; and geology. The trip starts with the exhibits at the Visitor Center, a view of the open cut, and an educational activity. You can also choose to take tours of the Historic  Homestake Opera House , the Black Hills Mining Museum and a surface tour at Sanford Lab.


Black Hills Mining Museum

  • Tour the simulated underground gold mine
  • Pan for gold (extra charge)

Historic Homestake Opera House

  • Tour the Opera House
  • Experience this huge theater built in 1914 that boasted a heated indoor swimming pool, a bowling alley, and billiards hall. Experience the amazing acoustics, climb the grand staircase to the new Interpretive Exhibit, and plan to attend one of 50 year-round concerts, theatre, and events.

Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

  • Learn about the geology that led to the area’s gold
  • Learn about what is going on underground and why researchers are working 4850 feet below ground
  • Participate in a scavenger hunt around the facility
  • Science Experiments from edible chemistry to molecule madness!

Visit Lead Trolley Tours

  • Ride the trolley and get a full story of Lead including the history, present and future!

Customize a Program for Your Class

  • 1.5 Hours: Choose 1 activity
  • 3 Hours: Choose 2 activities
  • Full Day: Choose 3 or more activities

All activities are STEAM oriented for grades 3-5 or 6-8 in history. Picnic area available for outdoor lunch at Manuel Brothers Park adjacent to the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center.


$3.00-$12.00 / student
* Price dependent on number of activities.
** Teachers, chaperons and bus drivers are free of charge.


Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
Leigha Patterson, Assistant Director (605) 584-3110