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Education and Outreach

Public outreach

Sanford Lab’s education extends beyond the classroom. In communities across the state, we're working to build excitement about our underground science experiments.
Electoplating activity at neutrino day.
A scientist gives a public talk.

Speakers and public talks

Sanford Lab's commitment to education extends beyond the classroom. Through our Deep Talks series we introduce the public to a host of topics, including nuclear and particle physics, algorithmic art and botany. Sanford Lab Deep Talks takes place the second Thursday of each month, from October through May and is held at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center in Lead. We also travel throughout the state to deliver updates and information about Sanford Lab. Speakers from the Lab give presentations to business groups and universities, and at events, conferences and conventions. If you would like to have someone speak to your group, please contact the Communications Office.
A lab employee talks to Neutrino Visitors

Neutrino Day

We love it when people get excited about science. And what better way to make that happen than with a free science festival? Every year on the second Saturday in July, Sanford Lab hosts Neutrino Day. Visitors can attend science presentations, visit with scientists nearly a mile underground, tour the hoistroom, participate in fun activities for kids and a lot more.
A man looks at a model of the underground.

Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

Completed in 2015, the 8,000-square-foot Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center houses exhibits on the history of Lead, Homestake Mining Company and the science at Sanford Lab, a gift shop and a breath-taking view of the Open Cut. The facility is free and open to the public.