Wheaton in the Black Hills

Rediscover the Outdoors!


About the Program

The Wheaton College Science Station offers the College's longest running off-campus program on fifty acres in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

The summer program offers courses to meet the Christ at the Core general education requirement (introductory geology, astronomy, meteorology, and/or environmental science), and required biology courses for environmental science and biology majors (zoology, botany, and ecology) every year. Courses required for the Certificate in Environmental Sustainability and Aequitas Sustainability Cohort are also offered every year. Field courses for geology majors are every other year.

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About the Wheaton College Science Station 

There is probably no better locality in the U.S. offering the diversity of life and geological features as this mountainous “island in the plains.”

The Wheaton College Science Station was established for field instruction in the natural sciences in 1935. Located at 4400 feet above sea level, our beautiful 50-acre campus is surrounded by the Black Hills National Forest and scenic Rapid Creek. Here students have ample opportunity to study God’s creation under competent and enthusiastic instructors in the atmosphere of a friendly Christian community.


Courses are offered in astronomy, meteorology, biology, geology, and environmental science for both science and non-science majors. Biology and environmental science majors may complete 4 or 8 credit hours of major requirements while non-science majors can satisfy their entire general education science requirement in one summer at the Science Station.

Each course provides a unique experience in the study of Creation in a field setting.

Opportunities to Explore

Much can be learned on and around the Science Station campus, but frequent trips are taken to explore many nearby sites of scientific interest including woodlands, streams, and meadows in the Black Hills National Forest, several National Parks and Monuments (Badlands, Devil’s Tower, Wind and Jewel Caves, Mt. Rushmore), and State Parks (Custer and Bear Butte). Geology, environmental science, and biology majors journey to the Big Horn and Beartooth Mountains, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks. Opportunities abound for wilderness recreation at the Science Station and surrounding areas.

Not a Wheaton Student? You Can Still Study With Us!

Students from other colleges and universities are welcome to enroll in courses at the Wheaton College Science Station.

Contact Us

Wheaton College

Department of Earth and Environmental Science 
501 College Ave. 
Wheaton, IL 60187

Phone: (630) 752-6000

Email: black.hills@wheaton.edu 

Our contact information changes when our program begins. Reach us during the summer (late May to early August) through the following:

Wheaton College Science Station
10595 Wheaton Road
Rapid City, SD 57702

Phone: (630) 752-6000

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