The State of South Dakota and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford invested in the creation of SURF in part for its educational promise. The Sanford Science Education Center was established to help realize this promise.
Formalized in the spring of 2014, the Sanford Science Education Center is a partnership between SURF, Black Hills State University and the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. The SSEC is committed to developing and facilitating rich, innovative learning experiences and preparing the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians and educators.
The SSEC lends support to SURF's Education and Outreach programs, BHSU's Underground Campus and the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center.