Custer State Park Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center

The Peter Norbeck Visitor Center was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and has served millions of Custer State Park visitors over the last 80 years. Named after visionary Governor, U.S. Senator and Custer State Park founder Peter Norbeck, the Center is located across from the Game Lodge and near the popular Grace Coolidge Trail. Over time, the space in the historic building had become too small to accommodate the increasing number of park guests and the exhibits have become out-of-date and worn. 

The beautiful building and site still have a role to play in enhancing the visitors’ experience in Custer State Park by informing and enriching all their experiences. The building was repurposed to create an up-to-date education center. The refurbished center better serves students, families and others who want to take part in the many existing and planned naturalist programs offered by Park Rangers. 

The new Custer State Park Visitor Center will introduce visitors to the many opportunities for outdoor recreation, wildlife viewing, and other unique activities the Park has to offer. The Norbeck Outdoor Education Center and an accompanying amphitheater are the focus of one of these unique activities. Naturalist-led educational programs including interpretive hikes, nature walks, campfire talks, naturalist presentations directed towards park animals and plants are the main focus of the Education Center. Refurbished exhibits will focus on the park’s and region’s natural history including wildlife, mining, forestry, geology and hydrology.

$95,000 of the $620,000 needed to renovate the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center remains to be raised. Recognition levels begin at $25,000.



For information, please contact Lindsey Hildebrand at 605.773.4503 or via email.