The day begins at the Visitor Center, where visitors can sign up for a free Yates Hoistroom tour. The trolley will be used for hoistroom tours only, which begin at 8:30 a.m. Public parking is not available at Sanford Lab, so school buses will pick up visitors at the Visitor Center beginning at 8:45 a.m. and shuttle them to locations and events throughout the day. 

The Visitor Center will be a hub of activity. Through engaging demonstrations, visitors can explore rock formations and fire safety; scour the galaxy using a solar telescope; and visit the hydration station. Inside, visitors can tune in to live video chats with scientists underground at the 4850 Level or peruse the many exhibits on display. And while there, guests can stop at the Davis Ring installation.