Elementary K-5

Dawn of Freedom

Learn about the role of the Freedman’s Bureau immediately following the Civil War and gain an understanding of what life was like for newly freed people during early reconstruction in Charleston, SC.
  • Program Length: 90 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 5
  • Fee: $125 per group of up to 25 students
  • Location: McLeod Historic Plantation Site

     

Carolina Gold

Explore former rice fields and walk through the various steps required for the cultivation of rice using reproduction artifacts. Examine the roles and influences of enslaved Africans and African Americans on the process, and discuss events associated with the Stono Slave Rebellion that occurred in part at Caw Caw Interpretive Center.
  • Program Length: 90 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 3-5
  • Fee: $125 per group of up to 25 students
  • Location: Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Secrets in the Sand


Beach combing provides beautiful shell treasures, but these animal homes have a history. Explore the food web of the creatures commonly found in our local waters. Students have the opportunity to use shovels and strainers to search for their own beach animals to observe and release. This program complements Barrier Island Ecology.
  • Program Length: 30 minutes
  • Grade Levels: Preschool - 5
  • Fee: $75 per group of up to 25 students
  • Locations: Folly Beach County Park, Kiawah Beachwalker Park, and Isle of Palms County Park

Native Americans of Coastal South Carolina


Explore Native American culture of coastal South Carolina at the time of European settlement. Handle and use reproduction artifacts, like bows and traps, to learn how local tribes successfully used natural resources available to meet their needs.
  • Program Length: 60 minutes
  • Grade Levels: K-5
  • Fee: $100 per group of up to 25 students
  • Locations: James Island County Park, Wannamaker County Park, Palmetto Islands County Park, Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Seining the Sea


Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission staff will pull a net through the surf to catch fish, crabs, jellies, and other sea life. Students will have the opportunity to observe these creatures before they are released.
  • Program Length: 60 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 1-8
  • Fee: $100 per group of up to 25 students
  • Locations: Folly Beach County Park, Beachwalker County Park, Isle of Palms County Park

Barrier Island Ecology


Students of ecology study the relationship between organisms and their environment. In this program, we will do just that on a barrier island. Participants will build barrier islands out of sand, collect animals in the swash zone, and use a seine net to collect fish in the ocean. Through these activities, students will gain an understanding of the ties that link living things with their environment.
  • Program Length: 90 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 3-8
  • Fee: $125 per group of up to 25 students
  • Locations: Folly Beach County Park, Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Isle of Palms County Park

Build Your Own Barrier Island


Barrier islands provide a variety of learning opportunities for students of all ages. In this program, participants will delve into coastal geology by building islands and naming factors that create landscapes unique to the Southeast. Current events involving coastal issues will be discussed at a grade-appropriate level.
  • Program Length: 30 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 4 – 8
  • Fee: $75 per group of up to 25 students
  • Locations: Folly Beach County Park, Beachwalker County Park, Isle of Palms County Park

Salt Marsh Ecology


The salt marsh is a dynamic and fascinating habitat. Students will become familiar with common plants and resident animals, sample phytoplankton, and gain an appreciation of this unique environment through hands-on exploration.
  • Program Length: 90 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 3-8
  • Fee: $125 per group of up to 25 students
  • Locations: James Island County Park, Palmetto Islands County Park

Pond Poking


Explore the adaptations to fresh water of the plants and animals that live in fresh water ponds. Use dip nets to observe insects, fish, amphibians, and plants before releasing them. Not available at Wannamaker.
  • Program Length: 30 minutes
  • Grade Levels: Preschool - 5
  • Fee: $75 per group of up to 25 students
  • Locations: James Island County Park, Palmetto Islands County Park

Moving Right Along (Portable Planetarium)


Observe phases of the moon, and discover differences between the day and night, beyond light and dark. Not available at Palmetto Islands.
  • Program Length: 30 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 1 – 2
  • Fee: $100 per group of up to 25 students*
  • Locations: James Island County Park, Wannamaker County Park or your school

The Sun & Earth (Portable Planetarium)


How do the sun and Earth interact as they rotate and revolve? Monitor seasonal changes, including the way the sun and moon rise and set and the effects on shadow length. Not available at Palmetto Islands.
  • Program Length: 45 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 3 – 5
  • Fee: $100 per group of up to 25 students*
  • Locations: James Island County Park, Wannamaker County Park, or your school

The Earth & Our Moon (Portable Planetarium)


Investigate characteristics of the Earth and moon and how the moon affects the ocean tides. Several telescopes and their purposes are also explored. Not available at Palmetto Islands.
  • Program Length: 30 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 3 – 5
  • Fee: $100 per group of up to 25 students*
  • Locations: James Island County Park, Wannamaker County Park or your school

Follow the Drinking Gourd (Portable Planetarium)


Step back in time to view the night sky that escaping slaves followed to freedom, and discover an important element of African American heritage. Not available at Palmetto Islands.
  • Program Length: 45 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 3 – 5
  • Fee: $100 per group of up to 25 students*
  • Locations: James Island County Park, Wannamaker County Park or your school

Constellations & Our Night Sky (Portable Planetarium)


Constellations paint grand pictures that give us insight into how different cultures saw their world, their universe, and themselves. Not available at Palmetto Islands.
  • Program Length: 45 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 5 – 6
  • Fee: $100 per group of up to 25 students*
  • Locations: James Island County Park, Wannamaker County Park or your school

Habitat Chat


The Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center encompasses several habitats. Students are guided through an investigative activity-based experience. The flora and fauna of a distinct ecosystem will be identified. Samples will be gathered from the area for further observation in the lab.
  • Program Length: 90 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 1-5
  • Fee: $125 per group of up to 25 students
  • Location: Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Birds


Take a close look at beaks, feet, eggs, and feathers. Beginning birders will use binoculars to observe birds in the park and search for bird behaviors such as flight, bathing, and feeding. The unique characteristics of birds that make them suited to so many areas will be explored.
  • Program Length: 60 minutes
  • Grade Levels: K-2
  • Fee: $100 per group of up to 25 students
  • Locations: Caw Caw Interpretive Center, Palmetto Islands County Park, James Island County Park, Wannamaker County Park

Plants for Primary Grades


Students become familiar with how the structures of plants help them survive and grow in their environments. A plant walk will explore the historical role of plants and time with microscopes encourages a close investigation of plant parts.
  • Program Length: 60 minutes
  • Grade Levels: K-2
  • Fee: $100 per group of up to 25 students
  • Locations: Caw Caw Interpretive Center, Palmetto Islands County Park, James Island County Park, Wannamaker County Park

Plants for Primary Grades: McLeod


The McLeod Plantation Historic Site version of this program focuses on plants historically used on Sea Island cotton plantations by enslaved people and their descendants. Emphasis is placed on human connections to the natural world.
  • Program Length: 60 minutes
  • Grade Levels: K-2
  • Fee: $100 per group of up to 25 students
  • Location: McLeod Historic Plantation Site

Plants for Primary Grades: PUMPKINS!


Fall is a beautiful time to come to the park and explore the parts of a plant through the theme of a memorable orange fruit. We'll scoop seeds, role-play plant life cycles, and have fun decorating a pumpkin to take home. This program is only available during October.
  • Program Length: 60 minutes
  • Grade Levels: K- 2
  • Fee: $110 per group of up to 25 students
  • Location: Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Carolina Indigo


Experimented with by Eliza Lucas Pinckney, an enslaved man named Quash, and others, Indigo was an important but short lived cash crop in South Carolina. Investigate the science behind this “magic” dye, learn how enslaved men and women cultivated and processed it, and try your hand at dyeing your own t-shirt.
  • Program Length: 60 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 3-5
  • Fee: $125 per group of up to 25 students
  • Location: Caw Caw Interpretive Center
  • Participants should bring a cotton t-shirt to dye

Custom Programs


Charleston County Park educators will customize programs to meet specific learning objectives. Call 843-762-8015 to arrange a custom tour or program.
For more information or to book your group, call 843-762-8015, or submit this form.