Coastal camp makes learning fun

By Pam Bryant

Camp Seewee“I didn’t know marine science could be so much fun,” said Aiyanna Drayton, a rising eighth grader from Columbia. “We kayaked, went tubing and crabbing, and took a boat to the barrier island to learn about plants and animals. At night, all the campers sang and played games with our counselors. Tubing was my favorite.”

For seven summers, boys and girls like Aiyanna from all over the U.S. have experienced the beauty and magic of South Carolina’s coast at Camp Sewee. The marine science camp is operated by Clemson’s Youth Learning Institute at the Sewee Coastal Retreat Center on the intra-coastal waterway in Awendaw.

Camp Sewee engages campers in studies of island ecology, marine wildlife, water quality, a fouling lab, raptor rehabilitation demonstrations, orienteering and plant identification. Plus, there’s plenty of fun through tubing and kayaking in the marsh, and trips to the S.C. Aquarium and a water park near Charleston.

Camp Sewee is a partnership of the Youth Learning Institute, the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and Clemson Extension.

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