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School Programs

These 45-60 minute programs are a powerful way to support your curriculum with material tailored to the level of your group. Programs are inquiry-based and correlated with South Carolina Science Standards. Any of these programs can be modified to suit your grade level. Other programs can be developed to suit your needs. 

Registration: Fee is $ 4 per student. Program fees can be paid via web invoice, by procurement card, or by check. Advance payment is preferable. If you must cancel, please notify us immediately to reschedule your program.

Advance registration is required for all programs. One adult participant is free per 8 students, additional adults are $ 4 each. Please check your desired program or list your requirements with our educators. Program dates and times are scheduled individually by telephone. Please email: Allison Jones or Sue Watts to check available dates.

Begin the process of scheduling by completing this form .

Be sure that your group wears comfortable shoes and appropriate dress. It is useful if students wear name tags.


Sensory Adventures
Kindergartners explore living and non-living objects in the Children's Garden. In this hands-on program, students explore the natural world through their five senses. In the process, they discover more about plant and animal lifecycles. (Year-round).
Grade K Standards: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1 & 3.2

Six plant parts!
Explore the diversity of plants in the Children's Garden and surrounding woodland areas. Children learn how to protect the plant's survival. As they hunt for roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds, students discover the dynamic and diverse life cycles of plants in the Garden. (Year-round).
Grade 1 Standards: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 & 2.6

From seed to harvest
Learn how to grow seedlings and learn about seedlings. We also investigate seeds and other seeds. (Year-round).
Grade 1 Standards: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 & 2.6

Plants and their partners
Why do you like butterflies? Explore the ways butterflies and bees choose their favorite "partners" in hands-on investigations. Students visit the Children's Garden and surrounding woods to explore many examples of plant-animal interdependence. (March-October).
Grade 2 Standards: 2.1; 2.2; 2.3; 2.4 & 2.5

Discover wildlife habitats
Have you ever watched a chipmunk scurry to its burrow or a swallow catching insects? Discover the essentials of wildlife habitats in guided tours through the Garden's forests and meadows. Discover the adaptations which enable plants and animals to survive in each environment. (Year-round). 
Grade 3 Standards: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 & 3.5

Forest foray
Enter the complex world of a forest ecosystem to explore the roles of plants, vertebrates, and invertebrates in molding this unique environment. In this thought-provoking program, students examine ways in which habitats change over time, and the creatures and processes that facilitate those transformations. (Year-round).
Grade 4 Standards: 2.1, 2.3, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 & 2.6

Garden ecology
Take a look at one of the Garden's terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems: forest, meadow, pond or stream. Explore the food webs that make up that specific environment. Discover the challenges and limits faced by organisms living there. (Year-round).
Grade 5 Standards: 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 & 2.5

Discover plant diversity
Flowering, cone-bearing and spore-producing plants are all well-represented in the Garden. Discover the spectacular diversity of plants in our perennial gardens and woodlands, then explore the intricacies of plant and function close-up. (February-October).
Grade 6 Standards: 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 & 2.6

Social Studies

Hunt Cabin Programs
Visit the Hunt Cabin to learn about life in South Carolina from the European settlement to the Civil War. In this program, students will learn about the experiences of Native-Americans, African-Americans and Europeans and how they have been shaped by the land in which they lived. Participants compare and contrast the life of the Hunts, their enslaved workers, and the Cherokee in the upcountry, to the inhabitants of the country, particularly the low country.
Grade 3 Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.5 4.1, & 4.2 
Grade 8 Standards: 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

Natural Heritage Trail Programs
Learn about the discovery and settlement for South Carolina from a unique perspective: a walk along the SCBG Natural Heritage Trail. This Trail begins in the Maritime Forest at the coastline of South Carolina and crosses the state through the Longleaf Pine Savannah and Prairie described by South Carolina's first explorers, and then ends in the mountains habitats of the state. Discover how the land shaped South Carolina's history, and how people have changed the land as you walk this fascinating Trail.
Grade 3 Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.5 4.1, & 4.2 
Grade 8 Standards: 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5