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School and Group Programs

These 45-60 minute programs are a powerful way to support your curriculum with material tailored for the grade 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 classroom 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. Program fees are not refundable. Advance registration is required for all programs. One adult participant is required per 8 students. Maximum group size is 25 per program. Please check your desired program from the list below or discuss your requirements with our educators. Program dates and times are scheduled individually by telephone. Please call 656-2836 to check available dates.

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Be sure that your group wears comfortable shoes and appropriate dress. It is helpful 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 plant parts in the Children’s Garden and surrounding woodland areas. Children learn how the various plant parts work to ensure 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
Discover how plants begin their lives by investigating seed diversity, and learning about what it takes to grow a healthy plant. We also investigate how seeds travel and other seed mysteries. (Year-round).
Grade 1 Standards: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 & 2.6

Plants and their partners
Why do butterflies like to visit certain flowers? Explore the ways butterflies and bees choose their favorite plant “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 explorations 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 detailed 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 form 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 European settlement to the Civil War. In this program, students will learn about the experiences of Native-Americans, African- Americans and Europeans and how those experiences were shaped by the land in which they lived.  Participants compare and contrast life of the Hunts, their enslaved workers, and the Cherokee in the upcountry, to inhabitants of other areas of the state, 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 traverses the state through the Longleaf Pine Savanna 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