Keys to Our Natural World
South Carolina State Parks provide a spectacular backdrop for
some of the state's most significant natural resources. State
parks that represent the state's diversity -- from the rises of
the Blue Ridge to the sand dunes of the Atlantic -- provide a
fresh approach to science education. The Discover
Nature tract's primary objectives are to:
- Enlighten school students on the significance and importance
of South Carolina's natural resources.
- Make the connection between the natural world and themselves.
- Encourage stewardship of South Carolina's natural resources.
- Directly relate to math and science curriculum.
- Develop scientific and technological skills through local
experiments and data collection.
Hunting Island State
Park - Hunting Island is an island in transition.
Every second of every century, barrier islands are constantly
changed by nature's forces. Through hands-on activities, on-site
exploration and unique encounters, students can experience
and learn about these forces and how they affect the natural
world, plus how the plants and animals of a barrier island
must adapt to survive.
Grades 3, 5 and 7
(Beaufort County - 843.838.7437)
Huntington Beach State Park
- With its marshes, maritime forest and beach, the
educational focus of Huntington Beach fosters an understanding of how natural communities are interdependent
on each other and dependent on us. To protect our natural
heritage, we must learn that we are part of, not apart from,
the natural world. Through observation and hands-on activities,
students gain an understanding of the importance of the resources
found on this park and enhance their appreciation of environmental
issues facing their own communities.
Grades 4, 5 and 7
(Georgetown County - 843.235.8755)
Lee State Park - The educational focus at
Lee is building a foundation for long-term protection of the
natural resources of the State Scenic Lynches River and its
associated hardwood floodplain forest. Students who visit Lee
State Park sample water from the Lynches River and
associated wetlands. Here they discover aquatic organisms,
investigate water quality, debate water issues and develop
data collection and analysis skills.
Grades 3, 4, 5 and 6
(Lee County - 803.428.5307 or 803.428.4988)
Mountain Bridge Wilderness
Area (Jones Gap State Natural Area and
Caesars Head State Park) - The Mountain Bridge Wilderness
Area covers more than 10,000 acres of exceptional mountain
habitat including Jones Gap and Caesars Head State Parks.
Education at this site strives to foster an understanding
and appreciation of the Mountain Bridge, the Southern Appalachian
Mountains and the Blue Ridge Escarpment. Through expert instruction
and hands-on field experiences, students can investigate the
geology, geography and ecology of the area.
4 and 6
(Greenville County - Caesars Head 864.836.6115;
Jones Gap 864.836.3647)
Myrtle Beach State Park
- Even in the middle of the vast development of the Grand
Strand, Myrtle Beach State Park remains an oasis of green
where visitors can learn to appreciate the importance of our
natural coastal resources. Through exploration, hands-on
activities and personal experiences, students learn about these resources,
the importance of protecting them, and the need for their
continued existence in highly developed areas.
Grades 1, 2 and 5
(Horry County - 843.238.0874)
Paris Mountain State Park -
One of the oldest protected areas in the
state is gaining popularity as a beautiful retreat in a
metropolitan area. Formerly a watershed for the city of
Greenville, the 1,540-acre Paris Mountain features four
stream-fed lakes, Mountain Creek, large stands
of old growth hardwood forests that canopy over hiking and
biking trails. The hardwoods are even more spectacular in the
fall, when they produce the golds, reds and oranges of autumn.
Developed from 1935-1940 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the park
continues to display CCC craftsmanship in several buildings and
Grades 2 and 5
(Greenville County - 864.244.5565)
Sesquicentennial State Park
Utilizing the park’s sand hill and aquatic ecosystems
coupled with its unique location in an urban area, Discover
Carolina programs will teach students the importance of
urban green space and conservation of our natural resources
through hands-on activities and on-site explorations.
Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade
(Richland County - 803.788.2706 or 803.788.8332)
Table Rock State Park
- Education at Table Rock State Park encourages the responsible
use and stewardship of very special places by fostering an
awareness and appreciation of Table Rock Mountain, its associated
natural resources, its long cultural history and the threats
it faces. Through exploration and hands-on activities, students
can learn how the natural world is interdependent. They'll
also learn the value of stewardship to ensure the survival
of these natural and historic treasures.
Grades 5 and 8
(Pickens County - 864.878.9813 or 864.878.7269)