Education ProgramsThe programs offered at the EDC actively engage students in learning about nature and the environment and are correlated with South Carolina Science Academic Standards.
Teachers are encouraged to bring their public, private and home school classes to the EDC to engage in standards-based activities that will further their knowledge of the natural world while they have fun outside the classroom.
Most programs run from 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM. All programs (except high school levels) include a themed, guided nature walk.
There is no charge for our programs; however, specific times and dates must be reserved. Call the EDC at (843)-389-0550 to schedule a field trip or outreach experience.
Note: Programs occur rain or shine! Please encourage your students to wear clothing and shoes that are appropriate for outdoor activities (including off-trail walking) and weather conditions.
Bring your lunch and enjoy the day - picnic tables are available!
Bring the EDC to your classroom! (Available to schools within Florence County during the months of November-February).
Outreach programs are listed with an asterisk.
Sensational Seasons *
Students will learn about the four seasons and the weather that occurs throughout. We'll also discuss how animals and plants deal with the changing seasons.
Growing Up Wild
Students will learn how different animals grow and change throughout their life cycle.
First GradeEye on the Sky
Students will gain an understanding of the features and patterns of the sun and moon. Students will also have the opportunity to safely view the sun using one of our Sunspotter scopes (weather permitting).
The Tiny Seed
Students are introduced to the life cycle of a plant through an interactive story. They will also plant their own seeds to take back to the classroom (as well as a planting journal) for continued study.
Second GradeWeather Watcher *
Students will become weather watchers and learn how to identify different weather conditions. They will also make a "weather window" for use in identifying clouds.
Extinction is Forever
Students will learn about the needs and characteristics of animals as they study endangered and threatened species of South Carolina. After classifying these species, students will graph the results and determine what steps can be taken to slow the extinction rate.
Third GradeBirds and Worms
Students learn about characteristics and adaptations as they pretend to be birds in search of "worms" in this physically involved outdoor activity.
Students will learn about and examine different types of fossils as well as gain an understanding of how they are formed. They will also have the opportunity to make their own fossil or fossil rubbing to take home.
Fourth GradeHow Many is Too Many? *
Students portray black bears while looking for one or more components needed to survive in their distinct environment. They will learn about limited resources and carrying capacity during this physically involved activity.
Fifth GradeEcosystem Investigation
Students examine various characteristics of the environment including sunlight, soil moisture, temperature, wind, plants and animals. They'll look for producers and consumers; predator and prey and then, put it all together to draw conclusions about how nonliving characteristics influence the living elements in an ecosystem.
Sixth GradeTreemendous Trees *
Using "tree cookies", students will examine a cross section of a tree trunk to learn the parts of a tree and the resources need-ed to help it grow.
Wonders of Wildlife *
Using a variety of live animals common to SC, we'll teach your students about different animal adaptations and structures and how each species uses those features to survive in their individual habitats.
Seventh GradeHealthy People/Healthy Habitats *
Students examine the connection a healthy environment has to human health. Students will conduct their own experiment which demonstrates how quickly and easily diseases can spread through wildlife and human populations.
Eighth GradeEarth's History *
Using fossil molds and the geo-logic time scale, students will examine the diversity of life forms that have inhabited Earth throughout time.
Water Quality Assessment
2 hours - up to 30 students
Students will use scientific monitoring devices to perform a chemical analysis of the Lynches River including temperature, pH, phosphates/nitrate levels, and dissolved oxygen levels to determine overall water quality.
Lost in the Wild
2 hours - up to 30 students
Students must work as a team during this "survival" activity. Students will learn how to use their pace to measure an area of land. Then, they'll use a map and compass to find the resources needed to survive in the wilderness and ultimately be rescued in this physically involved activity.
Bring the EDC to your classroom with this one-hour program for all grade levels. This program features live reptile species common to SC and teaches your students about the role and importance of reptiles in the ecosystem (only available to schools within Florence County during the months of November, December, January and February).
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