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Live Animal Encounters!
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Join us this summer and get an up close look at wildlife in the Lowcountry. Birds, reptiles, mammals…so many fascinating critters to learn about in the Lowcountry. We are welcoming animal experts from around the region – and their animals – on site for special educational presentations with plenty of up-close viewing. Topics vary – please see below for the schedule or check the event calendar.

Reservation are required. Call 843 689 6767 x223 to make reservations.

$12 per adult, $7 per child ages 5-12, 4 and under are free

Lowcountry Snakes – Tuesdays June 7th, July 19th – 11 AM
From the venomous rattle snakes to colorful milk snakes, our region is home to numerous species that play essential roles in our ecosystem.  Join Coastal Kingdom’s Tony Mills for an up close and personal session with a variety of these fascinating reptiles.

Lowcountry Raptors – Tuesdays June 14th, July 12th, and August 2nd – 11 AM
Raptors play an important role on our ecosystem and have some impressive survival skills too. A few extraordinary birds will visit from Lowcountry Raptors so you can get an up close look at these amazing creatures. (On June 14th there is also a 9:30 program geared more towards children)

Owls: Creatures of the Night – Tuesdays June 21st, July 5th, and August 9th – 11 AM
This is your chance to see these mysterious creatures of the night and learn about their incredible adaptations that enable them hunt in the dark. Nancy Owen of Gryphon Den Creatures of the Night, Inc. will be here to introduce you to a few feathered wildlife ambassadors.

Oatland Wildlife Center – Thursdays June 30th and July 28th – 11:30 AM
Reptiles, birds, and mammals! Outland Wildlife Center staff will share a variety of animals that can be found in the lowcountry. Learn about each critters unique characteristics and importance.

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Horseshoe Crabs: Living Fossils

With its tough, helmet-like body, and long, pointed tail, the horseshoe crab is one of the most intriguing and misunderstood marine invertebrates found in our marine waters. Dive in with us as we investigate the adaptations that have allowed these animals to successfully survive in the ocean for millions of years. Discover the importance of this living fossil and how their blue blood protects humans. See live juvenile horseshoe crabs. Explore the horseshoe crab’s life cycle, learn about their spawning behavior, and find out where and when you can find horseshoe crabs spawning in the Lowcountry!

These one hour special presentations are coordinated in conjunction with horseshoe crab spawning season. After this indoor presentation you will be provided with information about where you can find spawning horseshoe crabs. You can begin your quest to find horseshoe crabs spawning just hours after the presentation. (This program does NOT include a field trip to the beach to see active spawning.)

April 20, 21, May 5, 6, 23 at 5:30pm.

$7 per person
Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or register online.

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Segway Tour
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Want to learn about nature and have fun at the same time? Take a narrated Segway tour! Travel through the property, traversing wooden boardwalks over the salt marsh, winding through the Live Oaks draped in Spanish moss. Catch a glimpse of historic Marsh Tacky horses. All while standing tall on your off-road, pollution free, Segway. Great for seniors, families, and friends. Ages 8 and older. Tours range from 1 ¼ to 1 ¾ hours, including training. Extended tours (14 and older only) leave the plantation to nearby Jarvis Park. $69 to $89 per person depending upon the length of the tour.

All booking for these tours is arranged through Segway of Hilton Head. Book online by clicking here or call 800-800-0424. If you don’t find the tour online, please call for availability.

Family Portraits at Honey Horn
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Experienced professional photographer Scott Moody provides an opportunity for a unique family portrait experience at the Coastal Discovery Museum. The beautiful Honey Horn setting with its majestic live oaks, salt marsh boardwalks, and historic buildings is a great alternative to the beach for your family’s portrait. The fee includes the photography session and printable high resolution images.

Scott Moody has worked as a professional photographer for over 30 years in the Lowcountry. He provides professional portraits captured digitally. The customer then has the ability to print products and images on your own.

Time vary with the sunset. Portraits are offered Sunday through Friday. All reservations must be made over the phone. Please call 843-689-6767, ext. 223 to arrange your session.  $300 per session.

Lowcountry Critters “Meet and Greet”
GE POCKET CAMCORDER

This is a casual “Meet and Greet” to learn more about the alligators, snakes and other critters that share Hilton Head Island with us. Joe Maffo, owner and founder of “Critter Management” will bring along some of his “friends” to share with everyone. Take this opportunity to walk-in and see these animals up close, take a picture and learn more about them. No reservations are required.

Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in June, July and August.
Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in September, October, and November

$10 adults, $5 child (ages 5-12), No charge under 5 years
No reservations are required.

Butterfly Discovery
Butterfly Discovery

Learn about the local native butterflies found on Hilton Head Island, their life cycle and specific host plants. A guided nature tour of the Karen Wertheimer Butterfly Enclosure will offer you the opportunity to get up close and personal with native butterflies. See butterflies in all four stages of their life cycle (egg, larvae, chrysalis and adult butterfly). Learn the best ways to attract butterflies in a garden and what you need to know to increase butterfly numbers in the wild.

Wednesdays from 3 – 4 p.m. in May; Mondays & Wednesdays 3–4 p.m. June–October
$10 adult; $5 child (ages 4-12)
Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or register online.

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Honey Horn History Walk
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The Honey Horn property has over 200 years of history, from the time when it was used as a working plantation for indigo and cotton to the Hunting Era when the property was a retreat for wealthy northern hunters. Learn about the Honey Horn cemetery and the people buried there. Visit the Museum’s Heritage Garden to see some of the historic crops grown in the Lowcountry; and learn about the Hacks who lived at Honey Horn from 1950 until the late 1990s. This walk takes you past the sites they lived and worked.

Thursdays 10–11:30 a.m.
$10 adult; $5 child
Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or register online.

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Blue Crab Discovery Tour
Blue Crab Discovery

A tour for all ages, learn from museum guides about the importance of the Atlantic Blue Crab. Learn the crab’s life cycle beginning with millions of microscopic eggs eventually developing into an active predator with powerful claws. Blue Crabs are important members of the coastal ecosystem playing a role as both predators and prey. They’re also important to local history for all communities living in the Lowcountry. The tour will teach participants how to harvest, cook, clean and eat the Blue Crab.

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30–11:30 a.m. April–October
$15 adult; $10 child (ages 4-12)
Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or register online.

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Honey Horn Nature Tour
Honey Horn Nature Discovery Tour

See it all! This tour will take you on a guided tour of the Coastal Discovery Museum’s grounds focusing on the natural history of the property. Explore the Salt Marsh on our three boardwalks. Dependent on the season, visit the Karen Wertheimer Butterfly Enclosure to see native butterflies at all stages of their life cycle. Visit the Carnivorous Plant Bog Garden, the Heritage Garden, and the Honey Horn Camellia Garden with over 120 camellia varieties. Participants will also be able to learn about the Museum’s two marsh tacky horses, descended from Spanish Colonial horses and used locally for generations.

Saturdays at 11 a.m. in February; Wednesdays at 10 a.m. March through May.
$10 adult; $5 child (ages 4-12)
Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or register online.

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The Island’s Story
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Hilton Head Island has a fascinating history, from the earliest Native Americans inhabitants that harvested oysters and hunted Black Bear to the modern day residents and visitors who flock here to play tennis and golf. The island has gone through numerous changes and uses by diverse groups of people, from logging to farming, to hunting and finally today mostly as a tourist retreat and home to over 35,000 full time residents. Learn from a museum docent about these changes, and the tale of its participants from Native Americans, to Gullah islanders to modern day residents.

Tuesdays at 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. (September through May)
$7 per person (ages 7+)
Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or register online.

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Civil War Era
Civil War Era

The Civil War is one of the most important events in the history or our country. South Carolina played a key role in the development and ending of the war. Hilton Head Island was home to thousands of Union soldiers during the Civil War. Find out why they were here and how they spent their time. Historic photographs, maps and artifacts tell the story of Hilton Head from 1861-1865.

Thursdays from 3–4 p.m.
$7 per person (ages 7+)
Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or register online.

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Salt Marsh Discovery
Salt Marsh Discovery

The Salt Marsh is a unique environment with a fascinating tale that is often overlooked. Most coastal creatures depend fully or partially on the Salt Marsh. The role the Salt Marsh plays as a filter for water and a nursery for many of the creatures that inhabit the coast is vital for the functioning of the coastal ecosystem. Learn from an expert how and why this particular environment is so important. Considered one of the most productive ecosystems on earth, the Salt Marsh is a place worth visiting and exploring while on Hilton Head Island.

Fridays at 10–11:30 a.m.
$10 adults; $7 child (ages 4-12)
Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or register online.

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Sweetgrass Basket Class
Sweetgrass Basket Classes

Learn about the history of the Sweetgrass basket, one of the Lowcountry’s best known art forms, from a local Gullah basket maker. Then, try your hand at starting a basket of your own using locally found natural materials.

Basket Classes scheduled at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays.  Summer 2016: 6/11, 6/25, 7/9, 7/23, 8/13, & 8/27. Fall dates TBD. Please call the Museum if you have a group interested in a Sweetgrass Basket Class on a day that is not on the schedule. Special arrangements may be possible.

Please call the Reservations office (843-689-6767, ext. 223) to find out about additional dates.
$65 per person and reservations are required.
Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or register online.

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Cast Net Throwing
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The cast net is a valuable tool for catching shrimp, bait, and fish from the Lowcountry’s estuaries. Learn how to throw a cast net from a local angler. This hands-on program will show you the best way to ‘open the net’ on every cast. Beginners are welcome. Ages 12 and older please.

Every Other Tuesday at 3 p.m. (seasonal in the spring and fall) In 2016: 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, and 11/22
$10 per person (ages 12+)
Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or register online.

Discover Family Fun

The following activities are only offered during the summer months and are oriented towards youths and families.

Live Animal Encounters!
Wa Hoo Hoo

Join us this summer and get an up close look at wildlife in the Lowcountry. Birds, reptiles, mammals…so many fascinating critters to learn about in the Lowcountry. We are welcoming animal experts from around the region – and their animals – on site for special educational presentations with plenty of up-close viewing. Topics vary – please see below for the schedule or check the event calendar.

Reservation are required. Call 843 689 6767 x223 to make reservations.

$12 per adult, $7 per child ages 5-12, 4 and under are free

Lowcountry Snakes – Tuesdays June 7th, July 19th – 11 AM
From the venomous rattle snakes to colorful milk snakes, our region is home to numerous species that play essential roles in our ecosystem.  Join Coastal Kingdom’s Tony Mills for an up close and personal session with a variety of these fascinating reptiles.

Lowcountry Raptors – Tuesdays June 14th, July 12th, and August 2nd – 11 AM
Raptors play an important role on our ecosystem and have some impressive survival skills too. A few extraordinary birds will visit from Lowcountry Raptors so you can get an up close look at these amazing creatures. (On June 14th there is also a 9:30 program geared more towards children)

Owls: Creatures of the Night – Tuesdays June 21st, July 5th, and August 9th – 11 AM
This is your chance to see these mysterious creatures of the night and learn about their incredible adaptations that enable them hunt in the dark. Nancy Owen of Gryphon Den Creatures of the Night, Inc. will be here to introduce you to a few feathered wildlife ambassadors.

Oatland Wildlife Center – Thursdays June 30th and July 28th – 11:30 AM
Reptiles, birds, and mammals! Outland Wildlife Center staff will share a variety of animals that can be found in the lowcountry. Learn about each critters unique characteristics and importance.

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Fishing Camp for Kids
Coastal Discovery Blue Crab Discovery

Join us for this interactive three-hour camp where kids learn the basics of fishing, crabbing and shrimping. The program is led by a local angler with years of experience. This program will help kids discover the sport of fishing and give them all the tools necessary to continue fishing for years to come.

Mondays in June, July, and August. Times vary due to the tide.

6/6 – 2 PM, 6/13 – 1 PM, 6/20 – 1 PM, 6/27 – 9:30 AM

7/4 – No Class, 7/11 – 9:30 AM, 7/18 – 1 PM, 7/25 – 9:30 AM

8/1 – 1 PM,  8/8 – 9:30 AM, 8/15 – 12 PM, 8/22 – 9:30 AM, 8/29 – 12 PM

$35 per child (ages 7-14)
REGISTRATION and RELEASE FORM must be completed in addition to making reservations.
Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or register online.

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Lowcountry Critters “Meet and Greet”
GE POCKET CAMCORDER

This is a casual “Meet and Greet” to learn more about the alligators, snakes and other critters that share Hilton Head Island with us. Joe Maffo, owner and founder of “Critter Management” will bring along some of his “friends” to share with everyone. Take this opportunity to walk-in and see these animals up close, take a picture and learn more about them. No reservations are required.

Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in June, July and August.
Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in September, October, and November

$10 adults, $5 child (ages 5-12), No charge under 5 years
No reservations are required.