In-Person Presentations | Coastal Discovery Museum

Dive into Lowcountry History and Nature!

Meet the experts who will share a closer look at some of the area’s history, environment, and most interesting critters! Many programs include a chance for an up-close look at some local animals. Historical photos and maps bring the stories of Hilton Head Island’s fascinating past to life. Some of these indoor presentations are family friendly. Check the program descriptions for more information.

Dive into Lowcountry History and Nature!

Meet the experts who will share a closer look at some of the area’s history, environment, and most interesting critters! Many programs include a chance for an up-close look at some local animals. Historical photos and maps bring the stories of Hilton Head Island’s fascinating past to life. Some of these indoor presentations are family friendly. Check the program descriptions for more information.

REPTILES
OF THE LOWCOUNTRY

Turtles, alligators, and even snakes, are local celebs in our area and it pays to know them. Learn about the habits, characteristics, contribution, and reputation of regional reptiles as well as how to protect these amazing creatures and safely enjoy sharing the lowcountry with them. Yes! You will see (and maybe even get to touch) live reptiles during this experience!

This FAMILY FRIENDLY indoor experience is also a nice escape from the afternoon heat or rain!
$12 per adult & $7 per child.

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REPTILES
OF THE LOWCOUNTRY

Turtles, alligators, and even snakes, are local celebs in our area and it pays to know them. Learn about the habits, characteristics, contribution, and reputation of regional reptiles as well as how to protect these amazing creatures and safely enjoy sharing the lowcountry with them. Yes! You will see (and maybe even get to touch) live reptiles during this experience!

This FAMILY FRIENDLY indoor experience is also a nice escape from the afternoon heat or rain!
$12 per adult & $7 per child.

Register Now
SEA TURTLE
LIFE

Sea turtles live an extraordinary life and on Hilton Head Island, they’re celebrated for all that they are, and all they represent. You can connect with the amazing journey of Loggerhead Sea Turtles from egg to adulthood, while discovering just how easy it is to help protect these mesmerizing sea creatures. You will not see live sea turtles during this program.

FAMILY FRIENDLY (indoor experience) designed for adults and upper elementary school aged children.
June - August: Thursdays at 3:00 pm.

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SEA TURTLE
LIFE

Sea turtles live an extraordinary life and on Hilton Head Island, they’re celebrated for all that they are, and all they represent. You can connect with the amazing journey of Loggerhead Sea Turtles from egg to adulthood, while discovering just how easy it is to help protect these mesmerizing sea creatures. You will not see live sea turtles during this program.

This FAMILY FRIENDLY (indoor experience) is designed for adults and upper elementary school aged children.
June - August: Thursdays at 3:00 pm.

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THE ISLAND'S
STORY

Hilton Head Island has a fascinating history and an endless collection of stories. From the earliest Native Americans inhabitants who harvested oysters and hunted Black Bear to the modern day residents and visitors who flock here for recreation and relaxation, the island has gone through centuries of evolutionary changes and uses by diverse groups of people. Logging, farming, hunting, and fishing are as much of the area’s identity as it is a resort home to over 35,000 full time residents and a tourist retreat to tens of thousands more. Learn from a museum docent about all the different pages that have turned, and are turning still, in the tale of permanent or passing islanders from Native Americans, to Gullah, to you.

September-May: Tuesdays at 3:00-4:00pm.

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THE ISLAND'S STORY

Hilton Head Island has a fascinating history and an endless collection of stories. From the earliest Native Americans inhabitants who harvested oysters and hunted Black Bear to the modern day residents and visitors who flock here for recreation and relaxation, the island has gone through centuries of evolutionary changes and uses by diverse groups of people. Logging, farming, hunting, and fishing are as much of the area’s identity as it is a resort home to over 35,000 full time residents and a tourist retreat to tens of thousands more. Learn from a museum docent about all the different pages that have turned, and are turning still, in the tale of permanent or passing islanders from Native Americans, to Gullah, to you.

September-May: Tuesdays at 3:00-4:00pm.

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CIVIL WAR
ERA

The Civil War was one of the most formative and influential events in the history of our country. South Carolina played a key role in the development and ending of the war with thousands of Union soldiers during establishing their home base on Hilton Head Island. Find out why they were here, how they spent their time, and how that influenced all that followed. Historic photographs, maps and artifacts tell the story of Hilton Head during this Civil War Era from 1861-1865.

Thursdays from 3:00–4:00pm.

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CIVIL WAR ERA

The Civil War was one of the most formative and influential events in the history of our country. South Carolina played a key role in the development and ending of the war with thousands of Union soldiers during establishing their home base on Hilton Head Island. Find out why they were here, how they spent their time, and how that influenced all that followed. Historic photographs, maps and artifacts tell the story of Hilton Head during this Civil War Era from 1861-1865.

Thursdays from 3:00–4:00pm.

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DISCOVERY NIGHT
AT THE MUSEUM

There is something special happening AFTER HOURS at the Coastal Discovery Museum. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate in unique experiences on Thursday evenings. Programs will include hands-on art activities and demonstrations, special natural history programs, and presentations by museum staff and special guests. Check the online calendar to see what is coming. These programs are for ages 7 and older.

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DISCOVERY NIGHT
AT THE MUSEUM

There is something special happening AFTER HOURS at the Coastal Discovery Museum. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate in unique experiences on Thursday evenings. Programs will include hands-on art activities and demonstrations, special natural history programs, and presentations by museum staff and special guests. Check the online calendar to see what is coming. These programs are for ages 7 and older.

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KIDS
STORY TIME

Look, listen, and learn! Kids will love hearing local stories and learning about Lowcountry wildlife and history. Stories are geared towards preschool and lower elementary aged children but the whole family will enjoy!
Sponsored by TD Bank.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
This FAMILY FRIENDLY activity is free. No registration is required.
March, April, and May: Tuesdays 10:30-11:00

KIDS
STORY TIME

Look, listen, and learn! Kids will love hearing local stories and learning about Lowcountry wildlife and history. Stories are geared towards preschool and lower elementary aged children but the whole family will enjoy!
Sponsored by TD Bank.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
This FAMILY FRIENDLY activity is free. No registration is required.
March, April, and May: Tuesdays 10:30-11:00

REPTILES
FOR KIDS

Come and meet some of the coolest critters around…REPTILES! Meet and get to know some Lowcountry lizards, snakes, turtles, and alligators. Learn why these cold-blooded critters are important and examine the fun adaptions they have that help them survive in the wild.

This FAMILY FRIENDLY indoor program is designed for the younger elementary kids in your family BUT the whole family will enjoy!
June - August: Thursdays 1:30 - 2:00 pm.

Register Now
REPTILES
FOR KIDS

Come and meet some of the coolest critters around…REPTILES! Meet and get to know some Lowcountry lizards, snakes, turtles, and alligators. Learn why these cold-blooded critters are important and examine the fun adaptions they have that help them survive in the wild.

This FAMILY FRIENDLY indoor program is designed for the younger elementary kids in your family BUT the whole family will enjoy!
June - August: Thursdays 1:30 - 2:00 pm.

Register Now
SEA TURTLES
FOR KIDS

Explore the amazing journey of Loggerhead Sea Turtles from egg to adulthood. Learn how these unique reptiles have adapted to life in the big blue ocean and discovering just how easy and important it is for people of all ages to protect these incredible sea creatures. You will not see live sea turtles during this program.

FAMILY FRIENDLY program geared towards elementary aged children but the whole family will enjoy.
June - August: Tuesdays 1:30 - 2:00

Register Now
SEA TURTLES
FOR KIDS

Explore the amazing journey of Loggerhead Sea Turtles from egg to adulthood. Learn how these unique reptiles have adapted to life in the big blue ocean and discovering just how easy and important it is for people of all ages to protect these incredible sea creatures. You will not see live sea turtles during this program.

This FAMILY FRIENDLY program is geared towards elementary aged children but the whole family will enjoy.
June - August: Tuesdays 1:30 - 2:00

Register Now
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