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.

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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 live reptiles during this experience!

For the safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers this is a hands-off program. You will see and learn about reptiles and amphibians, but you will not be able to handle any. Thank you for understanding.

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 live reptiles during this experience!

For the safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers this is a hands-off program. You will see and learn about reptiles and amphibians, but you will not be able to handle any. Thank you for understanding.

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 and for the safety of our guests, volunteers, and staff this will be a hands-off experience this summer. Thank you for understanding.

FAMILY FRIENDLY (indoor experience):
June, July, & August: Thursdays from 1:00pm-2:00pm.

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 and for the safety of our guests, volunteers, and staff this will be a hands-off experience this summer. Thank you for understanding.

FAMILY FRIENDLY (indoor experience):
June, July, & August: Thursdays from 1:00pm-2:00pm.

Register Now
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 or 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 or 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.

Register Now
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