The Coastal Discovery Museum offers a wide variety of experiences for clubs, tour groups, wedding parties, conference groups, school and children’s groups, families, and friends. Create a unique experience for your group or organization. If you have an organized group of 10 or more please contact us to make special arrangements.

Museum Experiences

Check out the Museum’s Tours on Land, Experiences on Water, and On Site Tours and Programs. Do you see an experience you would like your group to participate in together? Please click here to arrange a special date and time for your group to participate in this experience.

Special Presentations

The Coastal Discovery Museum offers a variety of special presentations for groups of all sizes. Presentations are generally one hour and can be enjoyed at the Coastal Discovery Museum or at an offsite location. Please click here  to schedule a special presentation for your group.

Nature Presentations:

  • Horseshoe Crabs: A Living Fossil: 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 explore the horseshoe crab and investigate the life cycle and adaptations of this living fossil.
  • Sea Turtles of our Coast: Six species of Sea Turtles are found along our coast. Explore their life cycle and the difficulties they face from hatchling to adulthood. Learn about loggerhead nesting in South Carolina, sea turtle protection projects, and how you can help to protect this incredible marine reptile! (this program does not include live animals)
  • Salt Marsh: 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 about the critters that can be found in the Salt Marsh 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.
  • Plankton: Investigate the microscopic plants and animals that live in our coastal waters. Learn to identify different phytoplankton and zooplankton species and understand the many reasons these microscopic marine organisms are so important to our coastal waters.
  • Birding: (Basic birding info for beginners with fun facts and more details for experienced birders) There is an amazing diversity of birds living in and visiting the lowcountry. Learn some basic birding skills, get into some details about identifying birds, and then focus on the top predators…raptors! Great for beginners or expert birders.
  • Butterflies & Dragonflies: Explore the fascinating life cycles of these stunning insects. Take a closer look at local butterflies and their unique adaptions that help them to survive. Investigate the remarkable lives of dragonflies and their fierce hunting skills. Learn how to attract butterflies and dragonflies to your yard.
  • A Day at the Beach: Explore the beach…without actually going to the beach. Discover the wide variety of fascinating critters that you can find on the beach. Learn about the unique critters that live in those beautiful shells you find. Investigate the lives of beach visitors like sea turtles and horseshoe crabs. Discuss the importance of the beach habitat and how you can protect our local beaches.
  • Reptiles & Amphibians of the Lowcountry: Alligators, snakes, and turtles oh my! Reptiles are an exciting and important part of our ecosystem. Take a closer look at the intriguing characteristics of local reptiles and learn how to respectfully and safely interact with wild reptiles. Decipher the difference between reptiles and amphibians and learn how amphibians can tell us about the health of our ecosystem.

History Presentations

  • Island Timeline: An overview of Hilton Head Island’s history tracing back to the early inhabitants of the Shell Rings in 2000 BC.
  • Civil War on Hilton Head Island: The Civil War is one of the most important events in the history of 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. This program uses the soldiers’ own words from letters and journals to describe their experiences here.
  • History of Honey Horn: Find out more about the island residents who called Honey Horn home from the plantation era through the modern era.
  • Hunting Club Era: From 1890-1950, much of Hilton Head Island’s land was held by individuals who visited the area seasonally for hunting. Learn more about their experiences on the island prior to modern development.

Self-Guided Tours

Would your group like to visit the Museum for a self-guided tour? Follow the Around the Horn Trail and experience the history and nature of the historic Honey Horn grounds.  Please click here to arrange at time to visit. A $5 donation per person is requested for group self-guided tours.

School and Children’s Groups

Visit the School Groups page to learn more about the fantastic experience your school or children’s group can participate in any time of year.

Property Rental

Would you like to rent space at the Coastal Discovery Museum for a meeting, wedding, festival, or other event? Visit Weddings and Corporate Events to learn more.