Since 1985, the Coastal Discovery Museum has offered educational and interactive programs to regional schools and youth-related organizations. These programs are aligned to many of South Carolina’s Curriculum Standards and engage students in hands-on, experiential learning. Educational programs are offered at our Honey Horn campus, at several off-site locations, or in your classroom. Children participating in a Coastal Discovery Museum program will have the opportunity to make meaningful connections between the natural history and cultural heritage of the Lowcountry.

Below you will find a list of History and Environmental Educational Experiences, Other Experiences, and Teacher Opportunities. Groups that would like to schedule educational field trips should contact Curator of Education, Dawn Brut at dbrut@coastaldiscovery.org or at 843 689 6767, ext. 228. Per student cost varies dependent upon the length of the program, materials, and location.

How Do I Sign Up For an Educational Experience?             Printable Field Trip/Program List

HISTORY EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES

Native Americans on Hilton Head

Using artifacts, drawings, and replicas, learn about who lived here thousands of years ago, where they lived and what foods they ate. Students have the opportunity to create replica pinch pots using clay and native materials.

Social Studies Standards Correlations K-1, 2-1, 4-2,

Cooperation and Conflict: Native Americans and Europeans in Port Royal Sound

Students will explore the interaction the Native Americans in the Port Royal Sound area had with the Europeans who came to settle there.  They will discover how trade between the two groups led to cooperation and then became a source of conflict.  Students will have the opportunity to make (and use) a red dye from dried cochineal bugs which the Native Americans traded to the Europeans for iron tools and other goods. (3rd grade and up)

Social Studies Standards: 3-3.2; 3-2.3; 4-1.3; 6-4.4; 6-6.5

Life in Colonial Times

Life was different for people in colonial South Carolina that it is today, but in some ways it was very much the same. Students will compare and contrast life then and now by looking at pictures and examining reproduction artifacts. They will have a chance to play 18th century games and make an authentic 18th century headache sack. (Grades K-3)

Social Studies Standards Correlations 3-2

Medicine in Colonial Times

What was health care like for people in colonial South Carolina? Students will learn how people in the past dealt with sickness and disease through a presentation (lead by a costumed presenter) and  by examining reproduction artifacts. They will then analyze the treatment given to George Washington during his final illness. (Grades 4 grade and up)

Social Studies Standards Correlations 3-2, 4-2, 4-3

Meet Captain William Hilton

Spend an hour with Captain William Hilton and let him tell you about his voyages of discovery off the coast of Carolinas in 1663. Students will be able to interact with Captain Hilton, ask him questions and learn about life aboard a 17th century ship by examining reproduction artifacts and playing some of the games that were popular with mariners and passengers alike.

Addresses numerous Social Studies Standards

16th Century Explorations & Settlements in the Southeast

Learn about the 16th century explorations and settlements of the Spanish and French in the Southeastern United States through 5 different hands-on education stations. At each station student will examine documents, maps, reproduction artifacts, and picture to complete their worksheet on each exploration and settlement. (Grades 6-8)

Social Studies Standards: 6-6.4, 6-6.5, 8-1.2

Indigo Tie-Dye

Students will investigate the historical importance of indigo and understand why this plant became a valuable cash crop in South Carolina during the 1700’s as they learn about the challenges and successes of indigo cultivation. Students will have the opportunity to create an indigo-dyed t-shirt as they explore process of making indigo dye. (Students provide one white t-shirt). (Grade 2 and up)

Social Studies Standards Correlations: 2-1, 3-2, 3-4, 4-2, 8-1, 8-3
Addresses numerous Visual Art and Science Standards

Patriot or Loyalist: Life in the American and
British Armies During the Revolutionary War

Students will explore the life of American & British soldiers and the life of both men & women in a Revolutionary War encampment during this hands-on experience. (Grades 3-8)
Sorry, grant funding for this program is no longer available.

Social Studies Standards: 3-3.2, 4-3.1, 8-2.4

Civil War on Hilton Head

Learn about what Hilton Head Island looked like from 1861-65, when Union soldiers occupied the island. Students will look at Civil War artifacts and hold a little piece of history in their hand. (This can also be done as auditorium style program for large groups).

Social Studies Standards Correlations 3-4, 4-6, 8-3

Camp Dig-It

This program offers an introduction into the field of archaeology by a professional archaeologist. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the past as they excavate and identify artifacts from a simulated site dig box.

Addresses numerous Social Studies Standards

 

Environmental Educational Experiences

Beach Discovery

Let’s go to the beach! Students will explore the intertidal zone and discover the amazing adaptions of organisms found in this ever changing habitat. If you are unable to bring your students to the beach we can bring A Day at the Beach to your school.

Science Standards Correlations K.S.1, K.l.2, 1.S.1, 1.E.4, 1.L.5, 2.S.1, 2.L.5, 3.S.1, 3.E.4, 3.L.5, 4.S.1, 4.L.5, 5.S.1, 5.E.3, 5.L.4, 6.S.1, 6.L.4, 6.L.5, 7.S.1, 7.EC.5, 8.S.1, 8.E.4, 8.E.5, 8.E.6

Salt Marsh Discovery

Explore the Salt Marsh! Get an up close look at this unique and important habitat. Observe crabs, mussels, snails, and more while learning about their biology and behavior. We can also bring a Marsh Critters experience to your classroom.   

Science Standards Correlations K.S.1, K.L.2, 1.S.1, 1.E.4, 1.L.5, 2.S.1, 2.L.5, 3.S.1, 3.L.5, 4.S.1, 4.L.5, 5.S.1, 5.E.3, 5.L.4, 6.S.1, 6.L.4, 6.L.5, 7.S.1, 7.EC.5, 8.S.1

Native Plant Hike / Leaf Prints

Carnivorous plants, edible plants, host plants, poisonous plants! Take a short plant hike and discover special adaptions, historical uses, and importance of some fascinating native plants. This experience can also include a Leaf Print T-Shirt activity (students provide their own plain white t-shirt).

Science Standards Correlations K.S.1, K.L.2, 1.S.1, 1.E.4, 1.L.5, 2.S.1, 3.S.1, 3.L.5, 4.S.1, 4.L.5, 5.S.1, 5.L.4, 6.S.1, 6.L.4, 6.L.5, 7.S.1, 7.EC.5, 8.S.1

Phascinating Phytoplankton

Using scientific sampling techniques, students will investigate the one-celled plants and animals that live in our coastal waters. Through the lens of a microscope, students will learn to identify different phytoplankton and zooplankton species and understand the many reasons these microscopic marine organisms are so important to our coastal waters.

Science Standards Correlations 2.S.1, 2.L.5, 3.S.1, 3.L.5, 4.S.1, 4.L.5, 5.S.1, 5.L.4, 6.S.1, 6.L.4, 7.S.1, 7.EC.5, 8.S.1

Butterfly Discovery

Get up close and personal with some native butterflies! Students will learn about insect adaptions, local butterflies, the different plants they rely on for survival, and see all four stages of their life cycle (egg, larvae, chrysalis, and adult butterfly) during a guided walk through the Karen Wertheimer Butterfly Habitat. (May-October only).

Science Standards Correlations K.L.2, 1.S.1, 2.S.1, 2.L.5, 3.S.1, 3.L.5, 4.S.1, 4.L.5, 5.S.1, 5.L.4, 6.S.1, 6.L.4, 7.S.1, 7.EC.5, 8.S.1

Cough it Up (Owl Pellet Dissection)

From beak to tail, birds living in the lowcountry exhibit some amazing adaptations for survival in diverse environments. In this avian investigation, students will dissect owl pellets and discover what makes owls the ultimate nocturnal predator.

Science Standards Correlations 2.L.5, 3.L.5, 4.L.5, 5.L.4, 6.L.4, 7.EC.5

Sea Turtle Life

Six species of Sea Turtles are found along our coast. Learn about their life cycle and the difficulties they face from hatchling to adulthood. This program outlines the Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Protection Project managed by the Coastal Discovery Museum. (This can also be done as auditorium style program for large groups).

Science Standards Correlations K.L.2, 2.L.5, 3.l.5, 4.L.5, 5.L.4, 6.L.4, 7.EC.5

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. (This can also be done as auditorium style program for large groups).

Science Standards Correlations K.L.2, 2.L.5, 3.L.5, 4.L.5, 5.L.4, 6.L.4, 7.EC.5, 8.E.6

Squid Dissection

Explore the fascinating lives of the fastest swimming marine invertebrate. Examine the external and internal anatomy of the squid through a dissection activity.

Science Standards Correlations 2.S.1, 2.L.5, 3.S.1, 3.l.5, 4.S.1, 4.l.5, 5.S.1, 5.L.4, 6.S.1, 6.L.4, 7.S.1, 7.EC.5, 8.S.1

Pinckney Island Nature Tour

Discovery the diversity of wildlife and beautiful habitat that Pinckney National Wildlife Refuge has to offer. Experience the maritime forest, salt marsh, and freshwater ponds. Search for birds, butterflies, plants, alligators, and so much more.

Science Standards Correlations K.L.2, 1.S.1, 1.E.3, 1.E.4, 1.L.5, 2.S.1, 2.l.5, 3.S.1, 3.L.5, 4.S.1, 4.l.5, 5.S.1, 5.E.3, 5.L.4, 6.S.1, 6.L.4, 7.S.1, 7.EC.5, 8.S.1

Dolphin Cruise

The Bottlenose Dolphin is an amazing marine mammal that is commonly seen along our coast. Using skulls, images and hands-on materials, students will learn about the behaviors of dolphins and the threats they encounter as we cruise along Broad Creek and observe these mammals in their habitat. (Additional boat fee)

Science Standards Correlations K.L.2, 1.S.1, 2.S.1, 3.S.1, 3.l.5, 4.S.1, 4.l.5, 5.S.1, 5.l.4, 6.S.1, 6.L.4, 7.S.1, 7.EC.5, 8.S.1

 

OTHER EXPERIENCES

The Coastal Discovery Museum has so much to offer students. The Museum is a great place to visit for activities like nature journaling, photography, self-guided scavenger hunts, and plein air painting. Many schools visit for River of Words inspiration or to explore the biannual Sculpture Exhibit.  Classrooms can also  Adopt-A-Nest and learn more about sea turtles nesting on Hilton Head Island. What experience are you and your students looking for?

The Public Art Exhibition: Oct 1, 2018 – January 31, 2019

Bring your students to the Coastal Discovery Museum to tour the Public Art Exhibition. Guided tours are available for students. This tour give students the opportunity to view and analyze unique, large scale outdoor artwork, learn about different techniques and the artists’ intentions, use creative thinking to find their own meaning in a piece of artwork, and discuss design, technique, material, and much more. Guides will also share background about the artists and their vision too. Click Here to apply for funding from Island School Council for the Arts.

Summer Experiences for Children’s Groups

Participate in summer educational experience with your summer children’s group (summer camps, daycares, scouts, etc.) . Your group can visit the Museum or we can bring a fun experience to you. Check out what is going on this summer…Summer 2018!

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEACHERS

Stoney/Baynard Traveling Trunk:

The Stoney/Baynard Traveling Trunk is available for teachers to sign out and use in their classroom. The trunk includes artifacts, books, and a flash drive with lesson plans, letters & transcripts, and newspaper articles. The trunk is designed for 3rd graders and the Artifact, Civil War, Gullah Culture, and Plantation Life lessons cover a variety of state standards. Click here to learn more about how to sign out and use the Traveling Trunk.

Gullah Heritage: Feb ?, 2019

Gullah is the unique West African based traditions, customs, beliefs, art forms, and family life that has survived centuries of slavery and more than a century of free lifestyle. Sponsored by The Bargain Box, teachers will be introduced to the Gullah culture and history, travel through native island neighborhoods on the Gullah Heritage Trail Tour, and learn how to sew a sweetgrass basket. Click here for more information about this FREE Gullah Heritage Teacher Workshop.

Horseshoe Crabs in the Classroom: May ?, 2019

Horseshoe Crabs are fascinating creatures that play an important ecological role and might have even saved your life. Sponsored by The Bargain Box, this program educates local teachers about Horseshoe Crabs at a FREE professional development workshop. Teachers who complete the training are supplied with the materials necessary to raise their own horseshoe crabs in their classrooms for one year. Click here for more information about the Crabs in the Classroom program.

From Seeds to Shoreline:

The SC Sea Grant Consortium, in partnership with the SC Department of Natural Resources, and Clemson Extension, host FREE teacher professional development workshops designed to educate about the salt marsh ecosystem and how they can incorporate the From Seeds to Shoreline project into their classrooms. The Coastal Discovery Museum is proud to be a supporting hub for the From Seeds to Shoreline participants. The Museum offers salt marsh programs and backup seed collections for participating teachers. Click here to learn how to participate in the From Seeds to Shoreline teacher workshop.

 

CONTACT

For additional information about the content and learning opportunities presented in our educational programs or to schedule a youth-based program, please contact Dawn Brut:
dbrut@coastaldiscovery.org
843 689 6767 X228