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

Image what coastal life was like hundreds and thousands of years ago. Use artifacts, drawings, and replicas, to learn about who live in the lowcountry and how they survived. Students will  examine Native America pottery and create 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

Explore the interaction the Native Americans in the Port Royal Sound area had with the Europeans who came to settle there. Discover how trade between the two groups led to cooperation and then became a source of conflict.  Students will have 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 and  by examining reproduction artifacts. They will then analyze the treatment given to George Washington during his final illness. (4th grade and up)

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

Living History with Captain William Hilton

Meet Captain William Hilton and hear about how and why his exploration of the Carolina coast in 1663 lead to an island being named after him. Learn about life aboard his 17th century sailing ship, examine important navigation tools like a chip log (used to determine speed) and a lead line (used to determine water depth), and practice some useful sailors knots. Take your rope home and practice tying knot for your own adventures! (3rd grade and up)

Addresses numerous Social Studies Standards

16th Century Explorations & Settlements in the Southeast

Learn about eight different 16th century Spanish and French explorers and their settlement attempts in the Southeastern US. Match information about each explorer with their settlement through informational cards, maps, and reproduction artifacts. Students will make a piece of rope from palm fronds to take with them just like the ones Natives Americans made for the French. (4th grade and up)

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

Indigo Tie-Dye

Investigate the historical importance of indigo with a costumed presenter and learn how and why this plant became a valuable cash crop in South Carolina during the 1700’s. Students will tie-dye a t-shirt with indigo dye as they explore historic process of making indigo dye from the indigo plant. Students provide one white t-shirt. (2nd grade 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

Civil War on Hilton Head

The Civil War is one of the most important events in the history or our country. Learn about what Hilton Head Island looked like from 1861-65, when Union soldiers occupied the island. Students will recreate the battle of Port Royal with Commander Percival Drayton as they learn about this significant historic event. (3rd grade and up)

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

Camp Dig-It

Get an introduction to the wonderful world 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, 2020 – January 31, 2021

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.
Sept 2020: Application for Art Exhibition Tour funded by Island School Council for the Arts will be available HERE.

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 2019!

 

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: February 2020 – Date TBD

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: April/May, 2020 – Date TBD

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