Sandlapper Society

Folly Beach County Park, Isle of Palms County Park & Kiawah Beachwalker Park

SC Educational Standards-Based Field Trips

Meet state standards at one of the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission¬ís beach parks! These programs are designed for groups of up to 25 students with 2 chaperones. Larger groups can be accommodated by rotation through a series of programs. 

To accommodate even larger groups or groups with schedule constraints, several concurrent programs can be offered on the same field trip by using a "round robin" format. Call early to reserve spring field trips, as they are very popular!

Call 843-889-8898 for details.

Secrets in the Sand

Beach combing provides beautiful shell treasures, but these animal homes have a history. Explore the food web of the creatures commonly found in our local waters. Students have the opportunity to use shovels and strainers to search for their own beach animals to observe and release. This program complements Barrier Island Ecology.

Program Length: 30 minutes
Grade Levels: Preschool-5
$50 per group of up to 25 students

Native Americans of Coastal South Carolina

Students explore Native American culture of coastal South Carolina at the time of European settlement.  Learn how local tribes successfully used the natural resources available to meet their needs.  Only available at Kiawah Beachwalker Park.

Program Length: 60 minutes
Grade Levels: K-2
$75 per group of up to 25 students

Program Length: 90 minute
Grade Levels: 3-12
$90 per group of up to 25 students

Seining the Sea

Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission staff will pull a net through the surf to catch fish, crabs, jellies, and other sea life.  Students will have the opportunity to observe these creatures before they are released.

Program Length: 60 minutes
Grade Levels: 1-8
$75 per group of up to 25 students

Service Learning Beach Beautification

Empower students through a sometimes shocking look at our impact on the water around us.  After a brief interactive orientation, gloves and bags will be provided for clean-up on the beach, in the marsh, or nearby area.  Items found will be interpreted by staff.  Small prizes will be given for encouragement and fun.

Program Length: 60 minutes
Grade Levels: 1-12
Free with fee-based program.

Barrier Island Ecology

Students of ecology study the relationship between organisms and their environment.  In this program, we will do just that on a barrier island.  Participants will build barrier islands out of sand, collect animals in the swash zone, and use a seine net to collect fish in the ocean.  Through these activities, students will gain an understanding of the ties that link living things with their environment.

Program Length: 90 minutes
Grade Levels: 3-8
$90 per group of up to 25 students

Build Your Own Barrier Island

Barrier islands provide a variety of learning opportunities for students of all ages. In this program, participants will delve into coastal geology by building islands and naming factors that create landscapes unique to the Southeast. Current events involving coastal issues will be discussed at a grade-appropriate level.

Program Length: 30 minutes
Grade Levels: 4-8
$50 per group of up to 25 students

Customized Programs

Teachers can work with Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission Social Studies and Environmental Education staff to develop customized programs based on the programs listed in this guide.  Staff may also bring the programs listed in this guide to other.  Call 843-889-8898 for details.  Program lengths will vary. 

Fees and programs are subject to change without notice.
 
 

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