Reserved Tour Descriptions
- Fledglings Tour Pre-K thru 1st (up to 40 students) - For the very young, 20 minutes is appropriate in each of three areas: the nature trail, pond ecology, and classroom. Children are introduced to the concept of habitats, and particular emphasis is placed on NOT handling wildlife without adult assistance.
- Introduction to Native Habitats and Wildlife Grades 2-12 (up to 40 students) - Groups visit three venues (Blue Heron Trail, Classroom, and Exhibit room) in two hours. This tour is an excellent introduction to the habitats and wildlife in our region. The classroom program is tailored by grade level:
- 2-3 grade - Food Chain Challenge
- 3-5 - To slime or not to slime (reptiles vs. amphibians)
- 6-12 - Field Identification of Native Wildlife.
- Feathers & Furs Grades 1-12 (up to 40 students) - This is a 1-2 hour program depending on grade level. The classroom and trail are used as a general introduction to bird, plant, and animal identification. Emphasis is on plant/animal/human relationships in our everyday lives.
- Field Ecology Grades 5-12 (up to 30 students) - Field Ecology is a half-day program which allows groups to complete an ecological site survey of the 10-acre Nature Center. Visitors spend 2 hours at the Classroom preparing for the survey; mastering a wide range of equipment, studying field id guides for plants, amphibians, mammals, and birds. Groups will complete 3 study units: a bird survey, a trail hike where plants will be keyed out and bugs collected, and a water creature survey from the dock using minnow traps and dip nets. Groups finish back at the Center with a discussion of the bio-diversity and apparent ecological health.
- Litter and Recycling Education Grades 2-6 (up to 40 students) - This program offers general information on litter prevention, how students can help keep our county clean, and recycling fun facts. There are 6 six recycling centers located in Jasper County. This program is 20 minutes and can be tied in with any of our other programs.
In order for teacher workshops to be offered, we must have at least 15 participants. Registration is $15 per person per workshop and includes all resource materials. Workshops usually begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 4:00 p.m. For lunch, you may bring your own or there are lots of eating establishments nearby. Workshops offered do have correlations to the SC Science Standards.
- Action for a Cleaner Tomorrow—is a DHEC workshop focusing on the importance of water quality and solid waste source reduction and recycling.
- Ag in the Classroom—is a workshop sponsored by Farm Bureau on the importance of Agriculture in our everyday lives.
- Project Learning Tree—is sponsored by the SC Forestry Commission focusing on Forest Ecosystems.
Jasper Soil and Water Conservation District
Phone Number - 843-726-7611
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