Young students aboard the E/V Discovery for an educational boat cruise

K-12 Education

We offer land- and boat-based student programs led by our education staff across the coast. Programs for the 2020-2021 school year will begin booking in August 2020.

A class aboard the E/V Discovery holding a trawl net and learning how it functions

A Seaworthy Classroom

Aboard a 45’ catamaran, the E/V Discovery, our educators lead science investigations using field sampling techniques and equipment that echo current research methods. Students assist in data collection and sample various marine organisms during their visit. With an emphasis on estuarine ecology, groups connect local conservation issues to broad science concepts while developing critical science investigation skills. Together, we are working to create coastal stewards for the future of South Carolina’s fisheries and coasts.

Virtual Programs

Email with your prefered program from the link below to set up a date, time, and virtual platform.

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Schoolyard Programs

Educators will come to your school and conduct education programs outside on school grounds. Limit to 1.5 hour drive from Fort Johnson. Check the calendar and request a program. Note: This is only a program REQUEST. You will be notified if your program was confirmed within 24 hours.

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Homeschool Programs

We are scheduling homeschool groups differently this year. There are set dates for your students, and you can book a program as an individual family or as an organized group.

April 7th, 2021 - Fort Johnson, Charleston March 11th, 2021 - Botany Bay Plantation, Edisto

School Field Trips

Aerial view of Fort Johnson on the point of James Island, SC

Fort Johnson
217 Ft. Johnson Rd.
Charleston, SC 29412

An aerial view of the field station, pavillion, and dock at Bennett's Point

McKenzie Field Station
15717 Bennett's Point Rd.
Green Pond, SC 29446

The historic ice house at Botany Bay Plantation

Botany Bay Plantation
Botany Bay Rd.
Edisto Island, SC 29438

The front of the Edisto Learning Center

Edisto Environmental Learning Center
Oyster Row Ln.
Edisto Island, SC 29438

How to book a field trip:

  1. Choose a program location.
  2. Select a program from the "Program Descriptions" above.
  3. Click "Book A Program" to see available dates and reserve your program. (The E/V Discovery boat is unavailable December 15, 2019 through March 1, 2020. Please do not book the boat during winter months. If you are a K-4th grade group, please book January or February.)

Resources and Lesson Plans

ACE Basin Activity Book

The front page of the ACE's activity book

Designed to instill a stronger awareness and respect for environmentalism and conservation and to encourage young students to enjoy discovering coastal South Carolina.

Estuaries 101

An example lession from Estuaries 101 entitled Hooray for Horseshoe Crabs

This new curriculum is designed for grades 6-12 to deepen students’ understanding about estuaries and how estuaries affect their daily lives. Estuaries offer an exciting context for learning about math, chemistry, marine science, and more.

Sea Sciences

An example issue of Sea Sciences on Jellyfish

A series of educational publications put together by scientists and educators of the Marine Resources Division at SCDNR. Each lesson goes into detail about a variety of marine related topics.