Come enjoy some special time with your child(ren) ages 3 - 5 as we do a wide variety of things. We may read a book, watch a movie, or do some seasonal related arts and crafts!
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - St. Patrick's Day
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - Easter
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - Earth Day
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - Mother's Day
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - Father's Day
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - Independence Day
Are you a single homeschool family looking for more educational opportunities? This is for you! Open to homeschoolers in grades 1st through 5th whose families are not already part of a co-op. We will be teaching two classes just for you! The cost is $2 per person and this includes park admission and two classes. Each Homeschool Day will feature one history and one science program selected by our Educators.
May 16, 2018 - Native Americans of the Lowcountry + Swamp Things
September 12, 2018 - Dye It Blue Indigo Class + Roots to Branches Tree Class
December 5, 2018 - Candlemaking + Incredible Insects
Let’s make a spring wreath. Bring some of your own decorations to make your own design. We will have grape vine wreaths and decorations.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
The park was visited by the Easter Bunny and there are brightly colored presents scattered thorughout the park! Bring your kids out for an exciting Easter Egg Hunt while exploring the park at the same time. Children ages 6 and under will be searching for eggs in front of the Berkeley Museum. Children ages 6-13 will explore the trails to find hidden treasures throughout our beautiful swamp. So hop on down with your basket to Old Santee Canal Park and don't miss this family friendly event.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
As the weather warms, the swamp stirs back to life. We will do a short presentation inside covering the natural history of alligators using our live alligator, then head outside to see these beautiful reptiles in their natural environment.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
For thousands of years Native Americans hunted, farmed and traveled across South Carolina. The First South Carolinians: The Life and Times of Native People in the Palmetto State, an exhibit on display in April 2018 at Old Santee Canal Park, examines the history and culture of Native Americans from pre-historic times to the present.
What tools did the Native Americans develop? How were their societies organized? How do archeologists locate and decipher Indian artifacts? What effect did European settlement have on tribes? How did Carolina Indians and Euro-American settlers get along? How are the Catawbas and Cherokees active today?
Through maps, artifacts, video, historic documents and hands on activities, visitors will travel through time to understand how Indians lived in South Carolina and how they continue to prosper.
This exhibit is made available through the South Carolina State Museum’s Traveling Exhibits Program and made possible in part by funding from the South Carolina Humanities Council.
This festival will include master gardeners, pollinator exhibits, and experts in native plants of South Carolina. Featured demonstrations will include how to properly plant a tree and how to use native plants to attract birds and butterflies to your yard. Native plants will be available for purchase with nursery representatives on hand to answer all of your questions. Festival will also include food, music, and information tables. Come support the park and learn about the diversity of native plants in South Carolina. Green thumbs not required!
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Old Santee Canal Park is teaming up with Audubon South Carolina to offer Guided Bird Walks. Join us for a leisurely walk around the swamp as we search for our resident and migratory feathered friends!
We will cover approximately 1 mile over well-graded gravel paths and boardwalk, with some minimal inclines and uneven surfaces. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Binoculars will be provided, but bring your own if able.
This walk is FREE (with paid park admission) and open to the public.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Life is coming back in full swing here at the park. Trees and plants are returning back to their summer green, animals are emerging from their dens, and the weather is warming up. With summer just around the corner, start it off right with a canoe trip through the historic Santee Canal. We will learn about the different plants and animals in the swamp and how they are adjusting from winter to summer.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Let’s celebrate the return of one of the swamp’s most beautiful and brightly colored creatures, the prothonotary warbler. This unique bird spends its winters in Central and South America and its summers in our swamp. Come learn all about these amazing birds, how to identify them and what we are doing to protect them. After a brief presentation, we will take a short walk on the boardwalk to listen and look for these beautiful birds.
Saturday, May 5, 2018
In this program we will learn about the importance of the swamp ecosystem and its many inhabitants. We will then go out on our swamp boardwalk with nets and try our luck at catching the creatures that call it home. Afterward, we will identify different species of wildlife in the swamp and even take a close look at what’s swimming around in the water we can’t see!
Saturday, June 2, 2018
This class is for new birders and will cover all the birding basics, from how to use binoculars to identifying birds by sight and sound. If you are new to the birding world and are interested in learning some basic skills, come join us for a leisurely walk arounhd the swamp as we search for our resident and migratory feathered friends. After a brief introduction about binoculars and bird identification, we will cover approximately 1 mile over gravel paths and boardwalk, with some minimal inclines and uneven surfaces. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. We will have a few pairs of binoculars available, but please feel free to bring your own from home.
Saturday, June 9, 2018
We are happy to announce that registration for the Lowcountry Explorers Summer Camp will begin March 12th! Join us this summer for week-long summer camps full of adventure! These educational camps have a science or history theme each week and are jam-packed with activities and fun. Every week, campers will enjoy field trips, classes with our Educators, crafts, water day, and lots of time outside!
Camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday and the cost per camper is $175. Each week is limited to 12 campers with a 1:6 counselor to camper ratio. A minimum $25 non-refundable deposit is required for each camper per week. These summer camps are wildly popular and sell out every year! Give us a call at (843)899-5200 or email Kristin or Adam for more information or to receive a registration form!
Junior Explorers (ages 6 to 8) - June 11-15 - History Week
Junior Explorers (ages 6 to 8) - July 9-13 - Dinosaur Week
Junior Explorers (ages 6 to 8) - July 23-27 - Water Week
Senior Explorers (ages 9 to 12) - June 25-29 - Reptile Week
Senior Explorers (ages 9 to 12) - July 2-6 - History Week
Senior Explorers (ages 9 to 12) - July 16-20 - Water Week
Pro Explorers (ages 13 to 15) - June 18-22 - Exploring the Lowcountry Week
Calling all kids!! Do not let this Father’s Day slip away without doing something special for the one you love. Bring that special someone out to the park to enjoy a day of fun in the sun fishing in Biggin Creek. Prizes will be awarded to the adult/child teams for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for the total weight of your three largest fish. Drawings will be done during awards ceremony for other surprise gifts. Everyone walks away with something! Bring your own fishing supplies. POLES ONLY, NO ROD & REELS.
Saturday, June 16, 2018