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, May 26, 2018
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, May 30, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - Father's Day
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - Independence Day
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - Parent's Day
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - Grandparent's Day
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - Johnny Appleseed
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - Halloween
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - Thanksgiving
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - Christmas
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
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
Using the park's live collection, we will take a look at the common reptiles of Old Santee Canal Park. This provides a unique, hands-on experience into the world of "creepy, crawly things." We will discuss specific traits and characteristics of these animals that you find in your own backyard!
Saturday, July 7, 2018
A hummingbird in your garden is always a treat! While some are here year round, most hummingbirds return to our yards in the spring. Our class will focus on the natural history of these frenzied flyers and help you attract these beautiful creatures to your backyard garden.
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Summer is in full swing here at the park! Come enjoy a cool evening paddle while you listen to the sights and sounds of the park's nocturnal creatures stirring to life. Our educator on staff will inform you all about the plants and animals you come across on this trip. Canoes, life jackets, and paddles will be provided, and a short instructional period for beginners will be done in the classroom before heading out. Bring the whole family out for a relaxing evening out on the water.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
There are more types of insects in the world than all other living things combined! This class offers an exciting look into this mysterious world with live and preserved specimens. This will also include a brief nature walk to capture and identify insects at the park.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Take an enjoyable walking tour while learning about the historical and natural beauty of Old Santee Canal Park. The tour includes a guided tour through the Stony Landing House and an easy 1 mile nature walk through Biggin Swamp.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Artists from around the state will be competing for several prizes. Awards and prize money will be given in six categories: Watercolor, Oils, Acrylic, Pastel, Drawing, and Mixed Media.
Saturday, September 1 - Sunday, September 9, 2018
The alligator is always a thrill to see basking in the warm sun. Come join us for short presentation covering the natural history of the American Alligator (featuring our park's live alligator) before heading outside to see these beautiful reptiles in their natural environment.
Saturday, September 8, 2018
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.
September 12, 2018 - Dye It Blue Indigo Class + Roots to Branches Tree Class
December 5, 2018 - Candlemaking + Incredible Insects
Fall is on it's way! Let's make a fun fall wreath for your home. Use the decorations we have on hand, or bring your own! Grape vine wreaths provided.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
This festival will include demonstrations, bird-friendly products, and experts in birds of South Carolina. Highlights will include flight demonstrations, guided bird tours of the park, and a tutorial on bird photography. Festival will also include food, music, and information tables. Come support the park and learn about the diversity of birds in South Carolina.
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Join us for our second annual Pirate Festival, hosted by the Berkeley County Museum and Heritage Center and Old Santee Canal Park. There will be face painting, a pirate-themed jump castle, food trucks, music, theater and lectures! Come out for two full days of family fun.
Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, 2018
Come enjoy a picnic with your family at the park and show support for a drug-free Berkeley County. The park will have game booths, food vendors, and live entertainment. Wear red and get in for FREE!
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Eliza Lucas Pinckney grew the first successful crop of indigo in South Carolina in 1742. It soon became the second-most profitable crop in the colony, preceded only by rice. Come learn all about this fascinating plant, how to process it for dye, and its impact on South Carolina history. Participants will be able to try their hand at indigo dyeing with one item (t-shirt size or smaller) brought from home.
November 3, 2018
Celebrate the Season presents the 6th Annual Tinsel Trot Holiday Fun Run/Walk at Old Santee Canal Park. Everyone is invited to take an evening run, walk, dash, dance, or prance through the 2 mile course that offers a "sneaker preview" of the Celebrate the Season Holiday Lights Driving Tour. This family-friendly event will feature a special guest appearance from Santa Claus, fun activities and food! All food proceeds will benefit local non-profit charities. Costumes encouraged! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sorry, no pets.
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Using hands-on activities, we will learn about native plants and trees here at the park and their important biological processes. Topics covered include transpiration, soil composition, and plant adaptations. We will also discover many interesting facts as we take a short nature walk identifying the park's plants and trees.
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Day to day work in the colonial era involved the entire family. One of the important jobs of children was to make candles for the whole family for the entire year. We will learn about the different types of candles that were made and participants will get to try their hand at making their own.
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Learn to create a beautiful holiday wreath from natural materials found around the park. We will go on a short nature walk to gather and discuss the items to be used in this wreath.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Winter may be in full swing, but many creatures can still be seen and heard this time of year! Join us for a morning paddle with one of our educators. Canoes, life jackets, and paddles will be provided, and a short instructional period for beginners will be done in the classroom before heading out. Bring the whole family out for an enjoyable winter morning out on the water.
Saturday, December 29, 2018