The park was visited by the Easter bunny and there are brightly colored presents scattered throughout the park! Bring your kids out for an exciting Easter egg hunt while exploring the park at the same time. Children 6 and under will be searching for eggs next to the Learning Center. Children ages 7-13 will explore the trails and park to find hidden treasures throughout our beautiful swamp. Each child will have the opportunity to collect 10 eggs. Golden Eggs will be hidden around the park as well! Also the Easter Bunny plans to hang out for photos. An Easter bunny hop sack race will be available throughout the event. There will also be a designated special needs egg area. The fee is $5.00 per child and adults are free. Cash only please!
Saturday, April 20, 2019
This festival will include presentations by guest lecturers, local organizations and vendors, and guided plant walks. 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.
Schedule of Events:
9 am Plant Sale begins
10 am Native Plant Walk with Vaughan Spearman
11 am Bees and Native Plants with Beezie Fleming
1 pm Carnivorous Plants of the Lowcountry with Brad Sale
2 pm Understanding Aquatic Invasives with Carl Bussells
3 pm Festival ends
List of plants that will be for sale:
Exact quantities and species may change prior to the plant sale; we will do our best to keep this list accurate.
Cash and credit cards accepted. Prices will vary with vendor.
Saturday, April 27, 2019
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, April 17, 2019 - Easter
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - Mother's Day
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - Father's Day
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 4th of July
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - Parents Day
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - Summer Fun
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - Grandparents Day
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - Johnny Appleseed
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - Columbus Day
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - Halloween
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - Thanksgiving
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - Snow Slime
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - Christmas
Summer is on it's way! At the park we offer themed week-long camps throughout the summer so your kiddo can have a blast while learning about local history and nature.
Registration opens Monday, March 11, 2019.
Junior Explorers (ages 6-8):
June 24-28 (Birds) FULL
July 1-5 (History)
July 15-19 (Water)
Senior Explorers (ages 9-12):
June 10-14 (History)
July 8-12 (Plants) FULL
July 22-26 (Water) FULL
Pro Explorers (ages 13-15):
June 17-21 (Exploring the Lowcountry)
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. This program will also feature a Prothonotary Warbler Banding Demonstration conducted by Audubon South Carolina. Come see these beautiful birds up close and learn more about our partnership with Audubon to protect them. We will cover approximately 1 mile over well-graded gravel paths and boardwalk, with some minimal inclines and uneven surfaces. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Bincoculars will be provided but please bring your own if able.
For registration information, please email Matt Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Our year-long 30th anniversary celebration continues with a birthday party at the park! We will have free guided canoe trips, nature walks, candle-making demonstration, Stony Landing House tours, jump castles, crafts and so much more! And you can’t have a birthday party without CAKE! Please stay tuned to our website and social media pages for more details. Come help us celebrate 30 years of Old Santee Canal Park!
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Are you a single homeschool family looking for more educational opportunities? This is for you! Open to homeschoolers of all ages. We will be teaching two classes just for you! The classes will be focused on 2nd through 5th grade, though all are welcome. 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. This is a great opportunity for some hands-on learning but class size is limited to only 25 students.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Wednesday, December 11, 201
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, May 18, 2019
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. We will also help you attract these beautiful creatures to your backyard garden.
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Life in the summer swamp is vibrant and beautiful! Come enjoy a cool evening 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, and you'll get to explore the remnants of the first canal ever built in America. Canoes, lifejackets, and paddles will be provided and a short instructional period for beginners will done before heading out.
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Enjoy Father's Day at the park and go 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. Bring your own fishing supplies. POLES ONLY, NO RODS OR REELS.
Saturday, June 15, 2019
In this class we are going to take a closer look at what lurks below the surface of the swamp. We will see what features make a fish capable of living life underwater. We may even try our hand at catching our own fish!
Saturday, June 22, 2019
The king of the swamp lays claim over his domain at Old Santee Canal Park. The alligator is always a thrill to see basking in the warm sun! We will do a short presentation inside covering the natural history of alligators using our live alligator and then head outside to see these beautiful reptiles in their natural environment.
Saturday, June 29, 2019