Educational programs at the park deal with the wide range of historical events that took place on or around Stony Landing Plantation, such as children's life, archeology and canal history. Environmental programs emphasize the vast diversity of plant and animal life found throughout the park. Topics include insects, reptiles, trees and wetlands.


All programs meet the state curriculum standards, and all but a handful can be taken from the park to the classroom. Cost is $2 per student for two programs. Additional programs are $2 each. Maximum class size is 30, including students and chaperones. An ideal chaperone ratio is 1:8 with a maximum of four adults per class. Extra adults will be charged $2. Classes with fewer than 15 students will be charged a flat fee of $30. Students should wear name tags and be dressed appropriately for activity and weather.


All programs are available to travel to South Carolina schools, with the exception of "Child's Life" and "Stony Landing House". All programs are $2 per child/per program with a minimum of 25 students. Programs are approximately one (1) hour.  Classes appropriate for all grade levels.


Why are there no elephants in the swamp? Can a lizard survive in the arctic? This class will look at the roles and adaptations that animals have in their specific environment. It will also look at the roles in our lives and communities and link these natural roles to our own roles at the community and global level.


Using the park's live collection, students will take a look at the common reptiles and amphibians of the Old Santee Canal Park. This class provides students a unique, hands-on experience into the world of "creepy, crawly things." Classes will compare and contrast reptiles and amphibians and discuss specific traits and characteristics of these animals that you may find in your own backyard!


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. Students get transformed into one giant insect as they act out the functions of the head, thorax and abdomen. A special surprise is included with this class.


Students will discover many interesting facts as we take a short walk identifying the park's trees. The program will also include activities that demonstrate the base functions and needs of these stately treasures from roots to branches.


This is one of our most popular programs! Students will be led on our swamp boardwalk with nets and buckets in hand. They will catch and identify many inhabitants in the swamp from fish to insects to microscopic plankton. This program is sure to excite and educate!


Take an in depth look at the flow of water on our planet. We will not only study the natural processes of water in the cycle, but will also discuss water issues and how water affects and is affected by humans. This innovative class addresses one of the world’s most pressing environmental and economic issues.


Raptors, songbirds, wading birds, and waterfowl are just a few types of birds that call the park home. Students will take a look at the many features these birds exhibit. From bills to legs to feathers, the class will explore the different functions that make the world of birds so diverse. A small walk along the swamp boardwalk and several activities reinforce this knowledge.