Educational programs offered at the park are both history and nature-based. History-based programs deal with the wide range of historical events that took place on or around Stony Landing Plantation, such as children's life, rice production and canal history. Environmental programs emphasize the vast diversity of plant and animal life found throughout the park. Topics include insects, reptiles, trees and swamps.

All programs at the park meet the state curriculum standards. Cost is $2 per student for two programs. Additional programs are $2 each. All chaperones are $2 each; teachers are free. Minimum of 10 students. Minimum charge of $30 will be applied to groups of 10-15 students.

Some programs can be taken to schools; please speak with an Educator for details. These 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.

Historical Education


This class will discuss how rice production and culture in South Carolina turned it into one of the wealthiest colonies in the western world.  Students will even try their hands at processing rice!  They will then learn what led to the downfall of the rice culture and see the effects it had on the land today.


Students will learn all about the history of indigo cultivation in South Carolina, including planting, processing and dyeing techniques.  We will discuss why indigo was an important crop in the 1700s and what role it played in the history of our state. Each student will have a chance to dye a piece of fabric and take it home.  


Students will dive into the Native American culture that existed before the arrival of Europeans and briefly discuss the effects of colonial expansion. Using our surroundings, we will discuss how Native Americans used the ecosystem for all their needs, including medicinal plant usage and community structure.


Day to day work in the colonial era involved the entire family and everyone had a job to do. One of these important jobs of children was to make candles for the whole year for each family. Students will learn about the different types of candle making and get to try their hand at dipping candles.


America’s first true canal was built right here at the park, connecting the Cooper and Santee Rivers and creating a direct route to Charleston from the agricultural center of our state. Students will learn about the history of the canal from lock construction and operation to the important jobs that were needed to build and run this vital 19th century canal.

Environmental Education


In one of our most popular programs, students will learn about the importance of the swamp ecosystem and its many inhabitants. Students will be led on our swamp boardwalk with nets so they can catch and identify different species of wildlife in the swamp.


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


Using hands-on activities, students 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. Students will also discover many interesting facts as we take a short nature walk identifying the park’s trees.


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.


In this class, students will take a trip through the Milky Way Galaxy. They will explore subjects within astronomy, such as the moon, solar system, stars, and constellations.  Students will then become part of the solar system and see how far our solar system stretches!  Lastly, using the park's planetarium, students will be able to locate common constellations and the fascinating stories and legends behind them.  


Teacher-Led Activites



Discover the Park Hunt

CAVE THEATRE FILMS Films range in length from 23–59 minutes

Web of Water

Palmetto Places: Moncks Corner

NatureScene: The Old Santee Canal



Pond Life



MAIN THEATRE FILMS Films range in length from 17–58 minutes

History of the Santee Canal: America's First Superhighway

Pushing Back the Darkness: The Story of Santee Cooper

Canals West

With These Hands

They were Here

Silent Witness: Protecting American Indian Archeological Heritage

Chasing the Swamp Fox

Teacher Registration

To register please call 843-899-5200.