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Youth Programs at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Boy Scout Merit Badge Programs
Camping
Field Trips
Outreach Programs
Birthday Parties
Zoo & Nature Center
Nature & History Day Camps
 

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, with its historical significance and diverse natural habitats, is an ideal location to host educational programs for children of all ages. Students can re-live history at the plantation, which was established in 1676 and has experienced events such as early colonization, the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and Reconstruction. The history and contributions of the slaves who operated the rice cultivation here are interpreted inside restored cabins in which they lived. Wildlife is in abundance here, with the swamps, marshes and woodlands on the plantation. The Audubon Swamp Garden is home to one of the region's most diverse nesting grounds of many species of herons and egrets. Alligators can also be safely observed at many locations throughout the swamp.


Boy Scout Merit Badge Programs at
Magnolia Plantation

843-571-1266
zoo@magnoliaplantation.com

Cost: $25 (includes 2 merit badge programs, lunch and admission to gardens)
Accompanying adults: $10 (admission and lunch)
Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard and Discover accepted

Registration: 8:30am to 9:00am - Programs start at 9:00am

Location: 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414

Reservations required. Contact zoo@magnoliaplantation.com
to be added to the class roster.


Saturday, August 9, 2014
Insect Study and Geology

Prerequisites

Insect Study: Raise an insect from larval stage to adult (recommendation: purchase mealworms from a pet shop to raise).

Geology: Visit a museum where fossils are prepared and displayed.


Saturday, September 13, 2014
Environmental Science and Fish & Wildlife Management

Prerequisites

Environmental Science: Write a report on an aquatic pollution AND an endangered species.

Fish & Wildlife: Make and set out a bird feeder, bird bath or bird house and record what species use it.

Boy Scouts

Magnolia Plantation offers Boy Scouts opportunities to earn merit badges with study sessions and workshops.

Classes are scheduled on Saturdays throughout the year. Merit badge studies offered are:

  • American Heritage
  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Bird Study
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Citizenship in the World
  • Collections
  • Communications
  • Environmental Science
  • First Aid
  • Fish & Wildlife Management
  • Forestry
  • Genealogy
  • Indian Lore
  • Insect Study
  • Mammal Study
  • Nature
  • Photography
  • Plant Science
  • Reptile & Amphibian Study

In addition to our study programs, scouts are also offered opportunities for service projects and Eagle Scout promotions.

Camping is also available to scouts and troops participating with programs or projects. (return to top of page)

Camping at Magnolia Plantation

Magnolia's primitive campgrounds are available to organized youth groups. To make a reservation, contact Tori Luke, Magnolia's youth program coordinator. Tori can be reached at 843-571-1266, ext. 220.


Field TripsField Trips

Magnolia Plantation offers discounted rates for school field trips. Classes can choose from our guided tours.

The Nature Train and Nature Boat tours take visitors through the wilderness while looking and talking about the native plants and animals. The Slavery to Freedom Tour interprets the history of the lives and contributions of the slaves that worked on the plantation. For younger students, an alternate slave history tour is available. The Plantation House tour focuses on the history of the Drayton family and the antiques and artifacts on display. All of our tours have been audited by teachers in the district and do conform to the state's education standards.

Attractions included with the basic admission include the Zoo & Nature Center, which features a collection of domestic and wild animals, the Orientation Theatre, a twenty-minute film on the history of Magnolia Plantation and the Horticultural Maze.

Group rate (12 or more) is $10 per student. This includes admission to the gardens and a guided tour. Additional tours are $5 each. One chaperone per six children is required. Advanced booking required. (return to top of page)


Outreach ProgramsOutreach Programs

Animal programs are available for outreach programs.

Live animals, including spiders, snakes and alligators and natural history artifacts can come to the schools to give students an up-close and personal experience they will not soon forget, as they learn about animal adaptations, behaviors and environments. It is not every day that a child can have a tarantula walk across his or her hands, feel the smooth scaly skin of a snake or meet and touch an alligator in person!

The outreach programs are best suited to single classrooms (up to 30 students) to allow for a better learning experience. Programs can be tailored to specific topics.

Our programs are also available for school science fairs and events.

The outreach programs are available at no cost to public schools in the Charleston area. Contributions are accepted to help fund the programs. (return to top of page)


Birthday Parties

If you are looking for an unusual way to celebrate a birthday, we can help! Birthday celebrations with a host of animals in attendance make for a memorable time. Exclusive animal programs are available for parties at Magnolia Plantation. Children can also visit the Zoo & Nature Center, explore the Horticultural Maze and stroll through the garden paths. Children can also search for shark teeth in our fossil pit and keep what they find!

Picnic tables are available in several locations throughout the grounds. The use of the Carriage House, Conservatory or Veranda are not included.

Group rates (15 or more) for admission are available.
Adults - $9.50, Children 12 and under - $5.00

Group rates are also available for any of the guided tours.

Animal programs are complimentary for birthday groups. (return to top of page)


Zoo & Nature CenterZoo & Nature Center

Magnolia Plantation's Zoo & Nature Center is home to a variety of domestic livestock and animals native to the region. Visitors have a unique opportunity to interact with white-tailed deer as they roam freely through the zoo. Goats, turkeys, chickens and other farm animals that likely would have been found on a working plantation also roam the zoo. Exhibits feature a collection of native wildlife, including grey foxes, bobcat, birds of prey and a reptile house.

Many of the animals that reside here are from wildlife rehabilitation centers, where they were rescued as orphans or treated for injuries and were not suitable to be released. Magnolia Plantation has a long-time working relationship with local wildlife rehabilitators and also helps support them financially.

The Zoo & Nature Center is included with basic admission. It is one of the featured attractions for school groups and education programs. An outdoor classroom is adjacent to the zoo. (return to top of page)


Nature & History Day Camps and EventsNature & History Day Camps and Events

Children can learn about nature and history first-hand with our day camps. Camps include guided tours through the swamp to search for wildlife, educational animal programs, archaeological digs, arts & crafts and colonial era cooking demonstrations.
Cost is $25 per person. Camps last from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Admission to the gardens and lunch are included.

Magnolia Plantation hosts special activities celebrating events such as National Public Garden Day, Independence Day, Barbados Comes to Charleston and Black History Month. These events feature guest speakers, re-enactors and exhibitors teach students about history, nature, craftsmanship and cultures.

Special events are scheduled throughout the year. (return to top of page)