Youth Programs at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Field Trips/Youth Education Program
Boy Scout Merit Badge Programs
Zoo & Nature Center
|Age appropriate learning based on
South Carolina standards curriculum.
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.
Field Trips / Youth Education Program
Harness creation and enrich your student's learning through Magnolia Plantation & Garden's Youth Education Program. Bring your students to learn in our campground setting, complete with enclosed shelters and nature at your fingertips. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens offers discounted rates for school field trips with 15 or more students.
Classes can choose from the following:
Full Youth Program - $15 per student
This program is best for 3rd - 8th graders and is approximately two hours long. There are two available time slots each day. The program consists of three rotational learning centers and one field study:
Water Ecology Center - learn about the different water systems in South Carolina
Botany Center - focus on Azaleas
Contributions of the Enslaved Africans Center
Field Study / Audubon Swamp
All three centers are led in a small group setting with meaningful interactive hands-on activities that will help the information come alive for your students. Admission to explore the gardens is included and the nature train can be added on with this program.
Self-Guided Program - $9.50 per student
This self-guided field study includes educational forms to help you explore America's oldest gardens.
Gardens Only - $6 per student
This includes admission to visit the award-winning gardens at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens.
All three Youth Education Programs include a visit to 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 Plantation & Gardens,
and access to the Horticultural Maze.
|Audubon Swamp Garden
All additional tours are $6 each and include: Magnolia Plantation & Garden's History; Nature Walk; Greenhouse; Audubon Swamp; Nature Boat; Slavery to Freedom*; Plantation House*.
*High School and College Students Only
One chaperone per six children is required and will receive complimentary admission for the Full Youth Program only. Additional adult garden admission for the Full Youth Program, Self-Guided Program and Gardens Only is $10. Classes who participate in the full youth program can receive by email our Bird Walk Newsletter, written by Jayne Matney, a former science teacher. This is a wonderful resource to be read to the students! Advanced booking is required. (return to top of page)
LUNCH OPTIONS FOR FIELD TRIPS
Boy Scout Merit Badge Programs at
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
to be added to the class roster.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Citizenship in the World and Nature
Citizenship in the World: Watch or read the news for discussion of current events AND visit the website of the U.S. State Department.
Nature: Set out a bird feeder, house or bath and record what species use it.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Plant Science and Insect Study
Plant Science: Collect, identify and mount leaves from at least 10 different plants.
Insect Study: Raise an insect from its larval stage to an adult (mealworms are readily available at many pet shops and are easy to raise).
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens 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
- Bird Study
- Citizenship in the Nation
- Citizenship in the World
- Environmental Science
- First Aid
- Fish & Wildlife Management
- Indian Lore
- Insect Study
- Mammal Study
- 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 & Gardens
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
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 at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens are like none other. Where can you sit under the shade of the Live Oaks with Spanish Moss draping down, waddle with a goose named Garfield in our nature zoo, and play in a maze that was originally planted in the 1920s? Only Magnolia Plantation & Gardens!
The birthday area has picnic tables and is conveniently located by the maze. Use of the Carriage House, Conservatory, Pavilion or Veranda are not included. The fee for a birthday party is $100 for the first 20 guests (2 and under are free) and $5 for each additional person. Advance payment required. Birthday parties cannot be scheduled for special event days. Call in advance for availability.
Tours can be reserved for only $6 per person! Other guided nature, history, or animal programs are available upon request and can be customized with advanced notice. (return to top of page)
Zoo & Nature Center
Magnolia Plantation & Garden'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 & Gardens 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)