Youth Programs at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens | Charleston, SC
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Youth Programs at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Youth Groups/Field Trips
Boy Scout & Girl Scout Merit Badge Programs
Camping
Outreach Programs
Zoo & Nature Center

Youth Education ProgramAge 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.

 

Youth Education Program
 
Youth Education ProgramNature at its best!

Youth Groups

Harness creation and enrich your student's learning through Magnolia Plantation & Garden's Youth Education Programs. Magnolia offers 3 different field trip options to suit your learning needs. Bring your students to learn in our campground setting, complete with enclosed shelters and nature at your fingertips, or take them on our guided Slavery to Freedom or Nature Train tour. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens offers discounted rates for school field trips with 15 or more students.


Feild Trip Options
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FULL YOUTH PROGRAM

NATURE AND HISTORY

GARDENS ONLY

All three Youth Education Programs include a visit to the Zoo & Nature Center, which features a collection of domestic and wild animals, the Orientation Threatre, a 20-minute film on the history of Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, and access to the Horticultural Maze.


FULL YOUTH PROGRAM - $15 per student
This program is designed for students in the 3rd - 8th grade. The program is approximately two hours long and consists of three rotational learning centers.
• Water Ecology Center - learn about the different water systems in South Carolina
• Botany Center
• Contributions of the Enslaved Center

NATURE AND HISTORY - $18 per student
Students will receive a 45-minute narrated tour that will include a tram ride around the outside of the historic gardens, giving insight to how Magnolia was created and has evolved since then. Students will also take part in the Slavery to Freedom tour which, focuses on the lives of the enslaved and their contributions to the plantation.

Youth Education ProgramAudubon Swamp Garden

GARDENS ONLY - $12 per student
Students are granted basic admission to Magnolia Plantation & Gardens and the Audubon Swamp. No guided tours are included in this price.

A La Carte:
All additional tours: Nature Train, Nature Boat (as the season permits), Plantation House (High School and College students only) and Slavery to Freedom tour. These tours can be added on for an additional $6.00 per student.

One chaperone per 6 children is required and will receive complimentary admission. Additional adult garden admission is $10.00 per adult. Please be advised that only parents and chaperones who arrive on the bus will be allowed to go on the tours with students. Any parent or guardian arriving on their own are not guaranteed a place and must pay full garden admission.

Lunch is available, and menu options will be provided upon request.

Field Trip Request Form

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Boy Scout & Girl Scout Merit Badge Programs at
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Location: 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414

To enroll, e-mail zoo@magnoliaplantation.com
Include names of those to attend.

Cost is $25 per scout, $10 for accompanying adults or siblings.
Includes merit badge program(s), lunch and admission to the gardens.

Classes start at 9:00am.
Classes usually end around 1:00pm. Times may vary with different topics.

 

GIRL SCOUTS
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Animal Habitats and Bird Watching

Learn about animals and their environments, go on a guided tour to see wildlife and explore their habitats, and learn about identifying and studying birds.

 

BOY SCOUTS
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Citizenship in the Nation and American Heritage

Prerequisites
Citizenship in the Nation: Watch or read the news for discussion of current events AND write a letter to your congressional representative about a concern of yours.

 

GIRL SCOUTS
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Outdoor Adventurer and Nature Center

Go on a guided tour to explore nature and learn about the wildlife and how to care for the outdoors. Visit the nature center and learn about caring for the animals and meet some of them up close and personal!

 

BOY SCOUTS
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Environmental Science and Fish & Wildlife Management

Prerequisites
Environmental Science: Write a report on aquatic pollution AND a report on an endangered species.
Fish & Wildlife Management: Construct a nest box or bird feeder and record what species use it.

 

 

Boy Scouts

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
  • 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.

Looking for a site to earn camping badges? We have campgrounds available! For inquires or to make a reservatioin, contact youth@magnoliaplantation.com.

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Camping at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Magnolia Plantation & Garden's primitive campgrounds are available to organized youth groups. To make a reservation, contact 843-571-1266 or youth@magnoliaplantation.com. (return to top of page)

 

Outreach Programs
Outreach 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)


 

Zoo & Nature Center

Zoo & Nature CenterMagnolia 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)