Youth Programs at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Boy Scout Merit Badge Programs
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
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 email@example.com
to be added to the class roster.
November 16, 2013
Citizenship in the Nation and Indian Lore
Citizenship in the Nation: Watch or read the news for a week for discussion of current events AND write a letter to a member of Congress about a concern of yours.
Indian Lore: Research the history and lifestyles of a tribe or group.
December 14, 2013
Citizenship in the World and Geology
Citizenship in the World: Visit the website of the U.S. State Department and research a news story about human rights in another country.
Geology: Visit a museum where fossils are displayed and learn how they are preserved and displayed.
January 18, 2014
Communications and Collections
Communications: Write and give a 5 minute speech, attend a public meeting, and write a letter to a paper or magazine.
Collections: Write a report on your collection (other than stamps or coins). Describe handling, cleaning, storage, values, conventions and terminology.
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
- 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
The campgrounds have recently been expanded and are now open for use. We have twice as much space now, plus new picnic tables, storage bins and a fire pit.
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
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.
required. (return to top of page)
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)
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 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 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
Special events are scheduled
throughout the year. (return to top of page)