Discovery Days - High School

Program Fee Information

Discovery Days programs are $15 per student and last up to 4 hours, including a 30-minute picnic lunch. Small groups (48 or less) provide the best opportunities for hands-on learning. Multiple days can be reserved to accommodate entire grade levels.

Scheduling Your Visit

Step 1: Choose the field study that is right for your students. Most programs offered can be customized to fit the needs of any group.

Step 2: Call Camp Discovery at 803-754-2008 to check for date availability.

Step 3: Sign and return the Program Reservation Agreement along with your $50 deposit to secure your date!

Discovery Days Programs (Grades 9 -12)

Investigating Water Quality through a Benthic Macroinvertebrate Inventory (BMI)
In this biology field lab, students will investigate the health of an aquatic system by sampling benthic (bottom dwelling) macroinvertebrates (small, but seen with the naked eye, mostly insect larvae). Students will collect macroinvertebrates from a pond and stream and use as bioindicators of water quality. They will assign relative pollution values for each type and come up with a biodiversity index for that aquatic biome.

9th – 12th Grades: HB6A; HB6D

Identifying and Comparing Habitat Biodiversity
In this this inquiry-based activity, students will collect insects from two different habitats and use them to quantify the biodiversity of each habitat. Along a transect, students will sweep-net their specimens from a grassland site and the "forest edge" of a deciduous hardwood forest. Students will build skills in proper field collection techniques, sampling methods, calculation of biodiversity, quantitative techniques, and field guide use.

9th – 12th Grades: HB6A; HB6D

Ornithology
Birds pollinate plants, disperse seeds, scavenge carcasses and recycle nutrients back into the earth; they keep ecological systems in balance and serve as important biological indicators of the health of our planet. Through the study of migratory birds, students will explore the interconnections between birds and humans. Students will learn tools and techniques scientists use to gather information about birds, their behaviors and their habitats and investigate factors affecting the distribution of various bird species across North and South America.

9th – 12th Grades: HB6A; HB6D