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KINDERGARTEN

LIFE SCIENCE: EXPLORING ORGANISMS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Standard K.L.2: The student will demonstrate an understanding of organisms found in the environment and how these organisms depend on the environment to meet those needs.
K.L.2A. Conceptual Understanding: The environment consists of many types of organisms including plants, animals, and fungi. Organisms depend on the land, water, and air to live and grow. Plants need water and light to make their own food. Fungi and animals cannot make their own food and get energy from other sources. Animals (including humans) use different body parts to obtain food and other resources needed to grow and survive. Organisms live in areas where their needs for air, water, nutrients, and shelter are met.

Performance Indicators: Students who demonstrate this understanding can:


K.L.2A.1 Obtain information to answer questions about different organisms found in the environment (such as plants, animals, or fungi).
K.L.2A.2 Conduct structured investigations to determine what plants need to live and grow (including water and light).
K.L.2A.3 Develop and use models to exemplify how animals use their body parts to (1) obtain food and other resources, (2) protect themselves, and (3) move from place to place.
K.L.2A.4 Analyze and interpret data to describe how humans use their senses to learn about the world around them.
K.L.2A.5 Construct explanations from observations of what animals need to survive and grow (including air, water, nutrients, and shelter).
K.L.2A.6 Obtain and communicate information about the needs of organisms to explain why they live in particular areas.

 

GRADE ONE

LIFE SCIENCE: PLANTS AND THEIR ENVIRONMENTS

Standard 1.L.5: The student will demonstrate an understanding of how the structures of plants help them survive and grow in their environments.
1.L.5A. Conceptual Understanding: Plants have specific structures that help them survive, grow, and produce more plants. Plants have predictable characteristics at different stages of development.
Performance Indicators: Students who demonstrate this understanding can:
1.L.5A.1 Obtain and communicate information to construct explanations for how different plant structures (including roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds) help plants survive, grow, and produce more plants.
1.L.5A.2 Construct explanations of the stages of development of a flowering plant as it grows from a seed using observations and measurements.
1.L.5B. Conceptual Understanding: Plants have basic needs that provide energy in order to grow and be healthy. Each plant has a specific environment where it can thrive. There are distinct environments in the world that support different types of plants. These environments can change slowly or quickly. Plants respond to these changes in different ways.

Performance Indicators: Students who demonstrate this understanding can:


1.L.5B.1 Conduct structured investigations to answer questions about what plants need to live and grow (including air, water, sunlight, minerals, and space).
1.L.5B.2 Develop and use models to compare how the different characteristics of plants help them survive in distinct environments (including deserts, forests, and grasslands).
1.L.5B.3 Analyze and interpret data from observations to describe how changes in the environment cause plants to respond in different ways (such as turning leaves toward the Sun, leaves changing color, leaves wilting, or trees shedding leaves).


GRADE TWO

LIFE SCIENCE: ANIMALS AND THEIR ENVIRONMENTS

Standard 2.L.5: The student will demonstrate an understanding of how the structures of animals help them survive and grow in their environments.
2.L.5A. Conceptual Understanding: There are many different groups of animals. One way to group animals is by using their physical characteristics. Animals have basic needs that provide for energy, growth, reproduction, and protection. Animals have predictable characteristics at different stages of development.

Performance Indicators: Students who demonstrate this understanding can:


2.L.5A.1 Obtain and communicate information to classify animals (such as mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, or insects) based on their physical characteristics.
2.L.5A.2 Construct explanations for how structures (including structures for seeing, hearing, grasping, protection, locomotion, and obtaining and using resources) of different animals help them survive.
2.L.5A.3 Construct explanations using observations and measurements of an animal as it grows and changes to describe the stages of development of the animal.
2.L.5B. Conceptual Understanding: Animals (including humans) require air, water, food, and shelter to survive in environments where these needs can be met. There are distinct environments in the world that support different types of animals. Environments can change slowly or quickly. Animals respond to these changes in different ways.

Performance Indicators: Students who demonstrate this understanding can:

2.L.5B.1 Obtain and communicate information to describe and compare how animals interact with other animals and plants in the environment.
2.L.5B.2 Develop and use models to exemplify characteristics of animals that help them survive in distinct environments (such as salt and freshwater, deserts, forests, wetlands, or polar lands).
2.L.5B.3 Analyze and interpret data from observations to describe how animals respond to changes in their environment (such as changes in food availability, water, or air).
2.L.5B.4 Construct scientific arguments to explain how animals can change their environments (such as the shape of the land or the flow of water).

GRADE THREE

EARTH SCIENCE: EARTH’S MATERIALS AND PROCESSES

Standard 3.E.4: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the composition of Earth and the processes that shape features of Earth’s surface.
3.E.4A. Conceptual Understanding: Earth is made of materials (including rocks, minerals, soil, and water) that have distinct properties. These materials provide resources for human activities.

Performance Indicators: Students who demonstrate this understanding can:

3.E.4A.1 Analyze and interpret data from observations and measurements to describe and compare different Earth materials (including rocks, minerals, and soil) and classify each type of material based on its distinct physical properties.
3.E.4A.2 Develop and use models to describe and classify the pattern distribution of land and water features on Earth.
3.E.4A.3 Obtain and communicate information to exemplify how humans obtain, use, and protect renewable and nonrenewable Earth resources.
3.E.4B. Conceptual Understanding: Earth’s surface has changed over time by natural processes and by human activities. Humans can take steps to reduce the impact of these changes.

Performance Indicators: Students who demonstrate this understanding can:

3.E.4B.1 Develop and use models to describe the characteristics of Earth’s continental landforms and classify landforms as volcanoes, mountains, valleys, canyons, plains, and islands.
3.E.4B.2 Plan and conduct scientific investigations to determine how natural processes (including weathering, erosion, and gravity) shape Earth’s surface.
3.E.4B.3 Obtain and communicate information to explain how natural events (such as fires, landslides, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or floods) and human activities (such as farming, mining, or building) impact the environment.
3.E.4B.4 Define problems caused by a natural event or human activity and design devices or solutions to reduce the impact on the environment.

GRADE THREE

LIFE SCIENCE: ENVIRONMENTS AND HABITATS

Standard 3.L.5: The student will demonstrate an understanding of how the characteristics and changes in environments and habitats affect the diversity of organisms.
3.L.5A. Conceptual Understanding: The characteristics of an environment (including physical characteristics, temperature, availability of resources, or the kinds and numbers of organisms present) influence the diversity of organisms that live there. Organisms can survive only in environments where their basic needs are met. All organisms need energy to live and grow. This energy is obtained from food. The role an organism serves in an ecosystem can be described by the way in which it gets its energy.

Performance Indicators: Students who demonstrate this understanding can:

3.L.5A.1 Analyze and interpret data about the characteristics of environments (including salt and fresh water, deserts, grasslands, forests, rain forests, and polar lands) to describe how the environment supports a variety of organisms.
3.L.5A.2 Develop and use a food chain model to classify organisms as producers, consumers, and decomposers and to describe how organisms obtain energy.
3.L.5B. Conceptual Understanding: When the environment or habitat changes, some plants and animals survive and reproduce, some move to new locations, and some die. Fossils can be used to infer characteristics of environments from long ago.

Performance Indicators: Students who demonstrate this understanding can:

3.L.5B.1 Obtain and communicate information to explain how changes in habitats (such as those that occur naturally or those caused by organisms) can be beneficial or harmful to the organisms that live there.
3.L.5B.2 Develop and use models to explain how changes in a habitat cause plants and animals to respond in different ways (such as hibernating, migrating, responding to light, death, or extinction).
3.L.5B.3 Construct scientific arguments using evidence from fossils of plants and animals that lived long ago to infer the characteristics of early environments.


GRADE FOUR

LIFE SCIENCE: CHARACTERISTICS AND GROWTH OF ORGANISMS

Standard 4.L.5: The student will demonstrate an understanding of how the structural characteristics and traits of plants and animals allow them to survive, grow, and reproduce.
4.L.5A. Conceptual Understanding: Scientists have identified and classified many types of plants and animals. Each plant or animal has a unique pattern of growth and development called a life cycle. Some characteristics (traits) that organisms have are inherited and some result from interactions with the environment.

Performance Indicators: Students who demonstrate this understanding can:

4.L.5A.1 Obtain and communicate information about the characteristics of plants and animals to develop models which classify plants as flowering or nonflowering and animals as vertebrate or invertebrate.
4.L.5A.2  Analyze and interpret data from observations and measurements to compare the stages of development of different seed plants.
4.L.5A.3 Develop and use models to compare the stages of growth and development in various animals.
4.L.5A.4 Construct scientific arguments to support claims that some characteristics of organisms are inherited from parents and some are influenced by the environment.
4.L.5B. Conceptual Understanding: Plants and animals have physical characteristics that allow them to receive information from the environment. Structural adaptations within groups of plants and animals allow them to better survive and reproduce.

Performance Indicators: Students who demonstrate this understanding can:

4.L.5B.1 Develop and use models to compare how humans and other animals use their senses and sensory organs to detect and respond to signals from the environment.
4.L.5B.2 Construct explanations for how structural adaptations (such as the types of roots, stems, or leaves; color of flowers; or seed dispersal) allow plants to survive and reproduce.
4.L.5B.3 Construct explanations for how structural adaptations (such as methods for defense, locomotion, obtaining resources, or camouflage) allow animals to survive in the environment.


GRADE FIVE

EARTH SCIENCE: CHANGES IN LANDFORMS AND OCEANS


Performance Indicators: Students who demonstrate this understanding can:

5.E.3A.1 Construct explanations of how different landforms and surface features result from the location and movement of water on Earth’s surface through watersheds (drainage basins) and rivers.
5.E.3B.3 Construct scientific arguments to support claims that human activities (such as conservation efforts or pollution) affect the land and oceans of Earth.

LIFE SCIENCE: INTERDEPENDENT RELATIONSHIPS IN ECOSYSTEMS

Standard 5.L.4: The student will demonstrate an understanding of relationships among biotic and abiotic factors within terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

Performance Indicators: Students who demonstrate this understanding can:

5.L.4A.1 Analyze and interpret data to summarize the abiotic factors (including quantity of light and water, range of temperature, salinity, and soil composition) of different terrestrial ecosystems and aquatic ecosystems.
5.L.4A.2 Obtain and communicate information to describe and compare the biotic factors (including individual organisms, populations, and communities) of different terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
5.L.4B. Conceptual Understanding: All organisms need energy to live and grow. Energy is obtained from food. The role an organism serves in an ecosystem can be described by the way in which it gets its energy. Energy is transferred within an ecosystem as organisms produce, consume, or decompose food. A healthy ecosystem is one in which a diversity of life forms are able to meet their needs in a relatively stable web of life.

Performance Indicators: Students who demonstrate this understanding can:

5.L.4B.1 Analyze and interpret data to explain how organisms obtain their energy and classify an organisms as producers, consumers (including herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore), or decomposers (such as fungi and bacteria).
5.L.4B.2 Develop and use models of food chains and food webs to describe the flow of energy in an ecosystem.
5.L.4B.3 Construct explanations for how organisms interact with each other in an ecosystem (including predators and prey, and parasites and hosts).
5.L.4B.4 Construct scientific arguments to explain how limiting factors (including food, water, space, and shelter) or a newly introduced organism can affect an ecosystem.


GRADE SIX

LIFE SCIENCE: DIVERSITY OF LIFE – CLASSIFICATION AND ANIMALS

Standard 6.L.4: The student will demonstrate an understanding of how scientists classify organisms and how the structures, processes, behaviors, and adaptations of animals allow them to survive.

Performance Indicators: Students who demonstrate this understanding can:

6.L.4A.1 Obtain and communicate information to support claims that living organisms (1) obtain and use resources for energy, (2) respond to stimuli, (3) reproduce, and (4) grow and develop.
6.L.4A.2 Develop and use models to classify organisms based on the current hierarchical taxonomic structure (including the kingdoms of protists, plants, fungi, and animals).

Performance Indicators: Students who demonstrate this understanding can:

6.L.4B.1 Analyze and interpret data related to the diversity of animals to support claims that all animals (vertebrates and invertebrates) share common characteristics.
6.L.4B.2 Obtain and communicate information to explain how the structural adaptations and processes of animals allow for defense, movement, or resource obtainment.
6.L.4B.3 Construct explanations of how animal responses (including hibernation, migration, grouping, and courtship) to environmental stimuli allow them to survive and reproduce.
6.L.4B.4 Obtain and communicate information to compare and classify innate and learned behaviors in animals.
6.L.4B.5 Analyze and interpret data to compare how endothermic and ectothermic animals respond to changes in environmental temperature.

All Discovery Days programs include a S.T.E.M. based, hands-on learning component, an animal encounter and a interpretive trail hike. Programs are available year-round, unless otherwise noted as seasonal. Programs marked with an S, T, E or M reflect the most relevant S.T.E.M. focus.  Click here for an Overview of Standards addressed by each Discovery Days program.

Organisms! (S & E) - In this program you can learn what organisms are and what they need to survive. Students will discover the life cycles of native plants and animals. We will use our shared knowledge of organisms to design an organism of our own.

Plants and Their Environments (S & E) - This program makes learning about plants fun! We will learn about the very specific needs of plants to grow and reproduce. Students will learn about the parts of plants and adaptations that help them survive in the environment.

Animals and Their Habitats (S & E) - Do you know what animals live in South Carolina and why? This field study is an immersive hands on experience that involves classifying animals, identifying physical adaptations, life cycles, habitat investigations and much more.

Earth Materials and Processes (S & E) - Are you ready to get your hands dirty? Learn to classify soil components and types of soil in this field study. Discover the natural slow processes that create changes in our environment versus the faster and potentially damaging effects of human interactions with our world.

The Living System (S & T) - This program looks at abiotic and biotic factors and how they all works together to create a living system. Students will discover how elevation, rainfall, temperature, seasonal changes and even climate change effect the biological diversity on Earth.

Ecology (S & T) - Students will be introduced to the structures, processes, and responses of plants and animals at Camp Discovery. Together we will discover how animals and plants respond to environmental stimuli.

Wetland Ecology (S, T & E) - A series of programs coming Fall 2015!!!  This collection of field studies will immerse the student in a wetland habitat for collection, classification and discovery of aquatic insects and amphibians. Students will compare and contrast living organisms that we find and discuss their importance in the environment. All programs include a S.T.E.M. based, hands-on learning component, an animal encounter and a interpretive trail hike.

Ornithology (S & T) - Birding is one of the most rewarding and popular hobbies in the United States. Students will learn the basics of birding from general classification, adaptations for survival and identification.

Learners to Leaders aims to inspire young people to take action and make a difference to ensure a brighter future for the world we all share.  The service-based learning initiative targets students at a critical time in their development and provides direct experiences that nurture a sense of community, support academic achievement and promote environmental stewardship.

With Learners to Leaders, students are empowered to identify a need, devise and implement a plan of action and better their communities. Sessions are held monthly or quarterly and combine classroom instruction and real-world learning by transforming the local environment into an "outdoor learning lab.” Programs are customized to incorporate school curriculum into an authentic community-based service project addressing a key issue in the students’ own “backyard”. Students acquire a deeper understanding of the environment, practice civic engagement, and cultivate the skills to become future leaders in addressing community issues.

For more information on bringing the Learners to Leaders program to your students, contact Jay Robinson at 803-754-2008 or email jrobinson@campdiscoverysc.org.

      

Are you an Eagle Scout seeking a meaningful and fulfilling project in which to complete your service requirements?  Eagle Scout Service Projects make a big difference at Camp Discovery!  Camp Discovery maintains a menu of a variety of projects that Scouts can organize to help the Camp and fulfill their Eagle project requirements.

Eagle Scout Project Examples:
• Building and installing nesting boxes (owl, blue bird, etc)
• Creating a bridge, walkway, or arbor
• Constructing picnic tables or benches
• Collecting items for the Camp through a supply drive

Eagle Scout Service Projects must be approved in advance by Camp Discovery.  Once approved, the Scout can print and complete the Eagle Scout Service Packet and get started at a mutually agreed upon time.

If you are interested in learning more about the Camp’s needs and projects available, please email your contact information (including cell phone) and when you wish to complete your project.  A staff member will contact you about planning, organizing and approving your project.  For other questions, please call (803) 754-2008.

Camp Discovery offers opportunities for meaningful internships for a semester or during the summer.

Summer Education Internship - Currently accepting applicants for Summer 2015!  Each summer Camp Discovery seeks 1-2 Summer Education Interns to work on a variety of projects, observe and eventually teach hands-on outdoor programs, and assist with program coordination duties. Summer internships are unpaid.

Fall/Spring Education Internships - Currently accepting applicants for Fall 2015!  Each semester Camp Discovery also seeks 1-2 Education Interns to work on a variety of projects, observe and eventually teach hands-on outdoor programs, and assist with program coordination duties.  School year internships are unpaid.

To be considered for one of the internships available, please send an email expressing your interests to Joanna Weitzel, Executive Director or call 803-754-2008.

Camp Discovery thrives on volunteer and community involvement! Our volunteers play a vital role in the Camp’s success, contributing their time, skills and energy every day. Opportunities to work with children, animals, plants, while connecting with nature abound! Join in, meet new people, learn new things and help Camp Discovery keep growing. At Camp Discovery, our programs are a true reflection of the many people that pitch in to make this life-changing work possible. No prior experience is necessary, and anyone 16 years or older with a love for children, nature or just wishing to make a difference in our community is encouraged to submit an online application in one of the following areas:

Program Activities – If you like working with children, have an outgoing positive attitude, and enjoy learning and being outdoors, this is for you!  Program volunteers assist with school and summer programs or in preparing program activities.  Volunteers may guide a hike, oversee an activity, assist with activity set up, or be an extra set of eyes, ears and hands to ensure that programs run smoothly.  * Volunteers working with children will require an $8 background check.

Land Steward - 104 acres is a lot to maintain!  Our land stewards assist with work days or projects and work individually or as part of a group (schools, scouts, companies).  We have to keep trails and streams clean and safe, our green spaces mowed, and so much more!  This is the perfect area for those that want to use their hands and see the results of their efforts firsthand!  Children ages 12 and older can volunteer as part of a larger group.

Camp Steward - Camp Discovery has a very small staff and most of our time is spent on programming.  Keeping our inside spaces clean and welcoming is important to what we do here each and every day!  You will help us in keeping Camp Discovery beautiful for all who visit by assisting with light cleaning in the main areas, including sweeping, mopping, wiping tables or washing.

Painting -  Do you have patience or a steady hand?  Painting projects may include inside and outside tasks from touching up trim to staining picnic tables or benches.  Artistic talent?  We have special projects that include painting murals, pots for plants or outdoor displays.

Gardening -   Are you a green thumb gardener?  Gardening volunteers perform many tasks that beautify the grounds of Camp Discovery.  In the spring, tasks include planting trees, shrubs and bedding plants, or preparing garden containers.  Volunteers water flowerbeds and planters in the summer, and rake leaves and spread mulch in the winter

Animal Care -  Camp Discovery is home to a small collection of feathered, furred and scaled animals that play a vital role in our programs.  Volunteers will clean tanks, cages and fed and care for these most special ambassadors.

Special Skills -  Are you a social media guru, a fan of fundraising, or perhaps you're an eagle eyed birder?  We have a need for you!  From time to time, Camp Discovery has helping hands assist with specialized tasks from events to lectures, or on an "as needed" basis.  If you have a special talent or interest and wish to give back to help children in our community, let us know!

To learn more about volunteering at Camp Discovery, email us at info@campdiscovery.org or call us at 803-754-2008.

Adopting an animal from Camp Discovery is a very special and unique gift for the animal lover in your family.  We offer adoption plans for most of our animals, and each adoption includes a certificate wih photo, Information on the animal, a one on one with one of our naturalists and a sign posted on or near the animal’s home.

Eastern Box Turtle: Hazel

I get my name from my ability to completely shut myself inside my shell, just like closing a box!  I am used to teach about reptiles, hibernation and camouflage.   I am an important turtle and sadly my numbers are dwindling!  I was hit by a car and can no longer surbive in the wild.  

Broad Wing Hawk: Coming Soon!
Each spring, broad wing hawks migrate in large groups, and many call to me from the sky. With my broken leg I can no longer hubt to survive, but at Camp Discovery I don't have to worry about where my next meal is coming from, nor do I have to be concerned about predators anymore!  

Eatern Box Turtle: Squirt
If you have visited me, you might have spotted me sleeping under a log or taking a bath in my water bowl. 


Eastern King Snake: Soloman
I am one of the most popular animals at Camp Discovery and a great favorite of the staff as well. If you have visited me, you might have spotted me on my log basking under my heating lamp. In my tank I don’t look like I move too much, but when I am brought out for programs, I am known for exploring shirt pockets and hanging around people’s shoulders like a necklace! 

Eastern Corn Snake: Stormy
Most corn snakes are brown and orange.  We are called corn snakes because our scales resemble corn on the cob and we are often found in corn fields hunting mice. Unfortunately, my white scales make it hard for me to blend in a hide. The naturalists at WNC take good care of me. I am used to teach about reptiles, camouflage, and adaptations. 

Green Tree Frog: Laurel
Did you know there are TREE frogs in SC? That’s right. We are very hard to spot because of our excellent camouflage and our call that sounds more like a bird! I am used to teach about amphibians, life cycles, and camouflage. I’m also good at hopping up the arms of the naturalists while they are teaching! 

Domestic Rabbit: Olaf
I was grateful for a new home. 

Sulcata Tortoise:  Bella

Tortoises like me live for a very long time, more than a 100 years!  I am not always at the Camp, but when I am, I am a crowd pleaser.!  I am gentle and friendly. The educatorss use me to teach about reptiles, food chains, adaptations, and more!

Coming to Camp Discovery in Fall 2015!

Family programs at Camp Discovery are special opportunities for parents, grandparents and children to learn more about stewardship and experience the natural world together! Pre-registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted and closes at noon the day prior. Register by email or contact us by phone at (803) 754-2008.

 

Upcoming 2014 Programs

Sept. 26th, 2014 - GNAT Program (ages 3-6)  Under Our Feet

Oct. 11th, 2014 - SCWF Junior Naturalist (ages 8-12) Birding for Kids

Oct. 24th, 2014 - GNAT Program (ages 3-6)  Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

Nov. 8th, 2014 - SCWF Junior Naturalist (ages 8-12) Fall Tree Trek

Nov. 21st, 2014 - GNAT Program (ages 3-6)  Long Winter's Nap

Dec. 12th, 2014 - GNAT Program (ages 3-6)  A Christmas Celebration

Nature-based education and environmental stewardship are vital to the health and wellbeing of our communities and our world.  Through outdoor recreational activities and experiential learning, Camp Discovery offers schools, youth groups, scouts, corporate groups and other groups engaging activities in incredible natural spaces to learn, heal and grow.  

Group Programs 

Discovery Days - programs cover Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science,  and uses the natural environment as a hands-on portal to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Programs are inquiry based and developed to address the South Carolina Education Standards for Science.

Learners to Leaders - sessions are held monthly or quarterly and combine classroom instruction and real-world learning by transforming the local environment into an "outdoor learning lab.” Programs are customized to incorporate school curriculum into an authentic community-based service project addressing a   key issue in students’ own “backyard”. Students acquire a deeper understanding of the environment, practice civic engagement, and cultivate the skills to become future leaders in addressing community issues.

Tools for Life - goal-oriented activities challenge both youth and adults to think and act differently – all while having some laughs and fun. By combining recreation with structured experiential activities in a supportive setting, focus is placed on enhancing specific skills such as trust, team work, positive self-concept, communication and mindfulness.

At Camp Discovery, we believe that children can benefit from hands-on experiences with nature and animals.  Camp Discovery is home to a variety of wildlife, including some resident animals that have important supportive roles in our education programs.

Stuart Andrews is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. He practices in Columbia where he was the founder of and currently leads the Firm's South Carolina Healthcare Group. Stuart was the designer and first coordinator of the Firm's nationally recognized Pro Bono Program. He also has been the leader of the Nelson Mullins Corporate, Tax and Securities Group.

Lynn Blaylock is the Assistant Vice President/Store Manager for TD Bank N.A and has over 30 years of banking experience in the Columbia area.  Her community involvement includes working with at-risk youth to provide personal financial literacy as well as adults through Richland School District Two’s W R Rogers Adult, Continuing and Technology Education Center. She attended Georgia Southern College and Columbia Junior College working towards an Associate's Degree in Retail Management. Lynne lives in the Northeast Columbia area and is married to Dennis Blaylock with one son (Cameron).

Kyle Evans serves as Director of Operations & Strategic Initiatives for South Coast Commercial, a real estate investment and asset management firm in Atlanta, GA, where he is responsible for the development and implementation of the firm’s corporate infrastructure and operating platforms. Prior to South Coast, he served as Business Development Manager with C.F. Evans Construction, a southeastern multi-family construction firm, and as Senior Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, a global management consulting firm. Outside of work he is an avid runner, a musician, and a community volunteer. Kyle has been involved with Camp Discovery since 2011 and believes deeply in the organization’s mission to engage children and develop their self-awareness through meaningful interactions in the natural world. He earned undergraduate and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Virginia.

Michelle Klett is the Legal Recruiting and Development Coordinator at Nelson Mullins law firm, where she has worked for over 20 years.  When she is not busy scouting legal talent, Michelle tries to keep up with her four children.  She is a graduate of the Darla Moore School of Business at USC, and enjoys international travel and life on Lake Murray. Michelle is committed to supporting and developing the programs offered by Camp Discovery in her home town of Blythewood, and delighted to serve on its Board of Trustees.

Cindy Nord is a dedicated philanthropist whose passions include children, family and animals.  She is the founder of The Nurturing Center, a family-focused treatment center for child abuse and neglect since 1988 and she serves on the board of many organizations.  Cindy earned her Ph.D. in Applied Child Psychology from Union Institute and University and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Oberlin College. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Columbia College.  Cindy has published two books. “The Nickel Run”, which features her artwork that details her life growing up in a sexually abusive home from her perspective as a ten year old girl.  Her most recent, “Scare and Dare on My Hopscotch Square”, is a collection of her poetry that she has worked on since 1972.  By sharing her passions and beliefs through her books, Cindy hopes that anyone endeavoring to learn more about childhood abuse and its effect on families can use these books as a resource and inspiration. The mission of Camp Discovery fits with Cindy’s passion for the well-being of children and families, to which she has dedicated her life’s work. Cindy believes in the healing and restorative powers of nature and it is her desire to provide a place to encourage future generations, especially those in challenging circumstances, to explore themselves by exploring the outdoors.

Ephraim Ulmer is a managing partner at Godsey & Gibb Associates in Columbia. He has worked in the securities and investment management business since 1973.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Citadel, and graduated from the Law School at the University of South Carolina and the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame, is a Past President and for the last six years has served as the Executive Director. Ephraim has been a Director of Palmetto Boys State since 1969 and is Chairman of the Board of the Friends of Palmetto Boys State Foundation. He is a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Columbia and has served two terms as President of the congregational Council. Ephraim’s outside interests include alpine mountaineering, distance running, sea kayaking, backpacking and mountain biking

Jessie Williams is the Assistant Principal at Bethel-Hanberry Elementary in Blythewood.  His career began in Richland District One at A.C. Flora High School as an Instructional Assistant. He taught Middle School Social Studies at Alcorn Middle School.  In 1999, he joined Richland Two as a teacher at Joseph Keels Elementary teaching 3rd and 5th Grade before moving into administration as the Assistant Principal at Blythewood Academy.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and Master of Education degree in Educational Administration all from the University of South Carolina.  His future plans are to enroll in the Doctor of Education program.  Jessie married his high school sweetheart and they have one son. He is an ordained minister and member at Victorious Believers Ministries COGIC. Jessie finds Camp Discovery’s work and wide variety of services to be an exceptional resource for teachers and students. “It is my hope that the camp can expand our offerings, because it truly is a hidden gem that needs to be brought forth into the limelight to reach more and more students.”

To get involved with our Board of Directors, please contact us at (803) 238-9470.

Joanna Weitzel, Executive Director

Joanna serves as the organization's director and her passions include children, nature, and animals. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Darla Moore School of Business at USC and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Clemson University. Prior to joining Camp Discovery in 2012, Joanna was Executive Director of Carolina Wildlife Center. She has served on a statewide coalition to advance environmental education, established the state’s first conference on wildlife rehabilitation, and was a guest presenter on songbird rehabilitation at the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior. Her contributions to the preservation of SC’s natural resources were recognized by the South Carolina Wildlife Federation with the Conservation Ethics Award. Outside of work she enjoys birding, photography and travel. Joanna grew up in Columbia and currently resides in Blythewood with her husband Steve, their children Erin and Davis, and their 3 dogs, 2 cats and tortoise.

Jay Robinson, Director of Experiential Learning

Jay facilitates the development, implementation, and expansion of high-quality experiential programs for Camp Discovery. Before joining the Camp in the spring of 2015, Jay worked at EdVenture Children’s Museum as its Museum Experiences Manager insuring strong educational experiences at the museum to include public programs, family programs and special events. Before joining EdVenture, he spent 10 years as a Park Ranger, first at Saluda Shoals Park and then with the City of Columbia’s Three Rivers Gateway. Robinson holds a Natural Resources Management Associate Degree in Applied Science from Central Carolina Technical College. He lives in Lexington, SC with his wife Beth and daughter Anna. His favorite pastimes include paddling, fly fishing, gardening, reading or collecting anything Star Wars.

 

Anne Palyok, Program Support Specialist

With twenty years’ experience in client services at Time Warner Cable and having served as a former wildlife rehabilitation director, Anne fills a perfect niche for Camp Discovery, overseeing animal care and the volunteer program. A proud mom and grand mom, Anne is a certified Master Naturalist and spends much of her time as a wildlife rehabilitator and foster volunteer for Pawmetto Lifeline. She lives in Rosewood with her husband Ron, their 3 dogs, cat, & parrots.

“Beauty in humble things has a healthful effect on the soul.”  ~ Donna Johnson, Founder

What started as a dream about bringing together people of diverse ages and backgrounds in a special place of “discovery” became a reality in 1985 when recreation therapist, Donna Johnson, founded what is now known today as Camp Discovery. Camp Discovery orginated as a recreation therapy program providing services for children and youth in most need. Since then, the populations that the Camp serves has continued to expand alongside the Camp's offerings to include experiential and service learning programs.

As we look ahead, Camp Discovery remains dedicated to serving the needs and interests of people of all ages and backgrounds through innovative nature-based programming and engaging activities delivered in a safe, supportive learning enviroment.

Happy New Year! Start your New Year's resolution off in nature by bringing the family outdoors for a “New Year's Hike” on January 1st, 2016 at 10:00 am.

Enjoy a leisurely hike led by members of the Midlands Master Naturalists through the meadows and forests of Camp Discovery.  The hike is approximately 2 miles and should finish by noon

Kids will have the opportunity to make their own bag of trail mix to bring along on the hike, and afterwards, we'll all warm up with hot cocoa!

Dress warmly and bring water!!  Hike participants should wear layered clothing and comfortable, closed-toed, weather-proof shoes. Children of all ages are welcomed, but must be accompanied by an adult.  Sorry, but NO dogs allowed.  In the event of rain, the hike may be cancelled, so please check Camp Discovery's Facebook page for updates that morning.

Advance registration is required.  A donation is suggested that morning (cash or checks payable to SCWF are greatly appreciated).  Please email Sara Green, SCWF Director of Education, or call (803) 609-4778 to register.

Camp Discovery is proud to partner with SCWF and the Midlands Master Naturalist to host this event.

Camp Discovery is excited to be hosting the SCWF Junior Naturalist Program to teach children about nature and the importance of conservation!  Through fun, hands-on learning, children begin to appreciate nature, understand basic ecological concepts, become aware of their impact on the environment, and take action in their community.  Kids can start with any event, and after attending four, they will become a "Certified Junior Naturalist."


Junior Naturalist events are taught by members of the Midlands Master Naturalist Association. Topics and activities vary depending on the season. Instruction is geared for ages 8-12.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Wear closed-toed, closed-heeled shoes, apply insect repellant, and bring water along.


Scheduled Events

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Birding for Kids
10:00 am until noon
Come investigate birds up-close and learn to identify common birds by sight and by sound.  Kids will also get to make some suet to take home for their own backyard birds (project includes peanut butter).

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - Fall Tree Trek
10:00 am until noon
Learn to identify common trees and investigating how animals use them.  Bring a digital camera, and help us create a Tree ID guide for the Camp.  If you don't have one, we will share!

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - Creek Critters
10:00 am until noon
Delve into the creek that runs through Camp Discovery and investigate the critters that live there. Kids will get wet & dirty!

Each event is $10.00 per child, $20.00 family maximum (more than 2 children from same family are free).  Fees will be due at the time of the hike (cash or check made out to SCWF).


SPACE IS LIMITED - PLEASE PRE-REGISTER by emailing to Sara Green at SCWF with:

  • Your name, mailing address, and cell number
  • Children's names and ages
  • Date(s) of event you wish to register  

QUESTIONS?  Please contact Sara Green at SCWF by email, or by phone at (803) 609-4778.

Parents and preschoolers are invited to Give Nature a Try (GNAT) and embark on amazing discoveries in the fields and forests of Camp Discovery! GNAT programs offer a mix of hands-on activities for children ages 3-6, including nature walks, songs, stories, animal experiences, and crafts covering a variety of themes.  Activities are designed to bring incredible new discoveries, cultivate wonder and curiosity, and build a loving connection to nature and all it has to offer.

Offered the first Thursday of the month, GNAT programs bring children and adults outdoors to learn together in a safe and supportive setting. Our goal is to expand a child's awareness of the natural world and to have some of that wonder rub off on parents too! Space is limited. REGISTER HERE!

 

Program Topics (Fall 2015)

September 3rd, 2015 - Squirrely Squirrels
Summer is coming to an end and the squirrels are gathering acorns for the coming winter. Come discover the ever changing forests and learn how squirrels prepare for the changingn seasons with a hands-on lesson, a craft and an explorative walk.

Oct 1st, 2015 - Fall Colors
Autumn is beginning to show itself with the cooling temperatures and the changing of the leaves. Together we will look for signs of fall and discover why the leaves change their color. We will embark on a scavenger hunt through our upland forest habitat and make a fall craft from natural objects we collect along the way!

November 5th, 2015 - Sun, Moon and Shadows
The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. In this field study, we learn about nocturnal creatures through the book Stella Luna by Janell Cannon. We will enjoy a morning prowl through the forest and learn about owls, bats and other night creatures that make the forest their home. 

Program Topics (Winter 2016)

Dec 3rd, 2015 - The Giving Tree
Today, we will read one of Shel Silverstein’s classic books, The Giving Tree and decide what it means to us. Let's celebrate this season of giving by planting a tree together and make a craft to remind us of the many things that trees give to all of us.

January 7th, 2016 -  Winter Wonderland
Winter is here, but that does not mean that all is quiet in the forest.. Meet us at Camp to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while we read the story, A Busy Year by Leo Lionni. Children will learn a valuable lesson about trees and may even walk away with a newfound appreciation for them. Every child will make a winter tree craft inspired by the story.

February 4th, 2016 - Oh Deer!
Winter is hanging on, but the deer are still here. Together we will learn about the White Tailed Deer,  its habitats and the special adaptations it has for surviving the chilly winter months. Join us as we walk through the forest through the eyes of a deer.

Program Topics (Spring 2016)

March 3rd, 2016 - Move it, Move it!
Our theme is locomotion, in other words, how animals move! We will visit different animals and discover their secrets to getting around in their environment and then journey down to the creeks’ edge to look for signs of animals on the move. We will even make our very own casts of animal tracks!

April 7th, 2016 - What’s the Buzz?
Camp Discovery is buzzing with the sound of honeybees! Join us for an April wildflower walk and let's see what the bees are collecting. We will read the book The Bee Man, by Laurie Krebs. Children will explore the life cycle of a bee and maybe even visit the beehives!

May 5th, 2016 - Happening Habitats
What’s happening in the different habitats of Camp Discovery? From Forests to Fields, let's learn what makes them special and who calls them home. We will visit some of the Camp’s happening habitats, have an up close animal encounter, and make a habitat craft to take home!

General Information
Cost is $10 per child. $5 for siblings ages 3 and older. Children under 3, parent, grandparent or guardian are no charge. To pay by credit card register online, or register by phone at 803-754-2008. Enter the code SIBLING when registering second child to receive discount. Cash or checks only may be accepted at the time of the program.

  • Programs typically run 1.5 hours from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.
  • Dress for the weather. Inside program areas are used for only a portion of the program and in inclement weather.
  • Limited financial assistance is available. For more information, contact us at 803-754-2008 or email info@campdiscoverysc.org.

Cancellation Policy
Please notify us of any cancellations at least 48 hours prior to the registered session. Any cancellations or non-attendance after this point will result in the charge of the FULL class fee. If Camp Discovery reschedules or cancels a class for any reason, you will be given the option of attending a different session or provided a refund.

Sibling Policy
GNAT programs are adult-child programs for 3-6 year olds. Older or younger siblings are welcome to attend with you and your child, but they must be registered as a participant.  Parents and caregivers must be prepared to remove a sibling from the program in order to preserve the experience for you and others.

Come join us and let Camp Discovery add an environmental educational component to your home school curriculum!  Camp Discovery’s Home School programs take place the first Tuesday of every month from 10:00 to 11:45 am in the fall, spring and winter months.  Activities are designed to be student centered and age appropriate for children ages 6-12 years. 

Our homeschool programs encourage children to connect and interact with the environment and each other through investigation, science-based learning, group activities, games and live animal encounters when possible.  Most programs include indoor activities as well as outdoor exploration.  Each program focuses on a different theme, so you can visit again and again!

General Information
• Pre-registration and advance payment is required.  Register by mail, email or call 803-754-2008 to register by phone as there are a limited number of spots available.  Registration closes at noon the day before.
• Cost is $9 per child which includes materials.  $6 for each additional sibling of age.  Parent or legal guardian is FREE.
• Programs typically run from 10:00 to 11:45am with a maximun number of 20 students per session. 
• All programs are held rain or shine!  Children should be dressed to be outside regardless of the season.  Our buildings can be used for a portion of the program and in inclement weather.
• If you are registered and will not be attending, please call us to inform us of your child’s absence. For questions or to register by phone, please call 803-754-2008.

Cancellation Policy
Please notify us of any cancellations at least 7 days prior to the registered session.  If you inform us at least one week before, we will issue you a voucher good towards another class or register you for an alternate session.  Any non-attendance or cancellations after this point will result in the charge of the FULL class fee.  Camp Discovery does not give refunds, only vouchers good towards future programming.  If Camp Discovery cancels a class for any reason, you will be given the option of attending a different session or provided a full refund.

Sibling Policy
Younger siblings are welcome, but parents and caregivers must be prepared to remove a sibling from the program in order to preserve the experience for you and for others. If an older sibling is attending along with you that is old enough to participate, they must be registered as a participant.

 

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Earth Keepers Camp is all about fun, hands-on learning that gives children ages 6-12 an opportunity to simply "be a kid" while using science in exciting ways to further their knowledge and understanding of the marvels of nature.  Kids might get a little wet, they may get a little dirty, but that happens when kids are truly active and experiencing nature firsthand!

The woods are filled with possibility and promise. At Camp Discovery, we strive to share this with children by providing an exciting, hands-on summer experience unlike any other. Every day is different, every day is filled with creativity and passion, and every day deepens our connection to nature.

Activities inspire young adventurers at age-appropriate levels as they learn and play amidst our 104 acres of creeks, fields, and forest. Budding scientists uncover the mysteries of the natural world while adventure-seekers learn new skills and experience the exhilaration of the great outdoors! Campers will develop greater awareness and appreciation for their natural surroundings and their place in it. And that appreciation stays with them. They fall in love with the earth, which leads to a lasting commitment to respect and preserve the natural world.

  2015 Earth Keepers Sessions & Themes

  Session 1: 6/15/15 – 6/19/15  Eco-Explorers

  Session 2: 6/22/15 – 6/26/15  Wild Science

  Session 3: 7/6/15 – 7/10/15  Art of Nature

  Session 4: 7/13/15 – 7/17/15 Eco-Explorers

  * Camp times are 9:00 am - 4:00 pm daily.   

 

Session 1: 6/15/15 – 6/19/15  Eco-Explorers - Explore habitats and ecosystems from top to bottom and meet the animals that make them home! REGISTRATION CLOSED

Session 2: 6/22/15 – 6/26/15  Wild Science - Discover the fun side of science through experiments and investigation in nature! REGISTRATION CLOSED.

Session 3: 7/6/15 – 7/10/15  Art of Nature - Create beautiful works of art in nature and from nature!

Session 4: 7/13/15 – 7/17/15 Eco-Explorers - Explore habitats and ecosystems from top to bottom and meet the animals that make them home!

A team of caring and enthusiastic environmental educators who respect and nurture each child’s abilities to inspire learning will guide children in structured groups of no more than ten. Camp curriculum and activities are designed to foster a life-long love of the great outdoors, provide meaningful life skills, and help Earth Keepers gain greater respect for others and the world around them.

At Earth Keepers Camp, each day is different and builds upon the passions and interests of our campers. Activities might include:

  • investigating streams for water bugs, salamanders and aquatic life
  • using binoculars and field guides to spy birds and other wildlife
  • creating musical instruments or other crafts from natural objects
  • feeding and interacting with the Camp’s animals
  • searching for frogs, snakes and grasshoppers in the meadows
  • flipping over logs and digging for insects and other finds
  • playing adventure games in the fields
  • navigating the forests trails with a compass and map
  • foraging for wild foods and other native plants
  • cooling off with sprinkler games and other summertime waterplay activities
  • exploring, wandering and making new discoveries
  • … wishing the day wasn’t over

Camp Fees & Hours

Your child may join us for one week or for all! Each week brings new learning and new adventures. Enrollment each week is limited to 20 campers. Registration fees include all activities, daily snacks and a camp shirt. Campers must bring water bottle and lunch each day.

• $185 per camper.  
• Camp hours are 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Extended stay is available.                                       

Multiple-Week Campers
Campers who sign up for two or more weeks will receive a discount of $10 off each additional week.

Sibling Discounts
Families that register two or more siblings (i.e. brother, sister) will receive a discount of $10 for each additional child registered.. Enter the code FAMILY on sibling's registration at check out. (Multiple-week and sibling discounts cannot be combined.)

Extended Stay
Morning extended care is available from 8:00 –9:00 a.m. for an additional $25 per week. Afternoon extended care is available from 4:00 - 5:00 pm for an additional $25 per week.

Cancellations
Cancellations must be submitted in writing no later than two weeks prior to camp date to receive a refund minus a $50 nonrefundable deposit. No refunds will be given for cancellations within 2 weeks of the camp date.

Financial Aid
Camp Discovery is committed to being accessible to all. Financial aid is available. Please complete registration form and include assistance request in notes section. You will be contacted upon receipt
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To arrange a Discovery Days visit, please email us at  programs@campdiscoverysc.org or call 803-754-2008.

  • $15 per student (half day), $20 per student (full day) with a  minimum fee of $150 per group.
  • Discovery Days group size is limited to 45 students to maximize the learning experience.
  • Programs can be customized to coincide with classroom learning.  

Additional Program Related Fees:  Programs scheduled during weekends or after hours (5:00 pm) will incur an additional $25 charge.  Groups that reschedule or cancel any program less than 2 weeks prior to the scheduled program date will be charged an additional $25.00 fee. Groups that do not show for their scheduled date will be charged the full cost of the program.  

Prior to Arrival                                                                                               

After a request is received, the leader will be contacted to confirm program details.  Permission slips must be received at Camp Discovery for every particpant 2 weeks prior to scheduled date. Nametags and teams are prepared ahead of time based upon this roll.  Full payment is expected by program date, unless a purchase order is received.  

An exact count of the number of children and adults in your group must be provided upon arrival. Camp Discovery staff works closely with all individuals and groups to insure a shared and successful program. Our programs are a collaborative effort, and while Camp Discovery will lead your program, teachers are expected to participate during their group’s visit.  If unforeseen circumstances arise, please call 803-754-8500.  

Note: With the exception of service dogs for guests with disabilities, pets are not allowed on Camp Discovery grounds.

Lunch

Camp Discovery does not have vending machines or water fountains.  Participants should bring drinks, including waters, snacks and/or bag lunches. Children will be outside for much of their program. If children bring water bottes, Camp Discovery can provide water coolers for the grou's use.Grassy areas, quilts and benches are available for picnics. Inside space is also available in case of inclement weather. 

Financial and Special Assistance 

Program grants are available to Title I schools, urban schools or schools or groups from under-served areas to offset field trip costs. Funds can underwrite a percentage of the program fees associated with a Camp Discovery visit. Scholarships are available throughout the entire school year, but educators are encouraged to book programs early as funds are limited.  

For further details on scholarships, or if you need special services or accommodations to participate in our programs, email programs@campdiscoverysc.org or call 803-754-2008.

 


 

Bring your students out from behind their desks and into a new world of discovery!  Camp Discovery provides 104 acres of diverse forests, open pastures, winding trails, scenic creeks and wetlands -- the ideal outdoor classroom to awaken a child's senses and engage with the world around them!  

Discovery Days programs offer a traditional way of experiencing nature, something vanishing from the lives of children today. Incorporating a variety of safe, interesting, multi-faceted activities, programs connect children to the wonders of the natural world through active, cooperative learning.  Camp Discovery provides a positive environment in which students are motivated and learn content in creative ways. From field exploration to hands-on investigation, Discovery Days have something for every group and every learning style.  

Discovery Days programs are inquiry based and developed to address the South Carolina Education Standards for Science for grades K-8. Programs cover Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, historical knowledge of Blythewood and the specific camp site. 

Program Components:
• A classroom lesson to establish the principle, introduce vocabulary and share bio-facts.
• An interactive S.T.E.M. based component including hands-on activities specific to the lesson.
• An animal encounter
• An interpretive trail hike to specific habitats and/or historic sites within the camp.

Program Goals:
• To encourage the next generation of learners to be good stewards of our precious natural resources through hands-on, immersive learning in the fields of Life Science, Physical Science and Earth Science.
• To encourage self-awareness, introduce mindfulness practices and be a positive example of living with nature.
• To become an outdoor laboratory and field study destination for students and teachers.
• To establish connections with local and regional schools and provide opportunities for collaborative projects

Reserving a Discovery Days Experience

Choose from a variety of Discovery Days Topics to best complement classroom learning, or let our educators help you arrange a visit that best meets the needs of your group! All programs can be tailored to fit students' needs. Learn about Registration and Fees.

 
 

Camp Discovery has an immediate and on-going need for support, and Program Partners are a remarkable group of our most devoted supporters.  Individuals, businesses, churches, or other groups donate monthly to send a child, or even a group of children, to Camp Discovery!  Program Partner gifts are placed into a scholarship fund that offers individual or group assistance to those impacted by financial circumstances beyond their control.  For as little as $15/month you can provide one deserving child an experience they won’t soon forget!

When you, your business, Sunday school class, or other group becomes a Program Partner, you provide dependable support that is vital to assisting the children in most need.  Your faithful giving expands the capacity to which we can serve children within our communities, children that otherwise may not have the financial resources to participate at Camp Discovery.   

Becoming a Program Partner

  1. You determine the amount of your monthly donation.  A monthly gift as little as $15.00 makes a difference in the life of a child!  
  2. Your credit card is charged around the same time each month and you receive an email confirmation at that time.  
  3. Or, if you choose to send in a monthly check, we will forward you an email reminder at the beginning of every month.  Just email us your monthly gift amount from the email address you will use to get started!
  4. In January, you are sent an annual giving statement for tax purposes.  You can change or stop your gifts at any time.

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Partnership Levels

Camp Discovery invests in the health and well-being of our children, community and planet, every day! Your donations help to ensure that young people of all ages and backgrounds have access to positive and meaningful experiences to learn, heal and grow through nature. Make a donation today and be our partner in providing the resources to build a brighter, healthier community for tomorrow! 

Nature education and environmental stewardship are vital to the health and wellbeing of our communities and our world.  Through outdoor activities and experiential learning, Camp Discovery offers Scouting troops a variety of habitats to explore.  Camp Discovery’s programs can fulfill many of the necessary requirements to earn merit badges in a variety of areas.  Programs can be scheduled for individual scout troops on weekday, occasional weekends, or be combined with an overnight camping trip for an extended learning experience.

Depending upon the goals of the group, programs can have an environmental focus with hands-on activities designed to develop a deeper appreciation for nature, or a recreational focus, placing more emphasis on enhancing life skills such as leadership or sensitivity to the needs of others.  Click here for an overview of programs available.

Eagle Scout Service Projects
Are you an Eagle Scout seeking a meaningful and fulfilling project in which to complete your service requirements?  Eagle Scout Service Projects make a big difference at Camp Discovery!  Camp Discovery maintains a menu of a variety of projects that Scouts can organize to help the Camp and fulfill their Eagle project requirements.

Eagle Scout Project Examples:
• Building and installing nesting boxes (owl, blue bird, etc)
• Creating a bridge, walkway, or arbor
• Constructing picnic tables or benches
• Collecting items for the Camp through a supply drive

Eagle Scout Service Projects must be approved in advance by Camp Discovery.  Once approved, the Scout can print and complete the Eagle Scout Service Packet and get started at a mutually agreed upon time.

If you are interested in learning more about the Camp’s needs and projects available, please email your contact information (including cell phone) and when you wish to complete your project.  A staff member will contact you about planning, organizing and approving your project.  For other questions, please call (803) 754-2008.

 

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Camp Discovery provides rich educational resources in a safe, nurturing environment for children to learn, grow and play.  All of our programs at Camp Discovery include recreation and experiential learning, awareness activities, outdoor adventure, and animal encounters when appropriate.  Our programs are based on the concept that experiences in nature are not only essential for a person’s cognitive, physical and emotional well-being, but they also help strengthen connections to self, to others and to the Earth.  Click on the heading below to learn more about each program.

Earth Keepers Summer Camp
Earth Keepers camp is an engaging 5-day learning experience that exposes youth ages 6-11 to a wide range of nature-based topics.  Children can discover the simple joys of nature and grow closer to the natural world through outdoor play, new discoveries and hands-on learning.   Our summer camp is as much about fostering communication skills and interconnectedness for the highly-digitized kids of the next generation as it is a place to learn, play and experience new things.  Earth Keepers enjoy plenty of time in the sunshine and a take part in facilitated reflection sessions to cap off the day.  

Spring Break Adventure
Do your children have the week off for Spring Break?  Get them away from the computer and out to Camp Discovery for outdoor fun and exploration!  Children learn all about the world around them and their connection to it through hands-on activities, animal presentations, hikes, and crafts. Each day focuses on a different theme in nature.

Sessions run every day from 9 am to 2 pm during the week schools are off from March 30th - April 3rd.  Programs are available for 1st through 5th grades.   Register for the full week or by the day.  Costs are $35 per day, or $150 per week.

Financial Aid
Camp Discovery never wishes to turn a child away due to an inability to pay.  Thanks to the generosity of private funders, Camp Discovery offers scholarship assistance to participants through a limited amount of need-based financial assistance.  Please include a short note in the comments section of the program registration form describing your needs and indicating the amount you are able to pay for the program, or call Joanna at (803) 238-9470.

If you would like to send a child in need to Camp Discovery, please consider a gift to our Scholarship Fund for Youth and help provide a child a meaningful experience that they won’t soon forget!  Contributions to the fund allow children, despite their financial circumstances, to experience the benefits that nature provides.  Gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated!

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"The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes." ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

In keeping with the Camp’s goal to enrich the lives of people of all ages, Camp Discovery offers intergenerational programs for groups seeking mutual enrichment.

Through carefully designed recreational activities for both seniors and youth, participants can learn from each other. Programs allow for seniors to share life experiences with the young, while the youth further enrich the lives of the elderly.

If your group has an interest in scheduling a multigenerational program, please email or contact us by phone at 803-754-2008.

 

 

 

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Family programs at Camp Discovery are special opportunities for parents, grandparents and children to learn more about stewardship and experience the natural world together! Pre-registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted and closes at noon the day prior. Register by email or contact us by phone at (803) 754-2008.

 

Upcoming 2014 Programs

Sept. 26th, 2014 - GNAT Program (ages 3-6)  Under Our Feet

Oct. 11th, 2014 - SCWF Junior Naturalist (ages 8-12) Birding for Kids

Oct. 24th, 2014 - GNAT Program (ages 3-6)  Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

Nov. 8th, 2014 - SCWF Junior Naturalist (ages 8-12) Fall Tree Trek

Nov. 21st, 2014 - GNAT Program (ages 3-6)  Long Winter's Nap

Dec. 12th, 2014 - GNAT Program (ages 3-6)  A Christmas Celebration

 

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What could be more thrilling than a place where each child’s innate connection to nature is celebrated? Through hands-on activities, exploration, movement, and animal encounters, Camp Discovery's programs support each child’s natural curiosity and wonder.  Our outdoor classroom is 104 acres of fields, forests, and wetlands, a perfect place to experience nature in action!  We are thrilled to offer among the best nature-based programs available that are specifically designed to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of students using recreational activities and experiential learning.

The outdoors is the perfect place to enhance the classroom curriculum, stimulate students' sense of discovery, and make lasting impressions that are often the highlight of the school year.  Students are challenged to further their communication, problem solving, creativity, and collaborative skills among other abilities vital to success in the classroom and in adulthood.  

Students and teachers love learning here at Camp Discovery!  There is something here for every group and every learning style, and our staff works closely with teachers and administrators to create incredible educational experiences for students.  We are happy to customize every experience to best fit the individual needs of the group.  Please call us at 803-754-2008 or email us to discuss program activities or special requests for your visit.  

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Camp Discovery's Tools for Life recreation programs provide unique opportunities for children, youth and adults to improve life skills, develop social connections, and boost confidence and independence.

Camp Discovery offers a safe and accepting emotional environment where barriers and labels are removed, opening the door to discovery. Using goal-oriented recreational activities, participants unearth their own personal strengths and come to value them, while also learning to recognize the strengths of others. 

Tools for Life challenges both youth and adults to think and act differently – all while having some laughs and fun. By combining recreation with structured  experiential activities in a supportive setting, focus is placed on enhancing skills such as trust, team work, positive self-concept, communication and mindfulness. Activities incorporate games, activities and other initiatives with varying energy levels and emphasis is on group success rather than individual success.

To Learn more about Tools for Life programs, please email  Jay Robinson or call us at 803-754-2008.


 

 

 

 

 


 

Copy paper

Binoculars

Magnifying Glasses (plastic)

Sharpees (Assorted Colors)

Dry Erase Markers

Toilet Paper

Paper Towels

Facial Tissues

Lysol Spray

Hand Sanitizer

Bird Seed 

Hummingbird Feeders

Bluebird Houses

Purple Martin House/Gourds & Pole

 

 

Crafts

Crayola Markers

Crayola Crayons

Michael's or Wal-Mart Gift Cards

“Tacky” Glue

Paper Cutter

 

Miscellaneous Equipment

Microscope (new or used)

Lowes or Home Depot Gift Cards

 

Cash donations are always welcome!

Collecting and Using Personal Information

Welcome to Camp Discovery’s website. We appreciate your interest in us. At this time Camp Discovery does not collect any personal or web stats on our web site users. Under this Privacy Policy we describe the type(s) of information we may collect in the future and how we may use it to provide better services to our visitors. When you visit and navigate our site and when you communicate with us via our sites, we will not collect personal information about you unless you provide us that information voluntarily. Any non-public personal information that you may provide via our site will be used solely for the purpose stated on the page where it is collected.

(In some cases, and in all cases where required by law or regulation, you will be able to update the information that you provide to us either by sending us an e-mail or, where you have established personal profiles with us, by updating your profile online. Please refer to the specific pages where data is collected for more information.) Camp Discovery will not sell, license, transmit or disclose this information outside of Camp Discovery and its affiliated organizations unless (a) expressly authorized by you, (b) necessary to enable Camp Discovery contractors or agents to perform certain functions for us, or (c) required or permitted by law. In all cases, we will disclose the information consistent with applicable laws and regulations and we will require the recipient to protect the information and use it only for the purpose it was provided.

By “personal information,” we mean data that is unique to an individual, such as a name, address, e-mail address, or telephone number. Camp Discovery will not collect Social Security Numbers, or credit card information. From time to time, we may request personal information from you at our sites in order to deliver requested materials to you, respond to your questions, or deliver a product or service.

Your E-Mail

The Camp Discovery web site is a non-secure web site. We welcome your comments or questions about our websites and have provided contact boxes for that purpose. We will share your comments and questions with our staff, service representatives, board of directors, and those employees most capable of addressing your questions and concerns.

Please note that your e-mail, like most, if not all, non-encrypted Internet e-mail communications, may be accessed and viewed by other Internet users, without your knowledge and permission, while in transit to us. For that reason, to protect your privacy, please do not use e-mail to communicate information to us that you consider confidential. If you wish, you may contact us instead via non-cellular telephone at the numbers provided at various locations on our site.

Other Information; “Cookies”

You should also be aware that when you visit our websites, we may collect certain information that does not identify you personally, but provides us with “usage data,” such as the number of visitors we receive or what pages are visited most often. This data helps us to analyze and improve the usefulness of the information we provide at these websites. This data is commonly referred to as “web stats.”

Like most commercial website owners, we may also use what is known as “cookie” technology. A “cookie” is an element of data that a website can send to your browser when you link to that website. It is not a computer program and has no ability to read data residing on your computer or instruct it to perform any step or function. By assigning a unique data element to each visitor, the website is able to recognize repeat users, track usage patterns and better serve you when you return to that site. The cookie does not extract other personal information about you, such as your name or address.

Linking to Other Sites

From time to time, Camp Discovery web site may provide links to other web sites, not owned or controlled by Camp Discovery, that we think might be useful or of interest to you. We cannot, however, be responsible for the privacy practices used by other website owners or the content or accuracy of those other websites. Links to various non-Camp Discovery web sites do not constitute or imply endorsement by Camp Discovery of these web sites, any products or services described on these sites, or of any other material contained in them.

Changes to This Statement

Camp Discovery at His Acres, Inc. may change this Statement from time to time; when updates are made, the Privacy Policy version date (located at the top of this Policy) will also be updated to reflect that a revision occurred. We encourage you to periodically reread this Policy to see if there have been any changes that may affect you. This Statement is not intended to and does not create any contractual or other legal rights in or on behalf of any party.

Location Map (PDF)

Camp Discovery
208 Claude Bundrick Road
Blythewood, SC 29016

(803) 754-2008

Email: info@campdiscoverysc.org

Donations or Supply Drives
Camp Discovery relies on the generous support of individuals and community groups to contribute items for children and youth programs at the Camp.  If you or your community group is interested in collecting items to donate, please see the Camp Discovery Wish List.  
Camp Discovery must respect the children we serve.  We ask that you please call ahead at 803-754-2008 and make arrangements before bringing donations.  Thank you!

Volunteer or Community Service Opportunities
Our volunteers play a vital role in the Camp’s success, contributing their time, skills and energy every day.  Opportunities to work with children, animals, plants, while connecting with nature abound!  Join in, meet new people, learn new things and help Camp Discovery keep growing.  At Camp Discovery, our programs are a true reflection of the many people that pitch in to make this life-changing work possible.  No prior experience is necessary, and anyone 16 years or older with a love for children, nature or just wishing to make a difference in our community is encouraged to submit an online application in one of the following areas:

Program Activities – If you like working with children, have an outgoing positive attitude, and enjoy learning and being outdoors, this is for you!  Program volunteers assist with school and summer programs or in preparing program activities.  Volunteers may guide a hike, oversee an activity, assist with activity set up, or be an extra set of eyes, ears and hands to ensure that programs run smoothly.  * Volunteers working with children will require an $8 background check.

Land Steward:  104 acres is a lot to maintain!  Our land stewards assist with work days or projects and work individually or as part of a group (schools, scouts, companies).  We have to keep trails and streams clean and safe, our green spaces mowed, and so much more!  This is the perfect area for those that want to use their hands and see the results of their efforts firsthand!  Children ages 12 and older can volunteer as part of a larger group.

Camp Steward:  Camp Discovery has a very small staff and most of our time is spent on programming.  Keeping our inside spaces clean and welcoming is important to what we do here each and every day!  You will help us in keeping Camp Discovery beautiful for all who visit by assisting with light cleaning in the main areas, including sweeping, mopping, wiping tables or washing.

Painting:  Do you have patience or a steady hand?  Painting projects may include inside and outside tasks from touching up trim to staining picnic tables or benches.  Artistic talent?  We have special projects that include painting murals, pots for plants or outdoor displays.

Gardening:  Are you a green thumb gardener?  Gardening volunteers perform many tasks that beautify the grounds of Camp Discovery.  In the spring, tasks include planting trees, shrubs and bedding plants, or preparing garden containers.  Volunteers water flowerbeds and planters in the summer, and rake leaves and spread mulch in the winter

Animal Care:  Camp Discovery is home to a small collection of feathered, furred and scaled animals that play a vital role in our programs.  Volunteers will clean tanks, cages and fed and care for these most special ambassadors.

Special Skills:  Are you a social media guru, a fan of fundraising, or perhaps you're an eagle eyed birder?  We have a need for you!  From time to time, Camp Discovery has helping hands assist with specialized tasks from events to lectures, or on an "as needed" basis.  If you have a special talent or interest and wish to give back to help children in our community, let us know!

Internship Opportunities

Camp Discovery offers opportunities for meaningful internships for a semester or during the summer.

Summer Education InternshipCurrently accepting applicants for Spring 2015!  Each summer Camp Discovery seeks 1-2 Summer Education Interns to work on a variety of projects, observe and eventually teach hands-on outdoor programs, and assist with program coordination duties. Summer internships are unpaid.

School Year Education Internships - Currently accepting applicants for Summer 2015!  Each semester Camp Discovery also seeks 1-2 Education Interns to work on a variety of projects, observe and eventually teach hands-on outdoor programs, and assist with program coordination duties.  School year internships are unpaid.

To learn more about any of these opportunities or group service projects available at Camp Discovery, please contact us at 803-754-2008, or email info@campdiscoverysc.org.

Camp Discovery is leading the way to ensure that children and youth of all ages and backgrounds have opportunities for positive and meaningful experiences in nature that connect young hearts and minds and foster an appreciation for the interconnectedness of all living things.  Join us!

Camp Discovery receives no state or Federal support.  Our entire budget comes from grants, income from programs and the generous support of people like you.  Camp Discovery was recognized by the Secretary of State with the Angel Award for being one of “the most efficient and effective charities soliciting in South Carolina”  so you can be confident in knowing that your gift is truly making a difference in young lives.

                             

                             

Other Ways to Give

Matching Gifts – Do you know that you can double the impact of your donation to Camp Discovery?  Many corporations offer to match gifts ranging from $25 to $5,000.  Check with your employer or human resources department to see if your company will match your donations to Camp Discovery.  This simple step could double your gift's impact and make an even greater difference in young lives at Camp Discovery!

Endowment Fund - Donations to Camp Discovery’s Sowing the Seeds Endowment Fund help ensure that Camp Discovery can sow the seeds today to cultivate future generations tomorrow. Your endowment gift will be invested by the Camp Discovery board annually, and your donation will remain a living legacy to benefit the future of children and youth in our community.

Non-Cash Gifts - By giving a gift of appreciated securities, you may avoid capital gains tax while enjoying an income tax deduction for the current fair market value of your gift.  A gift of real estate yields a tax deduction for the full fair market value of the property, and can help you avoid capital gains tax.

Become an Event or Program Sponsor - Interested in linking your company to one of our events, programs, or provide an annual scholarship in your company’s name?   Camp Discovery offers excellent marketing and corporate benefits to our corporate partners.

Reach!  Giving Above and Beyond – Donors who make a special gift of $1,000 or more in support of our work and mission, enable Camp Discovery to reach above and beyond to deliver services accomplishing so much more!  As a Reach donor, your support will enable Camp Discovery to engage, educate and empower today’s children to become responsible stewards of the land and healthy, confident leaders in a sustainable future.  Members receive unique benefits, including an invitation for a private guided nature walk at Camp Discovery for up to (6) guests along with a catered picnic. 

DJ’s Legacy Circle – Through thoughtful planning and stewardship, our founder Donna Johnson (DJ) had a dream for Camp Discovery and we want you to share in that dream.  By making a planned gift to Camp Discovery you will join others who have made a future commitment to ensure ongoing support for our work and mission.  Planned gifts include a bequest through a will or trust, or gifts from retirement accounts or life insurance policies, as well as life-income gifts such as Charitable Gift Annuities and Charitable Remainder Trusts which allow you to make a charitable gift while living and receive a predictable source of annual income.  Remembering the children at Camp Discovery in your final wishes is a wonderful way to leave a lasting legacy! 

For more information on Planned Giving or on any of the opportunities above, please contact Joanna Weitzel, Executive Director at joannaw@campdiscoverysc.org or 803-754-2008.

At Camp Discovery, we believe that everyone can benefit from time in nature and understand that learning can be “at the moment” or “lifelong”.  Guided by our mission, Camp Discovery programs are designed to improve the wellbeing of individuals at any age by providing significant tools for life through recreation and experiential learning.

 

Schools          Children & Youth         

           Schools                     Children & Youth                     Familes

 

                             

            Scouts                              Seniors                            Homeschools

“Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as important to the child as it is to the caterpillar.”                                                                         - Bradley Miller

Camp Discovery offers a more traditional way of experiencing nature, something that is quickly vanishing from the lives of children today.  This time in nature is vital to a child's overall development — intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and physically — but there is a growing disconnect between children and nature.  Camp Discovery aims to bridge this gap at a critical time in a child’s development and recconnect children to the natural for their own health and well-being and that of our planet.

Camp Discovery partners with school districts, educational institutions, and community organizations to provide year-round outdoor recreation, environmental education and experiential learning programs and activities for nearly 2,000 students each year. Scholarships are available for classes and groups of students in public school programs.
 

 

 

Many children today do not have the chance to understand nature through first-hand experiences, spending much of their time indoors behind a screen. These children are the stewards of our future and will be responsible for the ecological health of our planet.

Camp Discovery is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing recreation and experiential learning in nature to teach, heal and inspire. Our programs are designed to sow the seeds for lifelong learning and stewardship by allowing children to reclaim moments of wonder and discovery that have vanished from childhood; moments that are an integral part of shaping who we become as adults. 

Located in Blythewood in Northeast Richland County, the campus is situated on 104 acres of natural, scenic spaces. Abundant creeks and streams, bottomland and upland hardwood forests, nearby farmland, open fields and meadows greet all who visit and provide the perfect, outdoor environment for exciting, hands-on learning experiences.

Since 1985, Camp Discovery has reached more than 12,000 children and youth from across the Midlands with opportunities to learn and grow in nature. Our young people are the next parents, teachers, doctors, legislators, and citizens of our world. By investing in their academic, physical, social and emotional growth and resiliency, Camp Discovery can engage young minds, supports special needs, and help people overcome life’s challenges to be healthy and whole.

 

   

 

 

 

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"Living and Learning Through Discovery"

Situated among 104 acres of beautiful trails, woodlands, pastures, and creeks in Blythewood, SC, Camp Discovery provides recreation and experiential learning programs in nature to teach, heal, and inspire young lives.  

 

         

 

 

Summer Camp Registration is Open for Ages 6-12!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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