Camp Discovery, a unique outdoor learning space located in Blythewood, SC, provides students from all over the state with authentic, inquiry-based learning experiences with a focus on the natural world. Taking advantage of expansive and rich outdoor spaces, Camp Discovery is offering a variety of exciting field study experiences for the 2021-2022 school year. As an official NASA GLOBE (Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment) Program Pilot Site, we are able to provide your students with unique opportunities to take part in doing science as citizen scientists. Below are brief descriptions of our field studies. Not only are these standards-based programs customizable to suit your students' needs, most of them may be delivered virtually, if the need arises.
Discovery Days activities are led by experienced, certified environmental educators and incorporate the following:
• A literature based mini lesson to reinforce vocabulary and key information
• An interactive S.T.E.M. based component including hands-on activities specific to lesson
• An interpretive hike to specific habitats and/or historic sites within the camp
• A fun team building challenge for each group
Our experiences at Camp Discovery are designed to encourage students to be environmental scientists by asking thoughtful questions, making observations and communicating their findings. Our Discovery Days programs run about two and a half hours, with a short snack break. Snacks are brought/provided by the school/students. School groups are welcome to stay after the program is finished to enjoy a bring-your-own picnic lunch at camp before boarding the bus.
Steps to Scheduling Your Visit
Step 1: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request available dates. Please include your grade level, total number of students, number of classes, and program requested. Please provide your school contact information (school phone number with your classroom extension) as well as your personal cell phone number (in case of inclement weather). Please also include the name and contact information of the bookkeeper at your location.
Step 2: Check your email for correspondence from Camp Discovery and reply in a timely manner to confirm scheduling. Once we receive your confirmation you will be added to our programming calendar.
Step 3: Several weeks prior to visit, final numbers will need to be solidified and an invoice will be sent.
If the school must cancel a field study, please contact our office immediately at (803) 754-2008 or email@example.com. All schedule changes must be made at least 2 weeks in advance. Cancellations prior to two weeks in advance may be subject to a fee. If schedule changes occur due to inclement weather, we will make every effort to reschedule your visit.
In the case of extreme weather conditions (i.e. snow, extreme temperatures, thunderstorms), Camp Discovery may cancel the field study. Cancellations due to weather will be made before the end of school on the day before the scheduled trip, whenever possible. Camp staff will contact the school via phone or email on the day prior to scheduled field study. If trip is cancelled due to inclement weather, Camp Discovery will make every effort to reschedule your visit.