Using all of our senses, we embark upon habitats large and small within a forest ecosystem at Camp Discovery. From seeds to fallen logs, students will learn about trees, their life cycle and how they provide a home for different plants and animals. Students will even meet some of the different organisms adapted to living there!


5K Standards: K.L.2A.1; K.L.2A.2; K.L.2A.3; K.L.2A.4; K.L.2A.5; K.L.2A.6



Students will listen to the heartwarming story “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. After reading the story, children will embark on a tree hike to learn about the parts of a tree, collect leaves, and make a leaf crown of their very own!

5K standards: K.L.2A.2, K.L.2A.5, K.L.2A6


Do you really know who assists in bringing us our food?  During this program, students will learn about the vital role that pollinators play in what is on their plate on the dinner table.  During your time at Camp Discovery, students will learn about the life cycle of flowering plants, they will step into the role of a pollinator as they play the Pass the Pollen Relay.  Students will also design and create their own hand pollinator and build a mason bee hive to take home.  

1st Grade: 1.L.5A.; 1.L.5A.1; 1.L.5A.2; 1.L.5B; 1.L.5B.1; 1.L.5B.2; 1.L.5B.3

2nd Grade: 2.S.1A.1; 2.S.1A.4; 2.L.5A.1; 2.L.5A.2; 2.L.5B.1; 2.L.5B.2


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, and field investigation to better understand the biotic and abiotic factors in an ecosystem. Students explore how organisms are interconnected and the ways they impact our environment.

2nd Grade Standards: 2.L.5A.2, 2.L.5B.2, 2.L.5B.3; 2.L.5B.4
3rd Grade Standards: 3.L.5A.1, 3.L.5A.2; 3.L.5B.1; 3.L.5B.2;


Plants behave in some oddly intelligent ways from fighting predators to growing 'landing-strips' to attract and spread their pollen! Through exploration in the fields and forests of Camp Discovery, students investigate the extraordinary ways that plants grow, reproduce, and adapt for survival in different environments.

1st Grade Standards: 1.L.5A.1; 1.L.5A.2; 1.L.5B.1; 1.L.5B.2; 1.L.5B.3
4th Grade Standards: 4.L.5A.1; 4.L.5A.2; 4.L.5B.2


Are you ready to get your hands dirty? Students will explore and classify soil components of different types of soil and conduct a critter search to reveal the importance of soil health to whole ecosystems. Students learn about the slower, natural processes that change our environment and compare them to the faster and sometimes disruptive effects of human impact.

3rd Grade Standards: 3.E.4A.1; 3.E.4A.3; 3.E.4B.2;  3.E.4B.3; 3.E.4B.4



Wacky Weather is a STEAM intensive program based off of the GLOBE (Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment) protocols. Students will use their senses and technology, such an infrared thermometers, to collect data pertaining to temperature changes and the water cycle. S students will explore learning stations and collect and analyze data using cloud identification charts and other materials donated by NASA's Langley Education Center.

2nd Grade Standards: 2.E.2; 2.E.2A; 2.E.2A.1; 2.E.2A.2; 2.E.2A.3; 2.E.2A.4

4th Grade Standards: 4.E.2; 4.E.2A; 4.E.2A.1; 4.E.2A.2; 4.E.2B; 4.E.2B.1; 4.E.2B.2


Let’s explore the complex feeding relationships and transfer of energy in a freshwater ecosystem! Students are immersed in the biodiversity of the creeks of Camp Discovery. Through collection and classification of aquatic insects and amphibians, students compare and contrast living organisms to learn the behaviors, processes and adaptations that allow them to survive.

3rd Grade Standards: 3.L.5A; 3.L.5A.1;  3.L.5A.2; 3.L.5B.1; 3.L.5B.3 

4th Grade Standards: 4.L.5A.4, 4.L.5B.1, 4.L.5B.3
5th Grade Standards: 5.L.4A.2; 5.L.4B.1; 5.L.4B.2; 5.L.4B.3; 5.L.4B.4


In the natural world, limiting factors like the availability of food, water,

shelter and space can determine a plant or animal’s survival. Using structured,

outdoor problem-solving activities, students will embark on a simulation of

outdoor team work at Camp Discovery. Along the way, students will work together

in teams to survive various learning tasks.  Adventures include conquering elements

in our low ropes course. Challenge Quest is designed to foster leadership, problem

solving and communication skills.

* This program reinforces STEM education, team building, and supports the

                     Profile of the South Carolina Graduate.

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