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Environmental Education
Tiedemann Park Nature Center
38 Elizabeth St. Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 965-4002
Environmental Education Coordinator: Matt Olson
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Educational Sessions
For all programs listed, children are required to be accompanied by an adult, the programs that are free, are noted in the descriptions and an RSVP is required. All programs are held at Tiedemann Park Nature Center unless otherwise noted. Please call (843) 965-4002 to RSVP or  https://rectrac.charleston-sc.gov

Toddler Tails
Even the little ones can learn more about animals, habitats, and the environment as a whole. Each class will include a story and a snack!

Dates: February 9-March 2
          September 28-October 19
Time: 9:30-10:30am

Ages: 3-5
Cost: $20/City Resident; $25 Non-City Resident
Activity#: 282716 (Winter)
              482700 (Fall)

Gator Tales
Learn what makes alligators and crocodiles different from each other and what adaptations make them thrive in a water environment.  Alligators are known to be apex predators – we will form a food chain to learn more.

Date: February 25
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Ages: 4-12
Cost: FREE
Activity#: 182725

Naturally Green
Hey kids! Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day and join us at the Tiedemann Park Nature Center!  All participants will have the opportunity to make their own clover potter and then discuss the myth on how St. Patrick chased the snakes from Ireland.  Some of our live snakes will also make a showing! 

Date: March 11
Time: 10:00-11:30am

Ages: 4-12
Cost: FREE
Activity#: 282720

Archery Clinic
Join us to learn about the sport of archery and take your shot at a target!

Date: March 31
Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm
Ages: 8-12
Cost: $5/City Resident; $8/Non City Resident
Activity#: 282710

Family Geocaching
Bring the family out for an evening of Geocaching! Learn how to connect to a satellite system with a GPS and then hunt for "treasure". Limited to 7 teams!

Date: May 19
Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm
Location: Hampton Park
Ages: Family (up to 5 members)
Cost: $20/City Resident; $25 Non-City Resident
Activity#: 282714

Shooting for the Stars!
Come visit us as we take a closer look at the "Great Unknown", SPACE! We will learn about the planets in our solar system, comets, meteors, and even develop a new planet along with a creature that may live there. This will be some out of the world fun! Series of 4 classes on Thursdays. 

Dates: August 31-September 21
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Ages: 5-10
Cost: $20/City Resident; $25 Non-City Resident
Activity#: 482701

Huck Finn Fishing Festival
Come test your fishing skills at Colonial Lake! Awards will be given out to the top finishers in each age group, as well as raffle prizes. Concessions will be available for purchase. 

Date: September 16
Time: 8:30am-12:00pm
Ages: 4-12
Cost: $3/participant
Register on the day of the event. 

Marine Mayhem
"Dive" into this series of classes with us as we look at some of the more magnificent creatures that roam the world's oceans! Through short lessons, crafts, and other learning mediums, your kids will leave with a greater appreciation of marine animals. Series of 4 classes on Thursdays. 

Dates: October 26-November 16
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Ages: 5-10
Cost: $20/City Resident; $25 Non-City Resident
Activity#: 482702

Web Weavers
Halloween is just around the corner and we would like for everyone to learn a little more about our 8-legged friends, the spiders!

Date: October 28
Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Ages: 5-10
Cost: FREE
Activity#: 482715
 
Wacky Science
Learn about various science concepts through crazy experiments with this fun and exciting program! Series of 4 classes on Tuesdays.

Dates: November 28-December 19
Time: 4:00-5:00pm

Ages: 5-10
Cost: $20/City Resident; $25 Non-City Resident
Activity#: 182716

Arctic Adventures
We do not get much snow here in Charleston, but we can learn about some of the more frigid areas on Earth and some of the animals that inhabit those places.

Date: December 9
Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Ages: 5-12
Cost: FREE
Activity#: 182701 
 
Camp Information 
NUTS ABOUT NATURE SPRING BREAK CAMP
Each day, we will cover a different environmental topic! Kids will also participate in arts and crafts, field trips, recreational time, and other activities. Early drop off (7:30am) and late pick up (5:30pm).

Dates: April 10-14
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm 
Registration: February 27-March 31
Location: Tiedemann Park Nature Center
Ages: 5-11
Cost: $125/City Residents; $150 Non-City Residents
Activity#: 282511

NUTS ABOUT NATURE SUMMER CAMP - BY LOTTERY ONLY!
With a different topic each week, our camp provides great variety and fun for kids who choose to attend for the entire 9 weeks. If this does not fit into your schedule, then you can sign up for single weeks. From Reptiles Week to Conservation Week, the NAN camp provides a great educational experience for your kids. Kids will also participate in arts and crafts, field trips, recreational time, and other activities! Early drop off (7:30am) and late pick up (5:30pm). Additional fees apply to early drop off and late pick up. Registration forms must be turned in by 12:00pm on March 27. The final lottery drawings will take place on March 28

Dates: June 5-August 4 (no camp week of July 3-7)
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Registration: February 27-March 27 by 12:00pm
Location: Tiedemann Park Nature Center
Ages: 5-11
Cost: $125/City Residents; $150 Non-City Residents
Activity#: 382510


School Programs/Field Trips
In-House Programs Field Trips
  • Marine Touch Tank
  • Reptiles of the Lowcountry 
  • Terrific Turtles 
  • Gator Tales 
  • Insects!
  • Wild Wetlands
  • Beach Day!
  • Treeology
  • Pluff ‘n’ Stuff
  • Forest Factors
Check out our School Programs Flyer here! Call Matt Olson to schedule or for more information Phone: (843)965-4002