The Creative Education Department of Brookgreen Gardens is the hub of learning for art, history, and nature. Our renowned Gullah Geechee programming is an important part of interpreting the history of the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Brookgreen Gardens offers many education opportunities for youth and adults. Our field trip curriculums are designed to work with teachers and help them prepare students for their Brookgreen visit, and be able to measure what students learned afterwards.
We offer monthly programs for homeschool students, which gives them an opportunity to visit the Gardens, interact with other students and learn in a group environment.
Zookeeper for a Day, gives students (and adults!) 12 and over the opportunity for a firsthand experience at working in a zoo. All dates are filled for 2020.
Scout Days are workshops that Scouts may come and earn a badge while exploring our Gardens and Zoo. Although these workshops fulfill Scout requirements, they are open to ALL children.
Children's Discovery Room is located at the Wall Lowcountry Center. If offers interactive stations that engage 4- to 12-year olds to reflect on the nature and history of Brookgreen Gardens. It is free with garden admission and children may stay at any Discovery Station for as long as their interest remains. At some stations, they will complete projects that they may take home with them. With ample written and pictorial instructions at each station, children will function independently or with minimal parental involvement. Hours are Noon - 4:30 pm daily (check daily schedule for exceptions).
Children's Nature & Sensory Trail is located near the Enchanted Storybook Forest and the Whispering Wings Butterfly House. It is free with garden admission. Children ages 6 and above will enjoy "Sensory," "Information," "Creative Physical Activity," and "Unstructured Play" stations that reflect the nature and history of Brookgreen Gardens.
Sensory stations engage visitors to use their senses to be aware of nature around them.
Information stations ask a nature question for children to consider. Answers will be found under a flap below the questions. Mimicry Stations will instruct children to move in ways they believe would imitate the movements of the animals that are pictured.
Creative Physical Activity stations include a large hollow log through which children can burrow when entering or leaving the Trail and two scaled models of a Native American Dwelling and an Enslaved African Dwelling, through which children can walk. Unstructured Play stations include accompanying audio stations for participating in singing and storytelling.
Our younger guests are invited to enter the magical world of the Enchanted Storybook Forest. A wonderful collection of storybook playhouses created by local builders, architects and organizations, that is located in the area of the Lowcountry Zoo, beside the Whispering Wings Butterfly House. The exhibit is free with garden admission.
Each house is based on a classic children's story or nursery rhyme and encourages reading and interaction with the natural world. Storybooks are available for guests to borrow during their visit for reading under the trees. These are located at the butterfly hut.