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Homeschool Programs

Our Homeschool Explorers Programs have been suspended until further notice. 
Brookgreen’s Homeschool Explorer Programs for 2021

Brookgreen Gardens Homeschool Explorer Program is a themed program that is designed to offer exciting, hands-on, standard-based lessons about nature, history, and art. Most programs will include tours of exhibits, live animal presentations, S.T.E.M. challenges, and make-and-take crafts.

Our standards-based program is designed for children 4 years - 8th grade.  No children under 4 years old may attend. Parents are required to interact with their children throughout the various presentations, stations, and fun experiences!

Cost is $7.00 per student. (Member status does not apply.)

Only one parent/teacher per family will be admitted. (Admission is free)

Maximum: 26 people Preregistration is required. No unregistered families will be admitted on the day of the program. If program is full, your name will be placed on a waiting list. Payment will be made at the Admission Plaza on program date. Receipt must be brought to registration table at the Lowcountry Center Complex.

Please submit one registration form per family or group.  Returning families attending subsequent homeschool programs may send email noting students’ names and grade levels.

Registration is only accepted one week prior to each program
You may only register for one program at a time

If you are unable to attend the program, please let us know, so we can advise one of our families on the waiting list. Repeated failure to do this will result in your being red flagged from the program!

Maintain social distance of at least 6 ft. of other Homeschool families and other Brookgreen guests.COVID-19 Restrictions:

Masks are to be worn in all inside areas, and outside when not able to social distance.

Please do not attend if you are not feeling well or have had a fever within 72 hours.

Anyone that has been in contact with a suspected positive COVID-19 case within the past 14 days, should not attend.

All shared materials will be properly sanitized.

For more information, please complete the contact form and choose “Education” from the drop-down menu information, or contact Joyce Cirino, Coordinator for Education Programs, at 843-235-6049.

Winter & Spring 2021 Programming 

Our Homeschool Explorers Programs have been suspended until further notice. 

January 21, 22 Winter Wonderland

Join us on a guided tour through the Winter Wonderland of the gardens and Arboretum. Peek into life at the coldest parts of the world. Wrap up the day with crafts that will be snow much fun!

January 28, 29 It Matters!

Solids, liquids, and gases…It all matters! Come rotate through our different labs to explore the different proprieties of matter. Apply what you learn in STEM challenges and crafts. (Indoor and outdoor programming)

February 4, 5 Regions of South Carolina

Map out the regions of South Carolina, as we explore the History Exhibit, Bethea’s Garden, and Growing Gardeners Exhibit. We will discover facts about South Carolina’s climate, agriculture, landforms, and more. (Indoor and Outdoor Programing)

February 11, 12 Sculpture Safari

Come with us on a Sculpture Safari through our award-winning botanical gardens. Uncover hidden spots and gems during this exciting tour! Before completion of program, enjoy creating a variety of sculptures using different mediums!

February 18, 19 Stories in the Gardens

Enjoy a guided tour to uncover many stories from the gardens with a focus on Mythology and other folklore. Students will enjoy a Poetry Workshop in the Poetry Garden and wrap up the day with a craft and S.T.E.M. challenge!

February 25, 26 Who? What? From Where?

Take a fascinating trip through the gardens to discuss non-native plant and animal species. Learn where they are from and what adaptations help them survive. Look into how invasive species can have a negative effect on our ecosystem.

March 4, 5 Seussical Adventures

Dr. Seuss used his imagination to create unforgettable characters. Enjoy a fun-filled guided tour of our zoo with interactive activities, stories, and crafts to learn more about some of our characters. A day packed with science, art, and literacy!

March 11, 12 Planting Scientific Seeds

From beans to zinnia seeds, the beginnings of a plant are found in an amazing diversity of shapes and sizes. Tour Brookgreen Garden’s Greenhouse to see where the magic starts. After, compare different types of seeds, how they travel and notable adaptations. We will plant seeds to observe and document progress over time.

March 18, 19 Adapting for Survival

Survival for plants and animals often means finding innovative ways to overcome challenges in the environment! In this fascinating class, we'll first explore the adaptations that plants and animals have devised that enable them to survive in different habitats.

March 25, 26 Carnivorous Plants and Animals, Too!

Gotcha! Many plants get nourishment by photosynthesis, but carnivorous plants do that and trap live prey! Enjoy S.T.E.M challenges, fun-facts, and guided tours to learn more about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants and animals, too!

April 22, 23 Earth Day Celebration!

Join us for a S.T.E.A.M program that will encourage environmental stewardship and teach the importance of conservation. Journey through the zoo to discuss endangered species, both plants and animals, and how the little things we do can make a big impact.

April 29, 30 Fabulous Forests 

Explore the layers of the forests and the creatures that live within them. Uncover different types of forests, forest use, and the effects of forest loss on people.

May 6, 7 Fruit and Vegetable Ninjas

Join us for a fun, hands-on program that teaches about fruits and vegetables and that is sure to pique your student’s curiosity. Using all senses, students will investigate a variety of different fruits and vegetables, learn how they grow, uncover their nutritional benefits, investigate their integral role in history, economics, and culture. Before completion, test your ninja skills through an obstacle course with mental and physical challenges. 

May 13, 14 Species in Danger!

Healthy ecosystems depend on plants and animals. Let’s take an up-close look at some of our native endangered species, including the elusive red wolf. Investigate endangered species and how they impact the environment to complete the food web of different habitats!

May 20, 21 Garden Art and Math too!

Let’s get outside and explore nature to find patterns, symmetry, the Fibonacci sequence and more. In this program students will enjoy a variety of engaging exploratory activities, including:  a scavenger hunt, S.T.E.A.M. based challenge, and crafts!

May 27, 28 Water Wonders

Water is an essential part of our lives and the lives of all living things. Learn about the water cycle, watershed, and enjoy fun water-themed activities and make-and-takes.




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Brookgreen Gardens is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For their safety and the safety of our animal collection, pets are not allowed, nor can they be left in vehicles inside Brookgreen.
Service animals that have received special training to assist disabled persons are welcome. Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.


Daily General Admission Tickets for 7 consecutive days
Children 3 and under
Children 4-12
Adults 13-64
Seniors 65 & Over


1931 Brookgreen Drive

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Off US Highway 17 Bypass, between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island