Homeschool Programs

Brookgreen’s Homeschool Explorer Programs for 2023-2024

Brookgreen Gardens Homeschool Explorers Program is a themed program that is designed to offer exciting, hands-on, standards-based lessons about nature, history, and art. Programs may 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.  Parents are required to interact with their children throughout the various presentations, stations, and fun experiences!

- Registration starts at 12:01 am. on Wednesday 2 weeks before the program, i.e. September 27 for the October 11 or 12 programs.

- You may register for one program at a time.

- The cost is $7.00 per student. (Member status does not apply.)

- One parent/teacher per family may attend the program and with free admission.

 - No children under 4 years old may attend.

Maximum: 50 Participants (Students and Parents) - Preregistration is required. No unregistered families will be admitted on the day of the program. Your name will be placed on a waiting list if the program is full. Payment will be made at the Admissions Plaza on the program date. The receipt must be brought to the registration table at the Lowcountry Center Complex.

Please submit one registration form per family.  Registration must be done online through "Register Here" link below

If you cannot attend the program, please email so that we can advise one of our families on the waiting list. Repeated failure to do this will result in you being red-flagged from the program.


Program times: 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (gate opens at 9:30)

2023-2024 Programming 

September 13,14

Pollinator and Plant Relationships - REGISTRATION IS FULL

Explore our Whispering Wings exhibit to uncover the relationships between flowers and their pollinators. Students will dissect flowers, create their own insects, and enjoy a tour through Bethea’s Garden to see pollinators at work.

October 11, 12

Animals at Night

Ever wonder what animals do after dark? Learn about native and non-native animals, as we tour our zoo, to find out about animals who explore, hunt, and fly through the night. Through games and crafts, students will apply what they learn.

November 8, 9

Birds of a Feather

From chickens to raptors, birds big and small will fly, swim, and mesmerize you in this fun and educational program through our native zoo. We will wrap up the day with a pellet dissection and S.T.E.M challenge.

No program in December


January 10, 11

Animals on the Move

Students will learn how mammals, birds, and reptiles move. Learn about the fastest and the slowest animals around the world before completing games and crafts.

February 14, 15

Big Cats and Dogs

Panthers, Jaguars, and wolves! Oh my! Join us as we meet some “not so little” feline and canine friends while touring our sculpture garden! Prowl around to learn about these amazing creatures and their habitats, through sculptures, and the threats they are facing in the wild.

March 13, 14


Why are alligators bumpy, frogs slimy, and snakes so scaly? Learn about these fun creatures and more as we venture through the zoo, play games, and meet some animal ambassadors up-close.

April 10, 11

Animals in the Garden  

Take a guided tour through the gardens to learn about animals of the land, air, and sea through animal sculpture. Uncover unique features and defenses that help them survive in their native homes. Discover how sculpture is created and some of the amazing sculptors behind the art.

May 8, 9

Where The Trees Grow

Take a hike through the Upland Forest and Cypress Swamp ecosystems to learn about the layers of the forests and the different animals that reside there. Dive deeper into soil composition and learn about how cross tree sections can tell a tree’s story.



Hours: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM daily

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.


Daily General Admission Tickets for 7 consecutive days

Children 3 and under: Free

Children 4-12: $12

Adults 13-64: $22

Seniors 65 & Over: $20


1931 Brookgreen Drive
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Off US Highway 17 Bypass, between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island on South Carolina's Hammock Coast