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Brookgreen’s Homeschool Explorer Programs for 2022

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.  Parents are required to interact with their children throughout the various presentations, stations, and fun experiences!

 - Registration is only accepted one week prior to each program (Starts at 12:01 a.m. each Wednesday for the following week).
 - You may only register for one program at a time.
 - The cost is $7.00 per student. (Member status does not apply.)
 - Only one parent/teacher per family may attend the program and with free admission. 
 - No children under 4 years old may attend

Maximum: 10 Families - Preregistration is required. No unregistered families will be admitted on the day of the program. If the program is full, your name will be placed on a waiting list. Payment will be made at the Admission 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 or group.  Returning families attending subsequent homeschool programs may send an email noting students’ names and grade levels.

If you are unable to attend the program, please email jcirino@brookgreen, 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.

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.

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

2022 Programming 


Discovering Dinosaurs and Artifacts

January 13, 14

10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Travel back in time to uncover several dinosaurs that lived in North America and their behavioral and physical adaptations for survival. We will discuss how fossils are formed and look at artifacts that have been discovered. Learn how artifacts are important sources of information for archaeologists.

Kitchen Scrap Gardening

January 27,28

10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Learn about fruits and vegetables as we take a tour of Bethea’s Garden. We will teach you to grow vegetables and herbs from items you'd normally throw in your compost bucket or trash. With little effort and a pinch of creativity you can create very imaginative indoor gardens from your kitchen leftovers!

Indigenous People: Culture, Sculpture, and Proverbs

February 10,11

10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Tour our sculpture garden and Sensory Trail to discover more information about the indigenous people of South Carolina. Through sculpture and proverbs, we will learn about hunting and gathering, their culture, and how it connects to the Lowcountry today.

Tour for Muggles

February 24, 25

10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Meet magical creatures and learn about herbology in an exciting program for wizards, witches, and muggles alike.

Under The Canopy

March 10, 11

10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Pine and rainforest are complex and important ecosystems found throughout the world. We will learn about the layers of the forest, the plants and animals in each, and how they are vital to life on Earth.

Seeds on the Go!

March 24, 25

10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Students will explore seeds through dissecting, sorting, comparing, and contrasting. Students will also discover their location in fruits, vegetables, and in the environment. They will learn the many ways seeds travel and factors that affect germination. On the go, they will plant seeds to observe and document their growth and development over time.

Stories Through Sculpture

April 7,8

10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Sculpture can represent many aspects of life. Tour the gardens to hear stories behind sculpture creation and inspiration, mythology, historical notable figures, and how sculpture has been an important way to understand culture and human nature.

The Good, The Bad, The Buggy

May 5, 6

10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Learn about the good, the bad, and the buggies in the garden. Discuss the benefits of native plants, annuals versus perennials, beneficial insects and those that are true menaces. After touring our botanical and vegetable garden, you will start your own through seed plantings and propagation.

STEAM Challenge at the Zoo

***This session is full

May 19, 20

10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Join us for a day filled with STEAM challenges, experiments, scavenger hunts, and more that will explore a variety of nature-themed topics. A day of learning and fun you won’t forget.

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Hours:  9:30AM - 5:00PM everyday

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
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

on South Carolina's Hammock Coast