Homeschool Programs

Brookgreen’s Homeschool Explorer Programs for 2022-2023

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 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. 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.  Returning families attending subsequent homeschool programs may send an email to noting students’ names and grade levels (not age).

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)

2022-2023 Programming 


Bee and Bug Bonanza

September 14, 15             10:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m.

Come learn about bees, butterflies, and other insects by touring our Butterfly Exhibit and observing our Observational Honeybee Hive. Wrap up the day by creating a beeswax candle, a mason bee house, and playing family games.

Sliders and Slithering Things

October 12, 13                   10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Dive into the reptilian world and learn about a variety of turtles, snakes, and other slithering things, including the apex predator, the American Alligator. Get an up-close look at two of our animal ambassadors, enjoy a guided tour of our zoo, and create crafts to conclude the day.

Fall Shapes, Textures, and Natural Art

November 9, 10                10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Nature has undeniably proven itself to be one of the most treasured of muses known to man. Enjoy a guided tour of the gardens to explore the natural beauty of fall, and discuss the shapes and textures of the natural world as well as the amazing sculpture within. We will discuss textures and shapes of plants, sculptures, and create a variety of art using mixed media.

Homeschool Explorers:  January-May 2023

Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Animals

January 11, 12                10:00-12:30 p.m.

Tour the Lowcountry Zoo to uncover dinosaurs and more recently extinct animals. Learn about these incredible animals and why adaptations of present-day animals are so important for their survival. Wrap up the day with everyday practices that can help endangered species.

Things In Motion

February 8, 9                   10:00-12:30 p.m.

Come build your own car, create a pinwheel, and shoot a rocket to find out how things travel. Through S.T.E.M activities, games, and crafts, we will get hands-on to discover how things move and work. 

Spring Shapes, Textures and Natural Art

March 8, 9                      10:00-12:30 p.m.

Nature has undeniably proven itself to be one of the most treasured of muses known to man. Enjoy a spring-themed guided tour and scavenger hunt of the gardens. Explore the natural beauty of spring and discuss the shapes and textures of the natural world, as well as the amazing sculptured. We will discuss textures and shapes of plants and sculptures and create a variety of art using mixed media.


No Homeschool Program, but check out our Spring Break Camps.

Ocean Exploration

May 10, 11       10:00-12:30 p.m.

Explore sea life and the depths of the ocean in this exciting program that teaches children about the different layers of the ocean, animals that live there, and the threats facing the health of the oceans. Students will create amazing ocean-themed art, enjoy water games, and engage in hands-on activities that will take your child on a deep-sea adventure.



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