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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 may attend the program, and with free admission. 

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 (Starts at 12:01 a.m. each Wednesday for the following week.
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!

COVID-19 Restrictions:

Maintain social distance of at least 6 ft. of other Homeschool families and other Brookgreen guests.

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.

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

Spring 2021 Programming - Topic the same both dates, must chose one:

April 15, 16 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 at our botanical gardens. After, compare different types of seeds, how they travel, and notable adaptations. We will plant seeds to observe and document progress over time, create a flower suncatcher, and make seed art.

April 22, 23 Adapting for Survival

Survival for plants and animals often means finding innovative ways to overcome challenges in the environment! We will explore the adaptations that plants and animals have devised that enable them to survive. Crafts include a rain gauge, Plant Needs Sombrero, and Cactus bookmark.

April 29,30  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, live animals, and guided tour to learn more about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants and animals, too! We will tour the gardens to identify natural adaptations and document in a take-home nature journal. Students will love creating their own Venus Fly Trap!

May 6, 7 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 and animals. Create your own reusable water bottle and learn about more ways your family can conserve to save money and the Earth! Enjoy creating a fabulous forest artistic masterpiece before day’s end!

May 13,14 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, and investigate their integral role in history, economics, and culture. Before completion, test your ninja skills through an obstacle course with mental and physical challenges. Wrap up the day with fun crafts, including clay sculpting and decorating your own flower vase.

May 20,21 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! Design your own reusable tote bag and enjoy a wolf activity pack.

May 27, 28 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 live animals. Before departure, create your own flower photo frame and bird feeder.




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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