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Brookgreen’s Homeschool Explorer Programs for 2020 - 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!


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.


Home Sweet Home – September 10, 2020 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  CLASS IS FULL

Come on a learning expedition through the swamp and upland forest as we explore what animals need for survival, learn about a variety of plant and animal species, and discuss factors that may affect these homes. 

Terrific Taxonomy - September 17, 2020 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Registration opens on September 9, 2020. 

During a live interactive animal presentation, we will explore the classification system used to identify animals. Students will meet and compare mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects through games, S.T.E.M challenges, and crafts! Before departure, put your mind and body to rest with “Animal Yoga” in the gardens by Sharon Stollenmaier, from Pawleys Island Beach Yoga.

Animal Behaviors - September 24, 2020 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Registration opens on September 16, 2020. 

Join us as we discuss some of the wacky behaviors of wildlife. Ever wonder why cows pass so much gas or why Virginia Opossums play dead?  As we walk the Zoo trail, learn how most animal behaviors usually are adaptations for survival - physical or behavioral. You will be put to the test too, with animal challenges at our Sensory Trail and a little animal training of our own!

Eat Like A Bird – October 1, 2020  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Registration opens on September 23, 2020. 

Soar into the world of birds during a tour of our Cypress Swamp Aviary, Raptor Aviaries, and Waterfowl exhibit to explore the differences between bird species. Students will dissect an owl pellet to learn about the different ecological roles organisms play in their environment. Fun experiments, S.T.E.M. challenges, and crafts will wrap up the day!

Radical Reptiles - October 8, 2020  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Registration opens on September 30, 2020. 

Get on your walking shoes as we hike the trail behind the gardens to discuss the radical reptiles that live in our native wetlands. This fun-filled day of exploration and excitement will focus on all things reptilian including: meet-and-greets with some native reptiles, a scavenger hunt, and Andy Warhol inspired Turtle Pop Art.

Zoo Scene Investigators - October 15, 2020  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Registration opens on October 7, 2020. 

Head down to the zoo with our Lead Investigators as we uncover the mystery to find the masked predator that strikes again. We will observe and examine the clues left behind and uncover the Circle of Life. This program is sure to spark your curiosity and sense of adventure.

Entomology - October 22, 2020  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Registration opens on October 14, 2020. 

Become an amateur Entomologist, as we investigate the fascinating world of insects. Activities focus on how they look and move, adaptations for survival, and how tiny animals can have such a large impact on their ecosystems.

Grossology - October 29, 2020  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Registration opens on October 21, 2020. 

From slime makers to blood suckers, the world is filled with yucky things. In this program we will take a closer look at some of the world’s grossest animals and how these gross things serve an important vital function.

Earth’s Resources – November 5, 2020  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Registration opens on October 28, 2020. 

Earth’s resources are used by the organisms on Earth to meet their needs. Some of these resources can be used, changed in form, and reused. We will explore different non-renewable and renewable resources, how they are used, and what we can do to conserve them!

Rockin’ Dirt - November 12, 2020  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Registration opens on November 4, 2020. 

If you are not afraid to get your hands dirty, join us for a rockin’ good time. We will examine a variety of soils, discuss the process of weathering, and explain how soil is the foundation of all ecosystems. Enjoy creating sand slime and make-and-take crafts.

Seasonal Changes - November 19, 2020  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Registration opens on November 11, 2020. 

Each season brings a curiosity of the natural world and what causes Earth’s seasons. Learn about the varying characteristics of each season in this hands-on program. Walk Bethea’s garden to identify winter plantings and along the trail to discuss temperature, precipitation, and investigate changes in the flora and fauna.




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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