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Homeschool Programs

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.  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)

Fall 2021 Programming 


Animals Around the World

September 23, 24

10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Travel through our Lowcountry Zoo and learn about native and non-native species. Explorers will determine major features unique to each of the five vertebrate classes and facts about amazing animals from each. Before program completion, Explorers will enjoy a scavenger hunt to learn about Endangered Species and complete crafts to reinforce the day’s objectives.

Sculpture Adventures

October 7, 8

10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Explorers will journey through our Botanical and Sculpture Garden to uncover fun information about different animals, sculpture mediums, and artists. Explorers will enjoy S.T.E.A.M challenges and crafts that will apply the day’s lesson.

Predator vs. Prey

October 21, 22

10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Come on the hunt to uncover predators and prey in native habitats. Through games, crafts, and a guided tour, Explorers will learn about adaptations, food webs, and the circle of life.

Wetland Warriors

November 4, 5

10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Take a hike behind the garden wall to learn about different wetlands and their unique features. Explorers will identify the flora and fauna within them and why they need our protection.

Strange Things

November 18, 19

10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Nature is filled with mind-blowing phenomena and fascinating creatures. Discover interesting facts, complete S.T.E.A.M challenges, and create unique crafts to find out about the stranger things in life.


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During Nights of a Thousand Candles, Brookgreen Gardens is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Wednesday only. During the evening event, the Gardens open at 4 p.m. for the event.
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