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Jr. Naturalist Series (Summer)
August 10 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
The Jr. Naturalist program is a fun, hands-on approach to exploring nature. Each individual class can be taken on its own. However, if you take all 5 classes, you can become an official Kiawah Island Jr. Naturalist and receive a free Rite in the Rain notebook to be just like your favorite Naturalist! Each session will target a different area of wildlife and give each child a better appreciation of our native species.
Children must be 7-12 years old; parents must be present to sign kids in and out, before and after the trip. Cost: $25/session (Marsh Ecology is $40). 24 hour cancellation policy. 2 person minimum. Reservations required: 843.768.6001
Animal Care (Monday): What does a turtle eat? How do alligators keep warm? Join a naturalist for a behind-the-scenes look at the daily life of the Nature Center’s resident animals. Assist the naturalists with preparing food for our animals and get hands-on experience by helping to make sure their enclosures are clean and the animals are healthy.
Marsh Ecology (Tuesday): The salt marsh behind the island is packed with wildlife rarely seen and waiting to be discovered. We will meet at the Mingo Point Outpost where we will board our motorboat and head out for some on-the-water exploration. From sea squirts to sponges, marsh creatures are sure to fascinate!
Going Native (Wednesday): Step back in time and experience life on Kiawah Island as the Native Americans once did. In this class, you will discover the local environment using techniques of the Native Americans while learning their traditions and cultures. Naturalists will guide you on an island hike then conclude with a project using natural materials.
Pond Discoveries (Thursday): Alligators aren’t the only thing living in our ponds. Sometimes the coolest stuff cannot be seen at first glance. There is a whole new world in our ponds that is rarely seen and this is your chance to get a close-up view. After learning some pond basics Naturalists will lead the kids to a pond where they will take their very own water sample and see what creatures can be seen under our microscope!
Backyard Birds (Friday): Calling all fledgling birders! Have you ever wondered what types of feathered friends are flying around you? Who is the red one? What about the ones on the beach? In this class, you will explore various habitats to learn about the most common birds on Kiawah. Equipped with a pair of binoculars and a bird-bingo board game, your sure to be a junior birder in no time!