Junior Naturalist Program

junior naturalistThe Jr. Naturalist program is a fun, hands-on approach to exploring nature. Each individual class can be taken on its own. Each session will target a different area of nature, and give each child a better appreciation of our native species.  Classes are available throughout the week in the Spring and Summer, and by request in the Fall and Winter.  Check out our schedule of events. For reservations or more information, please call the Heron Park Nature Center at 843.768.6001.


    • $30 per session
    • Children must be 7 – 12 years old
    • 24-hour cancellation policy applies, 2 child minimum required
    • Each session is approximately 1 1/2 hours long
    • Parents must be present to sign kids in and out, before and after the program

animal care

Junior Naturalist: Herpetology for Hatchlings

Herpetology you say? We’ll teach your little hatchling all about our native reptiles and amphibians, including alligators, snakes, turtles, and frogs. We’ll learn how to identify the different species of sea turtles that nest on Kiawah’s beaches and how alligators soak up the sun with their bumpy backs. We may even get to have a close-encounter with some of our scaly friends!

marsh ecologyJunior Naturalist: Marsh Discovery

The salt marsh behind the island is packed with wildlife rarely seen and waiting to be discovered. It is thriving with wildlife for us to discover as we learn about the different zones of the saltmarsh and use our nets to catch critters at Mingo Point. From crabs to sponges and even some oysters, these creatures are sure to keep everyone wanting to see more.

pond discoveriesJunior Naturalist: Maritime Forest Meander

Who’s ready for a maritime adventure? The maritime forest is a unique ecosystem that makes up a large part of Kiawah Island. Naturalists will lead kids on a guided hike to explore a pristine part of the island. Here, we will discover different plants and animals and learn about factors of the forest, their importance, and how they work together.


Teen Outdoor Adventures

Participants 13 – 17 years old. Adults must be present to sign kids in and out, before and after the trip. All Nature Tours have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Call the Nature Center for a complete schedule and to make your reservation: 843.768.6001

paddle boardingTeen Paddleboarding

SUP!? Take the plunge and become a part of the fastest growing water sport on the East Coast. Hand stands, balancing tricks and team paddling are just a few of the fun activities to do on paddleboards while enjoying the view of the salt marsh. Ages 13-17 only. $60/person. $55 for KIGR Guests an KICA Members

Teen_KayakingTeen Kayaking

Time for the kids to get out and have an adventure of their own. After some quick tips, it’s time to jump in your own boat and have some fun on the water. From races in the river to some fun in the mud, you’re sure to make some new friends while on this trip! This trip is done in single kayaks. $65/person. $60 for KIGR guests and KICA members. Tour time is dependent on the tide, call for schedule, 843.768.6001.

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