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Environmental Education
Tiedemann Park Nature Center
38 Elizabeth St. Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 965-4002
Environmental Education Coordinator: Matt Olson
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Spring/Summer Educational Sessions
For all programs listed, children are required to be accompanied by an adult, the programs that are free, are noted in the descriptions and an RSVP is required. All programs are held at Tiedemann Park Nature Center unless otherwise noted. Please call (843) 965-4002 to RSVP or

Naturally Green

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Hey kids! Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day and join us at the Tiedemann Park Nature Center!  All participants will have the opportunity to make their own clover potter and then discuss the myth on how St. Patrick chased the snakes from Ireland.  Some of our live snakes will also make a showing! 

Date/Time Ages Cost Activity #
March 17
5-10      FREE      282720

Archery Clinic

Join us to learn about the sport of archery and take your shot at a target!

Dates/Time Ages Cost Activity #
March 30

8-12      $7/Resident
August 31
8-12 $7/Resident

Family Geocaching in the Park

Bring the family out for an evening of Geocaching! Learn how to connect to a satellite system with a GPS and then hunt for "treasure". Limited to 7 teams! Check out our flyer here and help spread the word about this fun event!

Hampton Park

Date/Time Ages Cost Activity #
April 27

Family (up to 5 members) $25/Resident

Gator Tales 

Join us at the Tiedemann Park Nature Center for this program all about alligators!  Learn what makes alligators and crocodiles different from each other and what adaptations make them thrive in a water environment.  

Date/Time Ages Cost Activity #
August 18
5-10      FREE      382716

Fall/Winter Educational Sessions

Marine Mayhem

"Dive" into this series of classes with us as we look at some of the more magnificent creatures that roam the world's oceans! Through short lessons, crafts, and other learning mediums, your kids will leave with a greater appreciation of marine animals. Series of 4 classes on Thursdays. 

Dates/Time Ages Cost Activity #
September 20-October 11
5-10           $20/Residents

Huck Finn Fishing Festival

Come test your fishing skills at Colonial Lake! Awards will be given out to the top finishers in each age group, as well as raffle prizes. Concessions will be available for purchase. 

Colonial Lake 

Date/Time Ages Cost Activity #
September 16
4-12              $3/participant     Register on day of event

Environmental Evening

Come to Tiedemann Park for a Friday evening about the environment!  We will kick off with some educational activities at 6:00pm then show a movie starting at 7:30pm! Concessions available to purchase during the movie.

Date/Time Ages Cost Activity #
October 12
All        FREE     482713

Bird Brains

This series of programs will introduce your kids to the wonderful world of birds and their wide range of habitats. Learn through short lessons, arts/crafts and other activities about these feathered friends. Series of 4 classes. Minimum registration: 4 children. 

Dates/Time Ages Cost Activity #
October 25-November 15
7-11          $20/Residents

Going Batty at Tiedemann 

Get a jump start on your Halloween Celebration with this fun filled program all about BATS! Learn about local species of bats, fascinating adaptations including echolocation, and other fun facts. 

Date/Time Ages Cost Activity #
October 27
5-10       FREE        482718

Gobble and Glue 

We will be making “turkeys” during a personalized Thanksgiving craft project and will learn about the history of the turkey.   

Date/Time Ages Cost Activity #
November 17
5-10       FREE        482714

Wacky Science

Learn about various science concepts through crazy experiments with this fun and exciting program! Series of 4 classes on Tuesdays.

Dates/Time Ages Cost Activity #
November 29-December 20
7-11          $20/Residents

Arctic Adventures

We do not get much snow here in Charleston, but we can learn about some of the more frigid areas on Earth and some of the animals that inhabit those places.

Date/Time Ages Cost Activity #
December 9
5-12 FREE        182701

Camp Information 

Each day, we will cover a different environmental topic! Kids will also participate in arts and crafts, field trips, recreational time, and other activities. Early drop off (7:30am) and late pick up (5:30pm).

Dates: April 10-14
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm 
Registration: February 27-March 31
Location: Tiedemann Park Nature Center
Ages: 5-11
Cost: $125/City Residents; $150 Non-City Residents
Activity#: 282511


With a different topic each week, our camp provides great variety and fun for kids who choose to attend for the entire 9 weeks. If this does not fit into your schedule, then you can sign up for single weeks. From Reptiles Week to Conservation Week, the NAN camp provides a great educational experience for your kids. Kids will also participate in arts and crafts, field trips, recreational time, and other activities! Early drop off (7:30am) and late pick up (5:30pm). Additional fees apply to early drop off and late pick up. Registration forms must be turned in by 9:00am on March 23. The final lottery drawings will take place on March 23 at 9am

Dates: June 5-August 4 (no camp week of July 3-7)
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Registration: February 27-March 23 by 9:00am
Location: Tiedemann Park Nature Center
Ages: 5-11
Cost: $125/City Residents; $150 Non-City Residents
Activity#: 382510

School Programs/Field Trips
In-House Programs Field Trips
  • Marine Touch Tank
  • Reptiles of the Lowcountry 
  • Terrific Turtles 
  • Gator Tales 
  • Insects!
  • Wild Wetlands
  • Beach Day!
  • Treeology
  • Pluff ‘n’ Stuff
  • Forest Factors
Check out our School Programs Flyer here! Call Matt Olson to schedule or for more information. 
Phone: (843)965-4002