Looking for something for your child to do after school? Look no more! We are pleased to provide a unique 8 week long after school program for children in the Charleston area.
Ages 8-14 or Grades 3-8
**If we have enough interest from older High School Children we will create a separate group for them!**
What will we do?
Each week will have a different activity and topic. Some weeks are pure fun, like kayaking and paddleboarding, some are more nature based and provide a hands on learning experience. Whatever the topic, we like to have a good mix of learning while we play!
3:30 – 5:30 PM | Every Thursday | Starting Sept. 24 | 8 Weeks
Boat – Travel to Morris Island. Learning topic: Today is all about shells! Learn about the animals that make individual shells and their place in the environment. Collect a few favorites to take home.
Kayak – Today we travel through the marsh, getting up close and personal. Learning topic: Estuaries and the living and non living things to be found here including Spartina grass, pluff mud, and oysters.
Stand up Paddleboard – Once we get the hang of standing on a board we will travel up the river before having a lazy float back to our departure point. Learning topic: Tides and currents and how they affect us and the animals of the marsh.
Sailing *If group size and weather permits* – Catch the wind on one of Folly’s extremely stable and safe catamaran sailboats. Learning topic: The basics of sailing, terminology, how to read the wind, and weather patterns.
Crabbing – Back on the boat for this activity. Today we catch crabs in one of our top secret locations. Learning topic: How to catch a blue crab, basics of anatomy and how the crab lives its life.
Biodisc Project – We have partnered with SC Biodiscovery project to place a rack of acrylic disks on the dock. We will pull up the rack and use our microscope and ID books to see what critters have made their home there. Learning topic: Basics of the scientific process and how to ask, research, and answer a question. Learn to identify common marine invertebrates that grow on surfaces in the river. Compare our findings to classrooms all over the state!
Barrier Islands – Today we meet on the beach to take a walk and learn about the islands many of us call home. Try your hand at finding sharks teeth! Learning topics: Barrier island geology. Zones of the beach and what animals live in each. Find and ID sharks teeth (and maybe even how to make a necklace out of some of the treasures we find!)
Marine Mammals and Reptiles – Find out about some of the larger creatures in the ocean including dolphins, whales, sea turtles and the occasional alligator. Learning topics: All about dolphins and turtles. Examine bones and skulls and learn how to use bones to draw conclusions about their former occupants.
***While we will do our best to have a set schedule of what topic occurs each week, we will substitute and rearrange if weather dictates so that we’re not paddleboarding in a windstorm!***
Time and Cost?
Each session will last two hours and is $45/week.
Your child may attend all 8 sessions or choose only a few! 15% discount for booking all 8 sessions. 5% discount for booking 4. We also offer discounts for multiple children from the same family.
Payment is required up front and can be done via credit card, venmo, or cash if you live locally!
Groups will be limited to 10 children per instructor and we will have a max of 18 per day.
All children and staff will be required to wear a facemask while in close quarters. This includes while on the boat and indoors. Fortunately many of our activities are done in an outdoor setting where it’s not a problem to have plenty of space for each person. For example, a child will not have to wear a mask while in a kayak or on a paddle board. We will have plenty of hand sanitizer with us at all times.