Ages 6 - 12
At Nature Adventures Shem Creek Location
Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 3:30pm
$325 per camper per week; $300 per additional camper per week if 2 or more siblings participate
June 12 - 16; June 26 - 30; July 3 - 7; July 17 - 21; July 31 - Aug 4
This camp will take day trips in our own "Adventure Shuttle Bus" to explore Blackwater Swamps, Barrier Islands, Nature Centers and more! These trips will enlighten your child about endangered species while exploring the outdoors on easy, fun adventures.
Activities include: kayaking, canoeing, hiking, paddleboarding, island exploration, swimming, touch tanks, red wolves, raptors, and many other live animals! Taught by University Degreed & Master Naturalist Guides and Interns as well as Certified Camp Counselors; First Aid/CPR and ACA Kayaking Course Accredited.
Mondays – Island Exploration Day – We'll spend the day on beautiful Capers Island State Heritage Preserve in search of dolphins, eastern shorebirds, shells and more! We'll board our very own privately chartered ferry boat with Barrier Island Eco-tours and discover critters that live in the bay. Then we'll explore the island's beach ecology, swim in the shallow waters (with life vests on) and have a picnic on the beach!
Tuesdays – Kayaking and Paddleboarding Day – Explore the gentle saltwater marshes of Shem Creek Shrimping Village. Kids will collect marine creatures to make a "touch tank" and will have "fun in the sun" while learning about dolphins, manatees and other animals important to our marsh ecosystems.
Wednesdays – Canoeing & Red Wolf Day – On this day we'll explore Wambaw Creek Wilderness Area and see the Red Wolves at the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center. Campers will paddle a beautiful blackwater creek through a protected wilderness area in the Francis Marion National Forest. On our paddle we're likely to see small alligators, turtles and lots of neo-tropical song birds! Then it's off to see the Red Wolves and visit the Nature Exhibit hall and see a movie about wildlife in our area.
Thursdays – Zip & Climb Day! – We'll have a fun day zipping through the forest on Charleston's one and only Zip-line for kids located in Awendaw! They'll also enjoy a climbing wall and can play other outdoor games including corn hole and more.
Fridays – Native American and Raptor Day – Center for Birds of Prey & Native American Indian Ruins - Campers will visit the incredible Avian Conservation Center in Awendaw at the Center for Birds of Prey. Here we'll see native raptors as well as African eagles, hawks and many others. We'll even experience a flight demonstration too! We'll also hike to the Sewee Indian Ruins and see a 4,000 year old ceremonial shell ring and view and touch Indian artifacts and search for raptors in the sky.
*Individual Day Camp Days will be open if the camp is not filled. Price will be $75/day.
Call us to make a reservation, 843-568-3222. A 50% deposit is necessary to hold the camper's space for the week.
Teen Stand Up Paddleboard and Kayak Camp
At Nature Adventures Shem Creek Location
9:00am to 1:00pm
July 5 - 7, 2016
Learn to kayak and paddleboard during your break from school! Ages 12-17 welcome!
Located at our own private boat ramp, campers will have the best of everything.
We'll teach them kayaking and paddleboarding 101, safety issues and skill development along the way. Sign up early, space is limited!
Swamp and Marsh Ecology Discovery Field Trips
Mt. Pleasant, Moncks Corner, Awendaw and McClellanville, SC
Other areas: Edisto River, ACE Basin and Santee
Curriculum based field trip activities led by University Degreed Biologist / Master Naturalist Guides
I’on Swamp Wildlife Ecology Hike and Reptile Program:
Awendaw, SC in the Francis Marion National Forest
Includes a hike into the edges of the Swamp where we’ll dip net for dragonflies, water beetles, fish and more! We’ll set up a touch tank of Swamp critters students can discover. We’ll also bring local, native reptiles including snakes and turtles for a nice hands on experience to learn how these reptiles adapt to a Swamp habitat. The trip includes a 1.5 mile hike on the earthen dikes built on the Wythewood Canal.
$8 each: Chaperones and Teachers are free. Ages 4 and up welcome on this trip.
Blackwater Creek & Swamp Wilderness Ecology Kayak and Canoe Program:
Wambaw creek wilderness Area in McClellanville, SC in the Francis Marion National Forest
Wadboo creek, Swamp & Rice Plantations – Moncks Corner, SC
On this field trip we’ll “slip into the swamp” in kayaks and canoes and discover the quiet, serene blackwater areas of South Carolina. Students will discover Cypress and Tupelo trees in a Beautiful flooded Forest, see abandoned rice fields and canals as well as learn about the neo-tropical birds, reptiles and overall ecology of the Swamp. Led by University Degreed / Master Naturalist guides and Certified kayak Trip Leaders and Instructors.
Shem Creek & Crab Bank Island Marsh Ecology Kayak Program:
Mt. Pleasant, SC
On this field trip we’ll slip into the marsh and discover crustaceans and wetland shorebirds along the way. This is a slow moving marsh creek environment that meanders through a historic Shrimping Village. We’ll also include a touch tank of live critters for further discovery.
1 Hour: $18 each, 2 Hour: $22 each, 3 Hour $28 each; Groups of 20 or more receive a $3 discount per person.
This rate applies also to chaperones and teachers.
We’d love to work with you to create a perfect program for your curriculum. Send us an email or give us a call with any questions or inquiries. Thank you for your interest and we hope to get you and your students out on the water with us to enjoy the great outdoors!
Seeking Sponsorships For School Programs
In need of a good deed to do this month? Look no further. NAO is seeking corporate sponsorships for our Get OUTDOORS and UNPLUGGED Youth Explorers Student (YES) Field Trips! What will your sponsorship get you? Visibility in our various advertising mediums including social, print and other venues. Where does your money go? This program helps rural youth in the South Carolina Lowcountry. In partnership with the Awendaw Regional Outreach Center, your donation is a 100% tax deduction for you!
$100 - Blue Heron Level:
Get extensive social media and online marketing coverage, plus print media in local papers and distributions – Sponsors 4 students on a 2 hour guided kayak Tour or 10 students on our Marine or Swamp Ecology Discovery programs
$200 - Great Egret Level gets the above plus:
On-site banner and company materials – Sponsors 8 students on a 2 hour guided kayak Tour or 20 students on our Marine or Swamp Ecology Discovery programs
$300 - Osprey Level gets the above plus:
Radio coverage and your logo on event T-shirts – Sponsors 12 students on a 2 hour guided kayak Tour or 30 students on our Marine or Swamp Ecology Discovery programs
$400 Barred Owl Level gets the above plus:
Social media coverage and blog write up – Sponsors 16 students on a 2 hour guided kayak Tour or 40 students on our Marine or Swamp Ecology Discovery programs
$500 - Eagle Level gets the above plus:
4 free tickets aboard the Fish Eagle Osprey Wildlife Eco Tour boat or 4 kayak or Stand Up paddleboard Rentals at either Shem creek or Santee State Park – Sponsors 20 students on a 2 hour guided kayak Tour or 50 students on our Marine or Swamp Ecology Discovery programs
$600 – Swallow-tailed Kite Level gets the above plus:
4 free tickets aboard the Fish Eagle Osprey Wildlife Eco Tour boat and 4 kayak or Stand Up paddleboard Rentals at either Shem creek or Santee State Park – Sponsors 24 students on a 2 hour guided kayak Tour or 60 students on our Marine or Swamp Ecology Discovery programs
Even if the sponsorship does not cover the entire class, they can apply the sponsorship donation towards the entire class trip, making it more affordable for every child.
Thank you for your donation and remember, it is a tax deduction for you!
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