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HOURS

9 a.m.- 5 p.m., daily
The park is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

OFFICE

9 a.m. -5 p.m., daily

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ADMISSION

$10/adult; $6.50/S.C. Senior; $6/youth age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger.

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PETS

Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Pets are not permitted in the Animal Forest.

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BY THE NUMBERS

1670 the year the first permanent European settlement in South Carolina was founded

1 of only a handful of original settlement sites that still exist in the United States

1 awesome 12-room exhibit hall with interactive exhbits

1 Adventure - a replica 17th-century trading vessel visitors can board and explore beneath the deck

1 Animal Forest - the only zoo in the Charleston area

1 majestic alley of oaks that will take your breath away

6 firable cannons that are fired on the 1st Saturday of each month

6 miles of trails for walking, biking and exploring

80 acres of park gardens

664 acres of beautiful lowcountry scenery for you to enjoy

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

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School Groups

Walk in the footsteps of the original colonists on a tour of Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. Learn how English colonists, Barbadians, Enslaved Africans, and Native Americans all had a role in "Creating Carolina."

Experiences Available

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site is pleased to announce school group opportunities for the upcoming year.

Charles Towne Landing is a great place to bring your class for a field trip. As the first settlement site of South Carolina, Charles Towne Landing allows students to experience first-hand the origins of their state. Outdoor exhibits, programs, and self-guided packages give your class a variety of experiences to choose from to make your visit to the “Birthplace of Carolina” a great educational experience.

We will begin scheduling reservations on the first Monday in August of each school year.
 

DISCOVER CAROLINA

For 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 8th grade field trips, we have standards-based program opportunities called Discover Carolina programs.  These programs are offered September - December on Wednesdays and Thursdays and March-May on Wednesdays only.

Survival Through Success (Grades 3 and 4)

This program is concerned with activities of the colonists of South Carolina's first permanent European settlement; the focus will be on financial survival by means of trade with the American Indians and other English colonies, especially Barbados, and daily life in a 17th-century colony.

Length of time: 4 hours (1.5 ranger-led walking tour and 1.5 hour interactive program)

Standards: 3-2, 3-2.1, 3-2.3, 3-2.5, and 3-2.6

Program price: 1-25 students $125; 26-40 students $200; 41-60 students $300. 1 free teacher/chaperone per 10 students; each additional adult $7.50.

Founding A Colony (Grades 7 and 8)

Students will study aspects of daily life as a colonist in Charles Towne during the city's early history and the social and legal standards of the day.  Students will participate in a mock Grand Council meeting, where cases involving colonists will be tried.

Length of time: 3.5 hours (1.5 hours interactive program and 1 hour self-guided walk)

Standards: 8-1.3 and 8-1.5

Program price: 1-25 students $125; 26-40 students $200; 41-60 students $300. 1 free teacher/chaperone per 10 students; each additional adult $7.50.


GUIDED SCHOOL TOURS

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site offers history-based tours for Grades 3-12 and nature-based tours for Grades K-5. Descriptions of the tours are located below. History-based programs are covered in the “Exploring the Colonial Past” section and nature-based programs may be found in the “Animal Forest Encounters” section.

Exploring the Colonial Past

Choose from one of three grade-appropriate programs described below. Each tour focuses on a specific theme, but also provides essential background information, placing the founding and growth of Charles Towne and the Carolina colony in greater historical context.

These ranger-guided programs may be scheduled on Friday mornings in the fall and Thursday and Friday mornings in the spring. Program times: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Designed to engage students through interactive experiences, these programs can accommodate one class, with a maximum of 30 students per tour and 60 students per day. Groups with more than 30 students will be split in two, with one tour leaving at 9:30 a.m. and the other at 11:00 a.m.

Settling the Southern Frontier (Grades 3-5)

Imagine moving to a strange, new place and having to start from scratch – no house is waiting for you; there are no grocery stores, restaurants, or malls. This is what the English colonists experienced when they arrived in Carolina in 1670, and they definitely had their work cut out for them. Join a park educator on a 45-minute guided walk whose theme is creating a colony, with emphasis on the unique cultures that helped shape the Carolina colony. This tour includes stops at the Palisade Wall, the Stocks & Pillory, the Common House, and the Adventure.

Applicable curriculum standards: 3-2.2, 3-2.3, & 3-2.4 / 4-2.1 & 4-2.4

Program price: $8/student; 1 free teacher/chaperone per 10 students; each additional adult: $7.50.

A Harvest of Opportunity (Grades 6-8)

The prospect of a better life and the potential to grow wealthy lured many colonists to Carolina. In pursuit of prosperity, they converted natural resources into profit through trade and experimented with agriculture in search of a viable cash crop. Join a park educator on a 45-minute guided walk that revolves around the economic themes of trade and mercantilism. This tour includes stops at the Cassique Statue, the Palisade Wall, the Crop Garden, and the Adventure.

Applicable curriculum standards: 6.6-1 & 6-6.4 / 7-1.1, 7-1.3, & 7-1.4 / 8-1.2, 8-1.3, & 8-1.5

Program price: $8/student; 1 free teacher/chaperone per 10 students; each additional adult: $7.50.

On the Edge of an Empire (Grades 9-12)

The early Carolina colonists faced many threats, from both foreign and domestic sources. Join a park educator for a 45-minute guided walk to find out whom the colonists feared, and why. The primary theme of this program is competition for empire, focusing specifically on the imperial rivalry between England and Spain, and how it influenced early Carolina’s development. This tour includes stops at the Palisade Wall, the Stocks & Pillory, the Cannon Platforms, and the Adventure.

Applicable curriculum standards: MWH-4.2 & MWH-4.6

Program price: $8/student; 1 free teacher/chaperone per 10 students; each additional adult: $7.50.


Animal Forest Encounters

Choose from one of two grade-appropriate programs described below. These zookeeper-guided programs are only offered on Wednesday mornings. Program times: 10:00 a.m. and 11 a.m. Designed to engage students through interactive experiences, these programs can accommodate one class, with a maximum of 30 students per tour and 60 students per day. Groups with more than 30 students will be split in two, with one tour leaving at 10:00 a.m. and the other at 11:00 a.m.


Who’s Who in the Zoo (Grades K-2)

Survival is the name of the game for animals, and is also the theme of this tour! Join our zookeepers to learn about the differences and similarities of what animals need in the wild and in captivity. Discover how changes affect them and identify the ways in which zookeepers care for captive animals. Students will visit three habitats during their experience.

Program price: $8/student; 1 free teacher/chaperone per 10 students; each additional adult: $7.50.

Applicable curriculum standards: K-2.4, K-2.5, & K-5.1 / 1-2.1, 1-2.3, & 1-2.6 / 2-2.1, 2-2.2, & 2-2.4


Project Habitat (Grades 3-5)

An animal’s most basic needs are food, water, shelter, cover and space. If a habitat doesn’t provide for these needs, the animals must adapt, leave or die. The themes of this program are habitat and animal adaptations. Join our zookeepers to explore how different animals have adapted to their specific environments. Discover how humans have impacted wild animal populations and see how zookeepers provide for these species in captivity. Students will visit three habitats during their experience.

Program price: $8/student; 1 free teacher/chaperone per 10 students; each additional adult: $7.50.

Applicable curriculum standards: 3-2.2, 3-2.3, & 3-2.4 / 4-2.2, 4-2.3, & 4-2.5 / 5-2.2, 5-2.3, & 5-2.5


SELF-GUIDED PACKAGES

Self-guided experiences give students more insight to the resources of the park than just the outdoor exhibits alone.

History Time!

Younger students have the opportunity to experience the History Trail with directed activities through the History Time Activity Book. Activities help students learn more about the early inhabitants of this site, from pre-historic Native Americans to the English settlers. Students will be challenged to find answers in signs, outdoor exhibits and the activity book, as well as discuss their thoughts with their group. As they fill in answers and color historic scenes, they create their own souvenir of their trip to Charles Towne Landing, the birthplace of Carolina. History Time! is recommended for grades 3-8.

$7.50/person. Price includes admission to the park.

Animal Time!

Younger students have the opportunity to experience the Animal Forest with directed activities through the Animal Forest Activity Book. Activities help students learn more about the animals that they are seeing, engage them along the trail, and help them create their own souvenir of their trip to Charles Towne Landing’s Animal Forest. Animal Time! is recommended for grades K-5.

$7.50/person. Price includes admission to the park.

For more information, please contact our park office at (843) 852-4200. We’ll be glad to help you with your self-guided school group planning needs. To make your reservation go smoothly, please have your school’s mailing address, phone number, and number of students and adults that will be on the trip