Discover Nature Program Sesquicentennial State Park

Sesquicentennial State Park, a 1,400-acre green space in northeast Columbia was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s and is located in the unique and fragile Sandhills region of the state.  Utilizing the park’s forest ecosystem coupled with its  location in an urban area, Discover Carolina programs encourage students to explore and investigate while taking part in engaging hands-on activities.  

Contact Details

Stacey Jensen, Interpretive Ranger
(803) 788-8332

Field Trips

Naturally Sense-sational - Kindergarten 

Online Field Trips START HERE: Materials List and Instructions & Supplies Video

Plantastic - 2nd/4th grade

Online Field Trips START HERE: Introductory Video and Vocabulary WorksheetVocabulary Answer Key

Insectigations - 1st/2nd/3rd grade

Online Field Trips START HERE:  Video materials list 


Online field trips are no charge.  On-site field trips are:

  • 1-25 students $40
  • 26-40 students $80
  • 41-60 students $120

How to Book

Email Stacey Jensen, Sesquicentennial's Interpretive Ranger (preferred) or call.

Reservations can be made starting August 1 for Sesquicentennial State Park for the upcoming school year.  We ask that reservations be made at least three weeks in advance.  If sending an email, please provide the following information: teacher's name, contact phone number, school address, number of students, students' grade level, title of program, dates and time desired for field study and two alternative dates.


We prefer no more than one chaperone per eight students.  Exception: Additional chaperones are accepted for Insectigations.

Sesquicentennial State Park’s chaperone agreement letters:

Directions to Field Trip Location

Enter the park from Two Notch Rd. (US 1).  Stop at the Welcome Station.  Provide welcome station attendant with your school name to enter.  Follow the main road approx. 1 mile to the bottom of the hill.  You will see a large parking lot on your right just past the splash pad.  Pull directly into the parking lot and go to the far end.   The Interpretive Ranger will be standing at the farthest end of the parking lot near the A.D.A. parking stalls to greet you.  Students may unload the bus prior to the bus parking.  The Interpretive Ranger will direct the bus driver where to park.  Please introduce yourself to the Interpretive Ranger!

Facilities Available

The following facilities are available:  restrooms, two playgrounds, a picnic area including covered picnic shelters with grills, outdoor classroom, 30-acre lake, half-mile nature trail and two-mile hiking trail.  

The park also offers camping, fishing, hiking, biking, boat rentals, seasonal splash pad, sand volleyball and a softball field.  

Drink machines (Pepsi, Gatorade, water, etc.) are available, as well as a water fountain.  Our gift shop sells unique souvenirs and ice cream!

What to Wear

Dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes.  Name tags are optional.


Bring insect repellent, sunscreen and a first-aid kit.