Natural History Group Interpretive Programs

Planetarium
Call 843-762-8015 for more information or to book your group.

Portable Planetarium
Take a virtual trip into outer space to discover constellations, planets and other celestial bodies. The planetarium’s interactive software allows our guide to lead your group throughout our galaxy and beyond and simulate time travel. A wide variety of specific program topics are available.
  • Fee: $10 per person
Master Naturalist Sampler
Join the lead instructor of our very popular master naturalist course as he leads your group to reveal hidden worlds within diverse lowcountry habitats. We’ll watch for wildlife activity including blooming flowers, singing birds, fruiting fungi, and much more.
  • Fee: $12 per person
Caw Caw Night Hike
The world after dark is alive with opportunities to experience creatures not ordinarily out in the day. We’ll focus on the amazing adaptations of nocturnal animals and challenge our senses to experience life at night.
  • Fee: $7 per person
Nocturnal Noisemakers
Have you ever wondered about noises in the summer night? Come with us and learn some common nighttime sounds as well as the techniques that animals use to make them. We’ll listen for owls, frogs, insects and others and shine a light on some gators and spiders along the way.
  • Fee: $5 per person
  • Seasonal availability
Now Hear This
Our area is home to many species of vocal animals including frogs, insects, and birds. Together we will discuss these animals in detail as we learn to recognize the many sounds of the lowcountry.
  • Fee: $5 per person
  • Seasonal availability
Lowcountry Plants & Wildflowers
Feast your eyes and cameras on the blooms of Caw Caw’s mosaic of habitats. From orchids to oak trees, we’ll discuss the interesting lives of some common plants, including some medicinal and edible ones.
  • Fee: $5 per person
Tree Hugger
Have you ever wanted to put a name to the big woody plants growing all around us? Learn to identify some common trees of the coastal plain, find out what makes them special and how they fit into the big picture. We will finish by making leaf print t-shirts so that we never forget!
  • Fee: $10 per person
Animal Sleuthing
Animals leave clues of their presence everywhere, but it can be difficult to recognize the evidence. Learn to read animal activity through analyzing tracks, beds, runs, nests, feathers and so much more.
  • Fee: $5 per person
Oak tree
Spiders
As with many venomous groups of animals, relatively few spiders are life threatening to humans. Learn how to identify some common species and what makes them so important to the ecosystems they inhabit.
  • Fee: $5 per person
Frog
Frog Speak
Our area is host to over 20 species of frogs, and they are a quite a vocal bunch! Join us as we identify frog calls and discuss some of their interesting life cycles and habits.
  • Fee: $5 per person
  • Seasonal availability
Dragonflies
What can fly backwards, forwards and do loop-to-loops with the grace of a ballet dancer? Come join us as we explore the fascinating world of dragonflies.
  • Fee: $5 per person
  • Seasonal availability
Insects
Investigate the world of the most diverse group of animals on the planet with a multi-media presentation and insect hunt. We will capture, observe, discuss, and release as many 6-leggers with exoskeletons as we can catch.
  • Fee: $5 per person
Butterflies
If you appreciate the beauty of butterflies, then you will want to come to Caw Caw to learn about some life cycles, favorite food plants, and how to attract and identify common species.
  • Fee: $5 per person
  • Seasonal availability
Monarch Watch
Monarch butterflies are the subject of a tag and release program. Join us for an overview of the program, discussion about monarch biology, and then assist in tagging a butterfly or 2.
  • Fee: $10 per person
  • Seasonal availability.
The Life of a Beach
Beaches are in constant motion. Tides, wind, waves, and other factors change the beach scape seasonally, daily and hourly! Learn to recognize these patterns and the effect they have on myriad animals living there.
  • Fee: $5 per person
Seashells by the Seashore
Stroll along local shores and search for treasures from the ocean. Learn to identify some different types of shells and the organisms that call them home.
  • Fee: $5 per person
Seining
Do you ever go to the beach and wonder what creatures are out there in the surf, what they look like and what part they play in the food web? Help us pull a seine net in the surf and discuss what we find.
  • Fee: $10 per person
  • Seasonal availability
Caw Caw Bird Walk
Caw Caw Interpretive Center has tremendous diversity of birds because of its incredible variety of habitats. Taking a walk with an experienced birder is a great way to experience many of the song birds, waterfowl and birds of prey that call Caw Caw home or pass through on migration.
  • Fee: $5 per person
Winged Workout
Beginning birders who appreciate birds and would like to know more about them can benefit from learning time-tested tips and techniques.. Get a jump-start into the world of birding by learning to recognize many South Carolina birds while covering the basics of song identification, bird behavior, and binocular use.
  • Fee: $5 per person
Bird Trips
South Carolina is loaded with birds of all shapes, sizes, colors, and life histories. Plan a field trip to prime birding locations throughout our region with our birding specialists for a full or half day. Adult groups only. Must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance of program date.
  • Fee varies. Call for details.
Park fees, operating schedules, and hours are subject to change without notice.