Educational Programs For Children in 4K to Fifth Grade
Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve offers educational programs that are aligned with the South Carolina Science and Social Science Academic Standards for children in 4K up to 5th Grade.
A dynamic and professionally written curriculum has been created specifically for Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve. This curriculum includes activities and instructional guidelines to be used prior to fieldtrips in the garden, as well as follow-up activities to be used in the classroom after the visit to the garden.
In addition, trained education guides accompany groups as they explore the garden to integrate the many fun activities specifically designed for each age group.
In order to make school-related field trips safer and more structured, the following guidelines and safety procedures have been implemented.
- Schools are required to make a reservation and schedule an education guide at least three (3) weeks prior to the arrival date.
School groups will no longer be permitted to tour
the garden without a reservation and a scheduled
- The maximum number of students per field trip is 80 and the minimum is 10.
- There will be a $3.00 fee per student. There will be no charge for adult chaperones or teachers.
- The curriculum will be mailed / emailed to the teacher when the reservation is confirmed.
- In the event of inclement weather, teachers must contact the Hatcher Garden office to reschedule the visit.
What are the South Carolina Science Academic Standards?
Beginning in 2004, the term for the state-approved expectations for student learning and academic performance in South Carolina was changed from curriculum standards to academic standards. This document does not provide a curriculum, a sequence for instruction, nor dictate instructional strategies, approaches and practices but provides a series of expectations for children's learning at different grade levels. For example, children at K-4 are expected to demonstrate an understanding of seasonal weather changes and how it affects plants. To read more about this document, click here.
It is our sincere desire that students will not only learn from Hatcher Garden, but also come to appreciate the beauty of nature and all that it has to offer!
To schedule your reservation, please e-mail
or call the Hatcher Garden office, 864-574-7724.
We look forward to partnering with you as we continue to develop and expand the learning opportunities at Hatcher Garden.
Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve is also available on Facebook.
Thanks to Master Gardener Mary Snoddy for helping us coordinate the Gardening Classes at Hatcher Gardens.