Field Trips

Our curriculum based field trips are led by our University Degreed and Master Naturalist guides. Get out of the classroom and come discover all of the beauty the swamp has to offer!

Field trips to The Locks in Monck’s Corner are also available during the month of October. See the Locks page for more details.

Have more than 30 in your group? Enjoy our Combination Field Trips that include hiking, reptile programs or kayaking!

Forest, Swamp and Ecology Discovery Field Trips

At Santee State Park

“The Osprey” Pontoon Boat Field Trip

Ride the “Osprey” Fisheagle Pontoon boat out into the swamp and learn all about the cultural and natural history, native and non-native plants. Take your kids on a field trip they will never forget where wildlife abounds! $20 each for Students and Scouts, Adults $23 each, Teachers free.

Swamp Ecology Hike and Reptile Program

Includes a hike into the edges of the forest or swamp (your choice!) In the swamp 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 non-venomous snakes and turtles for a hands-on experience to learn how these reptiles adapt to a swamp habitat.

Fees: $8 each if booked as a stand-alone program. $3 each if booked in conjunction with the pontoon boat tour. Teachers are free. Ages 4 and up are welcome on this trip. Every adult will need to pay Santee State Park a $2 entrance fee.

Swamp Ecology Kayak and Canoe Program

On this field trip we’ll slip into the swamp in kayaks and canoes and discover the quiet, upper reaches of Poplar Creek. Students will discover bald cypress trees and water tupelo trees in a beautiful flooded forest, and will learn about the neo-tropical and Eastern shore birds, reptiles and overall ecology of the swamp. These trips are led by University degreed/Master Naturalist guides and certified kayak trip leaders and instructors.

Fees: 1 Hour – $18 each; 2 Hour – $22 each; 3 Hour – $30 each
Groups of 20 or more receive a $3 discount per person. Book a pontoon field trip and kayak tours are only $10 each for a 1 hour program! Every adult will need to pay Santee State Park a $2 entrance fee.

Reservations are required.  For availability, give us a call at 803-974-1262.