The Young Naturalist afterschool program focuses on environmental stewardship, teaching 4th – 7th grade students to be responsible caretakers for our island. Monthly field trips connect Young Naturalists with the land through hands-on, experiential activities like mock sea turtle nest inventories, nature photography and more. Students become grounded in a sense of place and will practice care and responsibility for the environment throughout their lives.

Over 75 Jane Edwards Elementary School, Lowcountry Leadership Charter School and homeschooled students have participated since the start of the program in 2015. Guided by volunteers, Young Naturalists visit a new private or public property each month, learning about different habitats, animals, plants and environmental issues that relate to Edisto Island. Volunteers are instrumental to the success of this program, as they share their expertise as Master Naturalists, retired educators and ecotour guides.

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