Hilton Head Island's Sensational Summer Camps

Coastal Discovery Museum campers catch phytoplankton. Image courtesy CDM

Coastal Discovery Museum offers hands-on adventure & exploration of the Lowcountry

From majestic birds and mammals to playful dolphins and scampering crustaceans, Hilton Head Island and the surrounding Lowcountry abound with an amazing assortment of awe-inspiring creatures, large and small. Some are more easily visible or readily encountered amidst the area’s park-like setting, while others maintain a low profile within their lush landscape.


Thanks to the Coastal Discovery Museum at Historic Honey Horn, and its staff of knowledgeable naturalists and expert guides, nature lovers of all ages can meet and learn about a broad range of fascinating animals, as well as plants, that make Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry their home.


The museum offers a variety of interesting programs year round, but its summer camp programs are particularly popular and offer young people a wonderful opportunity to have great fun, while also learning and exploring South Carolina’s unique Lowcountry.


According to Amy Tressler, Curator of Education for the museum, “Barrier Island Discoveries Camps encourage children to get outdoors and explore the surrounding environment. During these camps, children will have the opportunity to take an up-close look and hands-on approach to learning about plants and animals living in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. We encourage participating campers to explore and experience in order to build a lasting sense of enthusiasm and interest in Lowcountry wildlife.”


Some of the museum’s programs take place directly on its enchanting 68-acre property, which is resplendent with spectacular centuries-old hardwoods and surrounded by a salt marsh and maritime forest, while others take participants to nearby beaches, which are rich with myriad natural ‘treasures.’ The camps, well suited for children ages 7-11, also include many fun activities and take-home projects.


Upcoming Barrier Island Discoveries Camps Themes

“Fur & Feathers: Mammals & Birds of the Lowcountry”
June 29-July 1 (Wed-Fri), 10am – 3pm
Location: Coastal Discovery Museum



Campers will have the opportunity to learn about the amazing adaptations of Lowcountry birds and mammals through hands-on explorations and crafts. Participants will also learn what owls have been eating, create mammal tracks and learn how to identify common backyard animals.
Price: $160 for museum members; $175 non-members

“Fishing, Crabbing & Ocean Adventures”
July 6 (Wed); 10am – 3pm; Location: Coastal Discovery Museum
July 7 (Thu); 8am – 1pm; Location: Mitchelville Beach Park
July 8 (Fri); 8am – 1pm; Location: Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks (lunch included)



This camp emphasizes marine organisms and participants will get an up-close view of mollusks, crustaceans and marine mammals as they explore the beach, board the “Tammy Jane” shrimp trawler and enjoy crabbing and fishing off the docks at Honey Horn. Campers will also create a take-home shell collection and create a fish-print T-shirt.
Price: $210 for museum members; $225 non-members


Coastal Discovery Museum programs tend to fill up quickly and advance reservations are recommended. To reserve your space for one of the camps featured here, or additional camps offered this summer, please email or call Amy Tressler: atressler@coastaldiscovery.org or 843.689.3033 x228.


You can learn more about the Coastal Discovery Museum and its many other fine programs online: coastaldiscovery.org. To learn more about other programs offered on Hilton Head Island or in the Lowcountry, please visit hiltonheadisland.org.