Teachers on the Estuary: Explore the ACE Basin


Every summer South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) offers a workshop for teachers using South Carolina estuaries as the classroom.

This year, July 12-14, 2022, teachers are encouraged to join SCDNR as they explore salt marsh dynamics with marine researchers to collect and analyze data.

According to DNR officials, teachers will be able to bring home standards-based, STEM classroom lessons to teach to their students in the upcoming school year.

Each day participants will explore a different aspect of the estuary. Part of the day will be spent in the marsh or on a boat with biologists and science educators learning how to monitor the estuary and analyze the data. The rest of the day will be spent using lesson plans and educational resources to plan how to translate that research to students. Coastal environmental issues will be investigated, along with ways to promote solutions in classrooms and schools.

Workshops are open to elementary, middle and high school teachers, pre-service teachers, and non-formal educators.

Teachers are asked to share this information with any teachers that might be interested in the program.


Attendance at 3-day workshop, pre and post webinars

Must be able to tolerate physical activity outdoors (summer temps, insects)

Upon completion of the workshop, teachers must develop a lesson plan to share with all participants.

Workshop details:

This workshop is free!

Lodging will be provided in the shared bunk house at our field station

Meals and snack will be provided each day

Open to middle and high school teachers, pre-service teachers, and non-formal educators

Continuing Education credits available

From Seeds to Shoreline is another program for teachers.

From Seeds to Shoreline® (S2S) is South Carolina’s only salt marsh restoration program designed for K–12 students and teachers. This year-long program engages participating schools with cultivating and transplanting Spartina alterniflora (smooth cord grass) to designated areas along the state’s coastline.

SCDNR partners with South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium and Clemson University Cooperative Extension to serve K-12 students and teachers from across the state.


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