Sewee Visitor & Environmental Education Center
Southeast Region

Environmental Education

Montessori Fountainhead Elementary Comes to Sewee!

Students learn orienteering skills with Educator Julie Binz. Check out the video...


  Ashley Meek's students record weather and water data at Ion Swamp. Credit: Bill Denig
  Ashley Meek's students record weather and water data at Ion Swamp. Credit: Bill Denig

Attention Educators!


Would you like your students to learn about native animals and plants and the places they inhabit such as freshwater wetlands, the salt marsh, or upland forest? If so, bring your class to the Sewee Center for an exceptional program each student will remember for a long time.

What You Need to Do

  • Review the Education Programs to determine what programs will enhance your student's studies.
  • Call at least 2 weeks in advance. Groups are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Complete the Program Information Form and mail or fax the form to us.
  • Prepare your students, using the habitat program guides.
  • Plan for lunch - there are no food services. There is a 40-person picnic shelter and, a classrooom is available if weather and bugs are uncooperative.

Educational programs are conducted by Sewee Staff Wednesday through Friday (one group per day). The maximum group size is 60 and there are no fees.

Programs are from 1 1/2 to 2 hours and incorporate the orientation video and exhibit hall. The programs, aligned with curriculum standards, offer a range of topics including threatened and endangered species, ecosystems, native plants and animals, animal tracks, invasive species, and orienteering.

Habitat Program Guides

Habitat Data Sheets will help prepare your students for their visit to the center. The sheets parallel the exhibits which represent the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and Francis Marion National Forest habitats. Please review each of the following data sheets with your students (in pdf format). Each habitat sheet has an overview, list of species, important messages, vocabulary and map. Suggestions on how to present the information include flash cards for species and vocabulary, habitat essay research assignments, and role playing ecosystem components.

Educator's Guide

The Educator's Guide (pdf format) provides an overview of facility components that support and enhance the Sewee Center education programs. The Guide includes previsit preparations, Center location, and overviews of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and Francis Marion National Forest.


You will find our post-visit evaluation on Survey Monkey. Please fill one out and tell us how we are doing!

Resources For Kids

Discover what is living in your own backyard. Check out Fish and Wildlife Service Neighborhood Explorers

What can you do to help stop Global Climate Change? Find out at Climate Change Kids.

Find out how to become a WebRanger at National Park Service for Kids.

Take a Field Trip to Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge to learn about Red Wolves on Field Trip Earth.

"Wild" activities, games and much more can be found at National Wildlife Federation for Kids.

Contact Us

Sewee Visitor & Environmental Education Center
5821 Highway 17 North
Awendaw, SC 29429
Sewee Educator
(843) 928-3368 (voice)
(843) 928-3828 (fax)

Teachers! New Education Program


A new and exciting education program is available! The Sewee Center is working with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) to provide Oyster Ecology Programs. The SCORE (South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement) program creates new oyster reefs and provides valuable information about the importance of oysters to our salt marshes. SC Biologists will come to your classroom with lots of oysters for your students to dissect. The cost to you is zero! See the attached flyer for information on how to schedule your class program.


Last updated: February 4, 2015
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