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Junior Naturalist Program

Junior Naturalist Program at Kiawah Island Resort

The Jr. Naturalist program is a fun, hands-on approach to exploring nature. Each individual class can be taken on its own. If you take all five classes participants can become an official Kiawah Island Nature Program Jr. Naturalist, and receive a free Rite in the Rain Notebook and Nature Program Sticker! Each session will target a different area of nature, and give each child a better appreciation of our native species. All five classes are available throughout the week in the Summer and Spring, and by request in the Fall and Winter.


  • $25 per session
  • Marsh Ecology $40
  • Children must be 7 – 12 years old
  • 24-hour cancellation policy applies
  • Each session is approximately 1 1/2 hours long
  • Parents must be present to sign kids in and out, before and after the trip
Animal Care

Junior Naturalist: Animal Care

If you've ever wanted to get behind the scenes of the Heron Park Nature Center and meet our resident animals face to face, this tour is for you! Learn what these animals need to survive in the wild and how our naturalists meet their needs here at the nature center. We'll prepare and offer their food and make sure they have a healthy living environment. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty.

What's That Water?

NEW! Junior Naturalist: What's That Water?

About 70% of the Earth's surface is covered in water. Of that 70%, 96.5% is made up of ocean water. That's a lot of salty water! In this class, you will collect water samples from three locations and test the water for temperature, salinity, pH, dissolved oxygen and other various tests. You will also meet some of and learn about the organisms that live in the waters of the earth. Naturalists will discuss with you the answers to those puzzling questions pertaining to our most important resource on the planet...WATER!

Pond Discoveries

NEW! Junior Naturalist: Pond Discoveries

Alligators aren't the only thing living in our ponds. Sometimes the coolest stuff is what cannot be seen at first glance. There is a whole new world in our ponds that rarely gets seen, and this is your chance to get a close-up view. Naturalists will lead the kids to a pond where they will take their very own water sample, create a slide, and see what creatures can be seen under our microscope!

Going Native

NEW! Junior Naturalist: Going Native

Step back in time and experience life on Kiawah Island as the Native Americans once did. Use your senses to observe nature and learn the importance of using every part of the environment. In this class, you will discover the local environment using techniques of the Native Americans while learning their traditions and cultures. Naturalists will guide you on an island hike then conclude with a project using natural materials.

Marsh Ecology

Junior Naturalist: Marsh Ecology

The salt marsh behind the island is packed with wildlife rarely seen and waiting to be discovered. We will meet at Mingo Point Outpost where we will head to our dock and get some hands-on experience with fascinating, strange animals that inhabit the salt marsh. Next we will board our motorboat and head out for some on-the-water exploration. From sea squirts, to sponges, and even some oysters, these creatures are sure to keep everyone wanting to see more. And no trip to the marsh is complete without checking our very own crab pots.


Teen Outdoor Adventures

Participants 13 - 17 years old. Adults must be present to sign kids in and out, before and after the trip. All Nature Tours have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Call the Nature Center for a complete schedule and to make your reservation: 843.768.6001

Get Lost

Teen Adventure: Get Lost!

Test your navigation skills and embark on a scavenger hunt on Kiawah Island by bicycle using only a compass and a map. Learn the techniques of reading a map to find your way to secret island locations. Naturalists will accompany you while you explore the island finding the various checkpoints. Does NOT include bike rental, ages 13-17 only.

teen vs. wild

Teen Adventure: Teen vs. Wild

Would you be able to survive on Kiawah Island without today's technologies? During this adventure, learn the skills needed to survive on a barrier island. Naturalists will guide you through a hike to help you discover food and water then show you how to identify venomous snakes using live snakes and what to do to avoid them. Finally, you will be able to make fire and rope using materials from the natural environment. Ages 13-17 only.


Teen Kayaking

Time for the kids to get out and have an adventure of their own. After some quick tips, it’s time to jump in your own boat and have some fun on the water. From races in the river to some fun in the mud, you’re sure to make some new friends while on this trip! This trip is done in single kayaks. $55/person. $50 for KIGR guests and KICA members. Tour time is dependent on the tide, call for schedule, 843.768.6001
Only available in the Summer.