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Coastal Heritage Curriculum Connection

Explore Curriculum Connection guides, which are written to accompany each issue of Coastal Heritage, a quarterly publication of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.

Coastal Heritage, Summer/Fall 2017 issue: Love for Natural Places: How It Shapes Our Coast and Affects Us All

Focus Questions

  • Describe how the use of land has changed over time, beginning with the pre-European days through the present.
  • How much land is currently protected either through public or private ownership? What is an example of a publicly owned and protected area of land? What about private?
  • When did the conservation movement start to shift from an upper-class effort to include the middle class? What contributed to this shift?
  • What evidence is given that nature is good for your health?

Use the Curriculum Connection to address these South Carolina Science Standards and Performance Indicators

1.E.4B.2 Obtain and communicate information to explain ways natural resources can be conserved (such as reducing trash through reuse, recycling, or replanting trees).

3.E.4A.3 Obtain and communicate information to exemplify how humans obtain, use, and protect renewable and nonrenewable Earth resources.

3.E.4B.3 Obtain and communicate information to explain how natural events (such as fires, landslides, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or floods) and human activities (such as farming, mining, or building) impact the environment.

3.E.4B.4 Define problems caused by a natural event or human activity and design devices or solutions to reduce the impact on the environment.

Construct scientific arguments to support claims that human activities (such as conservation efforts or pollution) affect the land and oceans of Earth.

H.B.6D.1 Design solutions to reduce the impact of human activity on the biodiversity of an ecosystem.

H.E.6A.4 Analyze and interpret data of a local drainage basin to predict how changes caused by human activity and other factors influence the hydrology of the basin and amount of water available for use in the ecosystem.

Lesson Links and Educational Resources

Discover Carolina Curriculum

The South Carolina State Park curriculum, Discover Carolina , provides both historical and ecological pre- and post-site activities and instructions for the following state parks: Table Rock, Hunting Island, Huntington Beach, Sesquicentennial, Paris Mountain, Lee, Wilderness Bridge, and Myrtle Beach.  Plan a trip to one of these incredible state parks and use these engaging lessons to make your student’s (and your) visit memorable! (K – 12)

Estuaries 101 Curriculum

South Carolina is home to two National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) – the ACE (Ashepoo-Combahee-Edisto) Basin NERR located in parts of Charleston, Colleton, and Beaufort counties and the North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR in Georgetown County. Each NERR encompasses thousands of unspoiled salt marsh and estuarine habitats and offers opportunities for recreation and exploration. Access lessons about all of the NERRs nationwide through the free Estuaries 101 Curriculum . (K-12)

Field Trip Opportunities

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission has numerous locations around the county in which to explore our coastal habitats and engage in recreational activities. If you are interested in giving your students both cultural and nature-based experiences, consider coming to Caw Caw Interpretive Center where you can explore the ecological and cultural treasures of this former rice plantation. Interpretive and classroom programs are available, as well as self-directed walks on the numerous trails across the property. (K-12)

Hobcaw Barony

Hobcaw Barony is now owned by the Belle W. Baruch Foundation and encompasses 16,000 pristine acres of coastal habitat that is dedicated to research and education. The Baruch Family (highlighted in the current issue of Coastal Heritage) was instrumental in conserving this area of Georgetown for future generations. The Discovery Center at Hobcaw provides numerous opportunities for educators and their students to learn about the coastal and cultural treasures of the property. (K-12)

Huntington Beach State Park and Brookgreen Gardens

Archer and Anna Huntington provided the land to Murrells Inlet that would later become Huntington Beach State Park and Brookgreen Gardens. Located just a few miles apart, both properties are examples of land that was privately owned but later turned into opportunities for exploring and learning about nature, recreational activities, and conservation purposes. Check out available programs, trails, and educational opportunities at Huntington Beach State Park and Brookgreen Gardens . (K-12)