Nineteen students from Heather Lewis’ fourth grade class at Loris Elementary School had the chance to “go wild” Tuesday at the Playcard Environmental and Education Center.
Using nets, students scooped up animals at the edge of Playcard Swamp, did team-building exercises, kayaked through lily pads, and participated in what director Ben Abercrombie called ” old-fashioned country fun”.
“We want them to have fun with nature and the outdoors so they enjoy it and want to protect it,” Abercrombie said.
William Steele, a volunteer at the centre, who visited Playcard when he was around six, said: ‘A lot of kids these days are locked up on social media so they never come out and welcome. the natural beauty the planet has to offer. Many children miss it. »
Playcard’s 225-acre conservation area and education center is supported by the Horry County Conservation Foundation and hosts hundreds of school trips a year to the site and has provided additional online instruction to students at Horry County Schools (HCS ) since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Teachers can book day trips or overnight camps through the online portal on the Horry County Schools website.
Additionally, the center is open to the public during special events throughout the year such as Swampfest in November, astronomy nights, fishing days, and other events listed on their Facebook page.