Horry County School students experience nature on a field trip to the Playcard Environmental and Education Center.

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Braxton Winn wades through the swamp collecting crayfish. Grade four students from Loris Elementary School take part in one of the last field trips of the school year to the Playcard Environmental and Education Center where they learn about nature, do team-building exercises and have fun playing the outside. May 24, 2022.

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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. »

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William Steele, a volunteer environmentalist, instructs students before taking them kayaking in Playcard Swamp. Grade four students from Loris Elementary School take part in one of the last field trips of the school year to the Playcard Environmental and Education Center where they learn about nature, do team-building exercises and have fun playing the outside. May 24, 2022. JASON LEE [email protected]

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.

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Jason Lee is a photojournalist for The Sun News who strives to show his viewers things they might not see or notice for themselves. Originally from County Horry, Lee worked for years as an international photojournalist before returning home in 2014. Over his 20-year career, his work has been featured in hundreds of publications around the world.

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