School Field Trips

The Greenway offers a variety of hands-on, interactive learning programs specifically designed to meet Common Core and subject-specific standards at grade level. Programs can be tailored to meet teachers’ curricula and classroom instruction.

For more information on the educational opportunities listed below, to discuss planning your own program or to schedule a school trip, please contact Kelly Murphy, M.Ed., Outdoor Education Manager at [email protected] or 803-547-1083.

Field Trips:

Early Explorers

Students will literally become close to nature during a sensory hike and hands-on activities. This two-hour program showcases the five senses, organisms and their environment, and how it is all connected in nature.  This is a fun introduction to the great outdoors for younger students.

Life Cycles

Students will develop an understanding of the life cycle through various hands-on interactions along the Greenway.  This two-hour program examines the life cycle of insects, plants and macroinvertebrates through the choice of a stream study, guided hike or rotting log activity.

Weather Watchers

This two-hour program provides hands-on, interactive activities that will deepen students’ understanding of daily and seasonal weather conditions.  Students will use appropriate tools to measure weather conditions and experiment with wind.  Cloud types and precipitation will also be covered.

Webb’s Grist Mill Tour

Visit the site of the original gristmill for which Fort Mill was named.  This two-hour program includes a guided hike to the site of the milldam, a working 12-foot water wheel and an interactive history lesson that will transport your students back in time.  Use the authentic millstone to reinforce the mathematical concepts of radius, diameter, area and circumference.

History in a Backpack

In this four-hour program, students will explore the history of South Carolina and the Fort Mill area through interactive and high-interest narratives and activities along the historical Nations Ford Road.  A minimum of eight chaperones is required to facilitate this information-packed adventure.

“See the Forest…and the Trees”

A variety of curriculum-based activities will have classes exploring different ecosystems along the Greenway in this four-hour, hands-on investigative program.  Students will focus on either forests, fields, ponds or lichen in order to become one with their inner-ecologist.

Fall Frolic (PreK-2nd)        

Students are in for an A-maize-ing  time at the Greenway’s Fall Frolic.  This 90-minute program will have students navigating a corn maze, frolicking through a hay bale maze, learning about corn and its various uses, touring our pumpkin patch via tractor ride and exploring the Nature Center.

Self-Guided Opportunities (All Grades)

Lake Haigler Self-Guided Trail

This adventure takes classes on a one-mile loop around Lake Haigler.  Starting at Rush Pavilion, students will encounter a variety of plants and wildlife while walking the trail and exploring their natural surroundings.

Historic Graham and Faires-Coltharp Cabins

Classes will be transported to a much simpler time through observation and inspection of these historic homesteads.  Period tools and equipment become discussion starters for inquisitive students.

Outreach Kits

  • Curious About Clouds
  • A Day in the Life of a Water Droplet
  • Radical Reptiles  
  • Oustanding Owls
  • Squirmy Wormies
  • Migratory Adventure
  • Tracks and Traces
  • Terrific Turkey