• Playcard Environmental Education Center

  • Please note that Playcard now has options for field trips including online and traditional face-to-face field experiences.   

    SwampFest will be hosted on Saturday, November 4th 2023 10:00am - 3:00pm Admission FREE public invited. 

    Baby Animal Day will be hosted on Friday, April 12, 2024 (Pre-k - 1st grade admission $3 per child).

    Register your class for face to face field trips by visiting our online registration calendar, logging in, and picking either an open day field trip (star), or campout (tipi).  Log in to the system similarly to logging into the portal. 

    Cost of a face to face day trip is $3 per student no charge chaperones.  Overnight camps are $15 per person.

    All you have to do to register for a free virtual field trip is to email babercrombie@horrycountyschools.net noting the date, time (one hour slot), and send us a working Google Meet or Zoom link and we will host the trip for you.  We are here to serve you.  Thank you for visiting in person and online.  (Subject to staff availability.)


    Digital Outreach Programs: Playcard offers Google Meets, Zoom Classes, Google Classroom, Forever Wild! Videos, and various other digital outreach programs for the fall semester of 2023 into spring 2024. 
    Please see our virtual online environmental education opportunities for more information.  These opportunities will address science standards and will concentrate on local species identification and exploration, adaptations, outdoor skills, astronomy, and environmental themes.  We typically schedule twenty-five minute to one-hour digital outreach programs for up to entire grade levels school-wide and can host groups as small as individual classes.  Please allow 1.5 hours for full program delivery.    

    SwampFest: Swampfest is planned for Saturday, November 4th 10:00am - 3:00pm.  Admission is FREE public invited.

    Baby Animal Day: Friday, April 12, 2024.  Open enrollment to pre-k, k, and 1st graders.  Admission is $3 per child no charge for chaperones.  Enrollment is now open.  Enroll today!

    In-person events: We are hosting free periodic public outreach days on special events topics such as pollinators, mushrooms, astronomy, birding, fishing, primitive survival, and other useful outdoor skills.  Please see our special event section for details.

    The price for on-site day trips is $3 per student, with no charge for chaperones.

    Price for overnight camp is $15 per person, extra fees applicable for extra services and food costs. 

    Arrival for day trips is after 9 am.

    Please use the updated Use of Facility Form to process payments.

    Playcard is committed to fostering knowledge of the relatedness of plants, animals, soil, water, and human beings through teaching the natural sciences in the special world of a blackwater swamp. Although primarily focused on Horry County, it can provide a model for environmental education centers across the Southeast.

    At Playcard Environmental Education Center our goal is to instruct students in the natural sciences on-site, enabling them to experience first-hand the inter-relationships of living things. Teachers receive training which enhances their effectiveness in the classroom by increasing their knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching. The Center also provides a site for observation and study by various scientific disciplines.

    In addition to natural science programs, the Education Center provides experiential leadership challenge course opportunities. Playcard facilitates day field trips, overnight camp-outs, special events, and teacher staff development.

    Internship opportunities are available through a partnership between Horry County Schools, Coastal Carolina University, and the Horry County Conservation Foundation.


    Swampfest 2023

    10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Free and open to the public!



Ben Abercrombie 
10729 Highway 19 West, Loris, SC
Email: babercrombie@horrycountyschools.net
Phone: 843.756.1277

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