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Our Program

Designed for grades 3-8, this mountain ecology field study program moves math and science out of the classroom and into the great outdoors. Enjoy 1-3 days of environmental education, data collection, team building and pure mountain fun! An optional zip line canopy tour and evening activities round out this unforgettable outdoor learning experience!

Core Content

Areas of Study

  • Reading the Forest
    This exploration to Buttermilk Falls allows students to explore the mountainous lands of the piedmont of SC through trees, rocks and the encompassing landscape.
  • Map and Compass
    Complete an orienteering course to collect the pieces of the puzzle! Combine your compass skills with topographical maps to maximize your ability and understanding of navigation and map reading.
  • Teamwork
    Through interactive games and activities, we team students to build trust within their team.
  • Aquatic Ecology
    Discover what makes up the water systems in the mountains, how the systems work, where streams come from and if they are healthy.
  • Stream Mapping
    Students investigate the nature of water and it’s movement.


All curriculums align with South Carolina state standards and feature hands-on, application-based learning. For add-on activities, please call for details and pricing information.

Add on Activity

Zip Line

See the forest from above while zip lining through a 10-station 1,300-foot mountain canopy tour! The canopy tour is $40/person.

"This was my first time at camp. It was awesome! Can’t wait to come back."

- Student, W.E. Parker

“The staff –very courteous, knowledgeable, available to everyone. All worked beautifully with the kids individually and collectively.”

- Teacher, W.E. Parker

“Thank you for having us here. I had a very good time. Love a lot.”

- Student, Bluffton

“Loved Aquatic Ecology, Uphill Investigation, and hike. Thank you!”

- Teacher, Pinewood Prep



Price includes environmental instruction, meals, lodging and data books.

Request Info

Exploration Hannon runs all through the year. For information, call YLI headquarters.

(864) 878-1103