SC State Parks launch virtual State House tours and interactive park missions for students and families

October 13, 2021

Columbia, S.C. – Teachers and parents looking for virtual learning adventures can take advantage of two new offerings from South Carolina State Parks – live virtual State House tours and Agents of Discovery gaming missions in select parks.

“Educational opportunities have always been an important part of the stewardship of South Carolina State Parks,” said Duane Parrish, director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. “Live, virtual State House tours will open doors for teachers across South Carolina to connect state curriculum with an expert-led guide and one-of-a-kind tour, without ever leaving the classroom. Our Agents of Discovery missions in select parks will help visitors engage with nature and history in a modern, fun way that kids really connect with.”

Educators can schedule a live, 30-minute virtual tour of the State House to learn about the architecture, history and state government activities that take place there. Depending on what’s happening in the State House that day, most tours give participants a look at where the executive and legislative branches operate and allow time for questions, creating an interactive and accessible experience for students. Teachers can learn more and find tour reservation information here.

Five state parks are leveraging the power and effectiveness of learning in the great outdoors through the Agents of Discovery program. This free gaming app launches visitors into a park-based secret mission with interactive challenges. Missions include:

  • Meeting the wildlife that roamed when the first settlers arrived in 1670 at Charles Towne Landing
  • Becoming a nature detective (or as we like to call them, a naturalist) at Paris Mountain State Park
  • Learning about the importance of forest and lake habitats, and how they work together, at Sesquicentennial State Park
  • Building a fire, going fishing and learning about the history of Lake Greenwood State Park
  • Stepping back in time to learn about how and where Andrew Jackson grew up at Andrew Jackson State Park

Signs are posted at the parks listed above to download the Agents of Discovery adventure app and get started on the interactive missions.

South Carolina’s state parks give visitors of all ages a chance to learn something new every time they “come out and play” at a park or historic site. Discover more at SouthCarolinaParks.com and by following South Carolina State Parks on social media.

For more information, contact Sam Queen at sam@scprt.com or 803-767-3568. 

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