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Lee State Park
487 Loop Rd
Bishopville, SC 29010
803.428.4988

Your students out in nature, completing hands-on activities based on academic standards! Learning and having fun at the same time - what could be better?   That’s what you can have if you bring your students to Lee State Park. 

Lee State Park is conveniently located one mile north of I-20 exit 123. Situated in South Carolina’s upper coastal plain, the park is host to diverse habitats like the State Scenic Lynches River which flows along the park’s western boundary, extensive bottomland hardwood forests, a sandhills region, and an upland forest.  For more information about the park’s amenities, visit the main park site: Lee State Park.

All field studies have been tested and approved by a nationally-certified South Carolina teacher. Field study activities will be led by a Park Ranger.  Bring your students to Lee to experience the park and participate in a Discover Carolina field study!

Take an online tour of the park here.

View the introductory park video here

Both the online tour and video are great ways to get your students acquainted with Lee before your visit.

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Park Interpreter Led Programs:
Aquatic Animal Adaptations
  • Program Activities  (call Park's Education Center for a copy)
     
  • Through hands-on activities at Lee State Park, students will learn about behavioral and anatomical adaptations that ponds animals have to survive in their freshwater habitat. While at the pond, we will visit the source of the pond’s water, two man-made artesian wells and also collect and identify aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates out of the water. We will transport these animals to the indoor lab to examine the animals underneath a video-microscope and learn about the behavioral and anatomical adaptations these animals have that help them survive in a freshwater pond..

    Grade Level: 3
    Length of Time: 1.5 hours
    Maximum Number of Students: 30
    Standards: 3-1.8, 3-2.1 and 3-2.2 (animal portion)
    Setting: special resources park

    Quizzical about Water Quality
  • Program Activities
     
  • The presence or absence of macroinvertebrates is an indication of pollution's long term effects on water quality. Students will participate in a program designed to teach them how to determine water quality by sampling the park's macroinvertebrate population.  They will use scientific methods and quantitative measurements to gather information.  The students will also collect data on the abiotic factors (temperature and pH) that affect macroinvertebrate abundance. Students will be introduced to the importance of wetland preservation and the control of pollution.

    Grade Level: 5
    Length of Time: 2 hours
    Maximum Number of Students: 30
    Standards: 5-1.2, 5-1.4, 5-1.5, 5-1.6, 5-1.8 and 5-2.5
    Setting: special resources park
    Freshwater Ecology
  • Program Activities 
     
  • The presence or absence of macroinvertebrates is an indication of the long-term effects of pollution on water quality. Students will participate in a program designed to teach them how to determine water quality by sampling the park’s macroinvertebrate population. They will use scientific methods and quantitative measurements to gather information. They will use dichotomous keys to identify the aquatic macroinvertebrates.

    Grade Level: 6
    Length of Time: 2 hours
    Maximum Number of Students: 30
    Standards: 6-1.3, 6-1.5 and 6-3.1
    Setting: special resources park

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