Your school's next outdoor field study is only A STEP away!

Two field trip locations for STEP include the Savannah River Site and the Silver Bluff Audubon Center. Both sites have indoor classrooms, beautiful forests with miles of trails, ponds, and a variety of resident wildlife.

Students get close-up looks at taxidermied local mammals such as bobcats, coyotes, otters, raccoons, muskrats and skunks along with birds such as herons, hawks, owls, and ducks. Quantitative and qualitative data is collected as students classify and identify the wildlife using field guides. These young wildlife biologists also have an opportunity to make a track of their own!

Select from a variety of exciting hands-on programs for your students that are environmentally focused, grade specific, inquiry-based and aligned to state standards. A STEP visit includes three 45-60 minute activities addressing the chosen program topic. Those activities will include a lab study, a field study and a hike (unless otherwise stated) with a half hour for a picnic lunch. You must provide your own lunches and drinks at both locations. A typical schedule is 9:15 AM – 1 PM. Shorter visits can be accommodated.

About STEP

The Science and Technology Enrichment Program (STEP) is a long-standing, cooperative effort between Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Silver Bluff Audubon Center, and the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center.

The purpose of this effort is to enhance the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills of students in grades K-12. The elementary, middle, and high school programs offer hands-on experiences in a stimulating environmental setting. Implementing these programs on the Savannah River Site and Silver Bluff Audubon Center encourages students and teachers to experience science and mathematics in exciting yet challenging ways.

Program Offerings and Descriptions

Programs for Students in South Carolina

Programs for Students in Georgia

Planning Your STEP Visit

Pre- and Post-Visit Activities

Request a Reservation

Reservation Request Form

Forms for STEP SRS Visit

A visit to the Savanah River Site requires some special consideration to allow access to the secured government site. You can find some helpful forms below. Other information will be requested of you after your program is scheduled.

Directions

To Silver Bluff Audobon Center

To Savannah River Site

STEP Teacher Workshops

The following workshops are offered through STEP.

Project Learning Tree - Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.

Flying Wild - Through activities involving language arts, social science and math experiences, coupled with community outreach and service learning applications, Flying WILD offers a whole-school approach to environmental education using birds as the focus.

Growing Up Wild - Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills

Environmental Education Links

Environmental Education Associaiton of South Carolinal (EEASC)

South Carolina Science Council (SC2)

Project Learning Tree

Project Wild

NASA Spacelink

South Carolina ETV

The Weather Channel

GLOBE

Environmental Science Education Cooperative (ESEC)

Audubon South Carolina

Savannah River Site Education Outreach Programs

Contact Us

Inquiries may be made to:

Kimberly Fickling
471 University Parkway Aiken, SC 29801
Office & Voicemail: 803-641-3769
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