We are happy to report that the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center is open. We are taking care to follow best practices in addressing COVID-19 concerns. We are planning schedules for student programs throughout the 2020-21 academic year.
In recognition that schools might not be able to transport students to us, we are making alternative plans to engage students in our programs. We will contact teachers who submitted program requests as we are working on scheduling over the summer.
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.
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.
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
Request a Reservation
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 Badge Office [.pdf]
- SRS STEP Forms (mailed to contact teacher)
- Forms of ID for Adult Badging [.pdf]
- Contraband List [.pdf]
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
Inquiries may be made to:
471 University Parkway Aiken, SC 29801
Office & Voicemail: 803-641-3769