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On-going Opportunities for Engagement

South Carolina Outdoor Education Program


SCOEP or the South Carolina Outdoor Education Program works to bring conservation and environmental stewardship education to upper elementary and middle school students through kayaking and trekking exploration of Charleston's coastal landscape. SCOEP was created through funding from the Butler Foundation for Environmental Education, and is currently operated and administered by Coastal Expeditions and the Coastal Conservation League.

During expeditions, staff from Coastal Expeditions take middle school students out on kayak tours of the Shem Creek area in Mount Pleasant or take upper elementary school students trekking in Bulls Bay to educate students about critical areas of local environment and ecosystems. This program is a unique way to blend both fitness and education for students from all over the Lowcountry as it strives to provide a 50:50 fitness to education ratio within its experience.

To find out how your upper elementary or middle school students can take part in this program this Fall, visit the South Carolina Outdoor Education Program Facebook page or contact:

Sustainability Newsletters

Have you read the first issues of CCSD's and the Charleston County Environmental Management's newsletters? These publications are designed to keep CCSD educators and partners informed of sustainability-related opportunities and events.

CCSD's Sustainable Schools Green Newsletters

Charleston County Environmental Management's Quarterly Newsletter for CCSD Teachers

What is the District's Sustainable Schools Initiative?

Charleston County School District (CCSD) is committed to fostering environmental education and sustainability across the district in a manner that is cost-effective and sustainable.  With this commitment in mind, the district has launched the Sustainable Schools Initiative.

The three-tiered plan focuses on:

  1. Sustainable, Healthy Schools for current and future generations;
  2. Sustainable Construction to meet the needs of growing minds in a growing world; and
  3. Sustainable Curriculum to enable our students to become stewards of their environment and community

Can You Tell Me More About the Initiative?

The first element of the initiative is fostering sustainable, healthy schools.  CCSD is committed to adopting practices that provide a sustainable, healthy learning and working environment that contributes to the educational, physical, and mental well-being of all students and staff. Current projects include increased recycling, resource conservation, green procurement, reduced emissions, green cleaning, and sustainable cafeterias. Jane Edwards

The second element of the sustainability initiative is sustainable construction.  Our goal is to construct sustainable, environmentally friendly schools that conserve resources, while improving the quality of the learning and working environment for students and staff.  Since 2000, CCSD has constructed 25+ schools that meet the requirements for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, including South Carolina’s first LEED Silver certified school, North Charleston Elementary.

The third element of the initiative focuses on sustainable curriculum.  CCSD has the responsibility to prepare students for a changing 21st century workforce in which green and sustainability-based jobs will become a booming industry.  Environmental education is incorporated throughout K-12 in a variety of programs ranging from school environmental clubs to class composting and garden projects.  South Carolina science curriculum standards addresses environmental topics in all primary and secondary grade levels, and in a continuously growing variety of high school level courses.

How Can I Learn More?

Please visit this page again soon as it will be updated throughout the year. Please contact us at (843) 789-0172 or (843) 371-2115 if you have any questions about the Sustainable Schools Initiative.

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