Discover Dinosaurs and So Much More at Brookgreen Gardens

Jerry Blackwelder

Younger students today are fascinated with prehistoric dinosaurs, and they now have an opportunity to experience 17 lifelike dinosaur animatronics on display in the Butterfly Exhibit and adjacent field at Brookgreen Gardens. 

Students will also visit the Dinosaur Dissection Lab in Brookgreen’s Children’s Discovery Room and dig for their own fossils in the outdoor Paleontologist Evacuation Site.

Located off the US highway 17 bypass between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, SC, Brookgreen Gardens is a unique blend of art, nature and history. Its mission since its founding in 1931 is to collect, exhibit and preserve American figurative sculptures along with the plants and animals native to the Southeastern United States.

Brookgreen was the first public sculpture garden in America, and is recognized today as the best outdoor museum of its type in the world. Brookgreen Gardens is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Seasonal blooms are take the spotlight in the Plant Collection along with Live Oaks that have stood more than 250 years.  Students will especially enjoy the Garden Room for Children and the Palmetto Garden featuring the State Tree.

Adorning the gardens are beautiful creations of the American Sculpture Collection containing the nation’s largest and most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculpture. Smaller sculptures included in the collection of more than 2,000 sculptures can be found in indoor galleries along with paintings, sketches and etchings by well-known artists.

All the animals in the Low Country Zoo were either born in captivity or suffered an injury serious enough that they could not survive in the wild. Your students will see a variety of native species like alligators, Bald Eagles, foxes, hawks, owls, otters, deer, ducks and more.

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