Young students aboard the E/V Discovery for an educational boat cruise

Education Resources

Use these resources in your classroom! For more information, email

Posters and Printed Materials

A SERTC Poster on Echinoderms showing Sea Stars, Sand Dollars, and more.

SERTC Posters and Lessons: Marine science posters and lesson plans designed to teach taxonomy of South Carolina's marine species.

Sea Sciences: A series of educational publications on a variety of marine related topics. Put together by scientists and educators of the Marine Resources Division at SCDNR.

ACE Basin Activity Book: Designed to instill a stronger awareness and respect for environmentalism and conservation and to encourage young students to enjoy discovering coastal South Carolina.

Coastal Science Lessons for your classroom

Graph Art for Elementary Students: It’s never too early to start helping your students read and create graphs.

Use this Great Graphs presentation

Students can study water quality and how species are adapted to survive in the estuary:

Have your students learn the diet and feeding habits of marine species in South Carolina waters using real stomach contents data:

Lesson plans:

Diet composition:

All About the ACE

A preview of a virtual field trip to Botany Bay covering history and wildlife management

ACE Basin Intro Video: What is the ACE Basin and why do we protect it? Watch this video to find out!

Dive Deeper: One of the most beautiful places in the ACE Basin is Botany Bay. Check out these videos and lessons to learn more:


Virtual Program Recordings

A preview of a recorded lesson on Sea Turtle Education for grades 5 through 12.

Marine Education Channel: Virtual lessons from our marine educators for a range of grade-levels. Explore topics from Survival in the Estuary to Sea Turtle Ecology.

SCDNR Webinar Series: Hear from SCDNR experts on a range of topics from Sea Turtle Nesting to Coastal Archeology.

Interdisciplinary Lessons

A preview of the SC Coastal Resources blog post titled Our Top Stories of the Past Decade, Part 1.

SC Coastal Resources Blog: Use our Coastal Resources blog to get your students reading about science!

Read & Reflect 1: Have students read our blog post on our top conservation stories from 2010-2014 then answer reflection questions.

Read & Reflect 1 worksheet

Read & Reflect 2: Have students read our blog post on our top conservation stories from 2015-2019 then answer reflection questions.

Read & Reflect 2 worksheet

Careers in Marine Science

The front page of SCDNR's Sea Science publication on Careers in Marine Science showing illustrations of marine science topics including fisheries, ecology, and microbiology.

Careers in Marine Science: An introduction to the range of careers in Marine Science and ideas for gaining experience now.  

Day in the Life of a Marine Biologist Webinar: Three SCDNR marine biologists tell us about their not-so-average work days and how they got to where they are today.

Virtual Job Shadowing: Take a virtual tour of the SCDNR Reef Fish Lab.

Biologist Spotlight: Watch a SCDNR’s trammel net survey from a bird's eye view.

Salt Marsh Ecology

View of a salt marsh

Salt Marsh Ecology Lessons: Bring the salt marsh into your classroom with these South Carolina specific activities. These lesson plans were curated for our state and cover concepts such as food webs, human impacts, and taxonomy, as well as incorporating ELA and Cultural Connection to the salt marsh.

Field Guide: South Carolina salt marsh field guide.

Here are short video segments with reflection questions:


Fisheries Genetic Mysteries

Fisheries Genetic Mysteries

Marine biologists use genetic samples to determine presence of species, genetic diversity, and species abundance, and the effectiveness of protection activities.

Watch this short video to see our biologists at work isolating and amplifying DNA samples: Inside the Genetics Lab

Mystery #1: Use eDNA data to determine if an endangered species is using this estuary. In Round 2, use the same technique to identify the presence of an invasive species before it is too late!

Mystery # 2: Read chromatograms to determine if the DNA sample comes from a stocked fish or a wild fish. This technique allows biologists to determine the contribution of our fish stocking program to wild populations.

Mystery # 3: Understand one type of genetic drift, the bottleneck effect, using the example of a cold snap die off of spotted seatrout. Students will understand how drastic environmental events can impact the genetics of a population over generations.

Fun with Data

NOAA Data in the Classroom: Leveled online modules using real-world data for Middle and High School.

Human Impacts on an Estuary: This High school phenomenon-based lesson helps students investigate Humans in the Estuary while examining real-world data to find answers.

Studying Water Quality: How is the weather and water quality in the ACE Basin changing? Check out this 4-pager about patterns in ACE Basin water quality.

Restoration Science: Why do we restore wetlands? Here is a story map on multiple habitat restoration projects and monitoring methods around the country within the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

Find More Resources