Island Quest Field Trip Options
OPTION 1: Island Quest
Bulls Island is well-protected and accessible only by boat making it perfect for exploration by your students.
Once the ferry docks and your class enters the maritime forest, the adventure begins. Along the way to the freshwater impoundments on the island interior, your naturalist-guide will show your students shell mounds left by Native Americans, identify birds flying overhead and point out trees and plants with medicinal uses like Black Willow and Toothache Tree (and give them a chance to try a piece of this numbing leaf!).
Along the way to the pristine seven-mile beachfront, your guide will point out animal tracks and insects, describe the history of Bulls Island, and talk about the ecological importance of maritime forest and freshwater impoundments for migratory waterfowl.
The beach exploration includes activities such as searching for shore creatures and identifying shells (living and vacated), discussing geological beach dynamics and tidal cycles, and examining adaptations used by the shoreline animals in the transitional beach ecosystem.
Be prepared to learn, have fun, and get your hands sandy on this half-day exploration of Bulls Island.
OPTION 2: Advanced Island Quest
This option offers a complete, well-rounded study of barrier island ecology, and is a great opportunity for your students to gain hands-on experience. This in-depth field trip examines both the maritime forest and the dynamic beach of Bulls Island. Perfect for advanced classes in science, social studies, ecology and college-level courses.
OPTION 3: Island Quest + Birds of Prey
For a day that your students won’t soon forget, consider this special field trip to both Bulls Island and The Center for Birds of Prey.
This offering combines an Island Quest to Bulls Island with a guided experience at The Center for Birds of Prey. As part of the shedule, your students will see birds like owls, hawks, vultures and falcons with naturalist interpretation. This is a world-class facility and it is just down the road from the Bulls Island departure point.
Want to Know More?
Upon request, we will e-mail you a four-page PDF outlining the Island Quest Field Study Program. This barrier island adventure always covers marine science, natural history and the human history of Cape Romain and Bulls Island, and we tailor each trip to your group's age and classroom focus.
Coastal Expeditions developed Island Quest 19 years ago and has worked diligently to create an experience that is educational, inspiring and fun. This is education in nature, expanding your classroom to 66,000 acres of land, sea and sky. Our guides are well-trained, and have advanced degrees in Marine Biology and related studies.
Several times each year, we take educators on “familiarity trips” to Bulls Island. These trips are complimentary to educators, but you must make a reservation with our office. Call or e-mail for availability- we’d love to take you out!