Ballantine, Todd. Tideland Treasures. University
of South Carolina Press, Columbia, 1991.
A wonderfully simple introduction to the plants and animals
of the salt marsh, sandy beach and ocean habitats of the eastern
Barry, John M. Natural Vegetation of South Carolina,
University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, 1980.
A look at the vegetation communities of each of the regions
of South Carolina and the abiotic factors that influence
Kovacik, Charles F. and John J.Winberry. South Carolina:
The Making Of a Landscape, University of South Carolina
Press, Columbia, 1987.
Information on the geology, ecology and cultural history
of the different landforms and regions of South Carolina.
Martof, Bernard S. et. al. Amphibians and Reptiles
of the Carolinas and Virginia. University of North
Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1980.
A content-rich field guide to the reptiles and amphibians
of South and North Carolina and Virginia.
Meyer, Peter. Nature Guide to the Carolina Coast,
Avian-Cetacean Press, Wilmington, NC, 1998.
An informative look at the characteristics and wildlife
of the Coast and Ocean regions of South and North Carolina.
Rhodes, Fred C et. al. Freshwater Water Fishes of
the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. University
of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1994.
A content-rich field guide to the fresh water fishes of
South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and
Ruppert, Edward E. and Richard S. Fox. Seashore Animals
of the Southeast. University of South Carolina Press,
A content-rich field guide for the identification of shallow-water
invertebrate animals of the Atlantic coast of the southeastern
Teacher Reference Websites
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
This website is sponsored by the United States Department
of Education. An entire section is dedicated to lesson
plans and activities for teachers. Within the lesson plan
section underneath the heading of science topics, teachers
can find an array of activities on adaptations.
Frank Potter's Science Gems
A plethora of science resources can be accessed at this
terrific site. Under the Life Science II heading, teachers
can access the "Ecology", "Biology of Plants" and the
"Biology of Animals" sections. All sections contain a
wide variety of information, resources, and lesson plans
related to ecology, plants and animals.
Information on land forms, climate, and geography in the
Congaree Swamp region of South Carolina.
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Information on the wildlife and geology of all of South
Student Reference Books
Eyewitness Books: Ocean, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc,
New York, 1995.
This book uses photographs, illustrations and text to
teach the reader about the plants and animals that make
ocean habitats their home.
Eyewitness Books: Ecology, Steve Pollock. Dorling
Kindersley, Inc. New York, 2000.
This book uses photographs, illustrations and text to
teach the reader about ecology.
Look Closer: Swamp Life, Dorling Kindersley, New
Using photographs, illustrations and text, this book teaches
the reader about the plants and animals that live in swamps.
One Small Square: Swamp, Donald Silver. Learning
Triangle Press, 1997. ISBN 0070579261
Great text and great illustrations combine to provide
students with an abundance of background information about
the swamp ecosystem.
Student Fiction Books
Pass the Energy Please! Barbara Shaw McKinney.
Dawn Publications, 1951. ISBN 1584690011
This well-illustrated book focuses on food chains and
the interdependencies of plants and animals.
Aquatic Project WILD
Aquatic Project WILD is an interdisciplinary curriculum
for K-12 teachers on aquatic wildlife and ecosystems.
The activities cover a broad range of environmental and
For information on signing up for workshops, call the
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources at (803)
734-3814. For more information click on: www.dnr.state.sc.us/cec/educate/edu1.html#teacher
Project WILD is an interdisciplinary curriculum for K-12
teachers on a broad range of environmental and conservation
topics. For information on signing up for workshops, call
the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources at
For more information click on: www.dnr.state.sc.us/cec/educate/edu1.html#teacher
Field Trip Sites
South Carolina's Ecoregions
Each of South Carolina's ecoregions contains many parks
and preserved land that make characteristic communities
and ecosystems accessible to school groups. Below is listed
one example from each region used in this activity.
Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area (Jones Gap and Caesars
Head State Natural Areas) - The Mountain Bridge Wilderness
Area covers more than 10,000 acres of exceptional
mountain habitat including Jones Gap and Caesars Head
state parks. Education at this site strives to foster
an understanding and appreciation of the Mountain Bridge,
the Southern Appalachian Mountains and the Blue Ridge
Escarpment. Through expert instruction and hands-on field
experiences, students can investigate the ecology, hydrology
and geology of the area. (Greenville County - Caesars
Head 864.836.6115; Jones Gap 864.836.3647)
Cypress Gardens is a preserved blackwater swamp habitat
located between Goose Creek and Moncks Corner. Trails, boats,
a butterfly garden and freshwater aquariums can all be found
here. The garden is open seven days a week and offers environmental
education programs for school groups. For more information call
Huntington Beach State Park - With its marshes,
maritime forest and beach, the educational focus of Huntington
Beach will foster understanding of how natural communities
are interdependent on each other and dependent on us.
To protect our natural heritage, we must learn that we
are part of, not apart from, the natural world. Through
observation and hands-on activities, students gain an
understanding of the importance of the resources found
on this park and enhance their appreciation of environmental
issues facing their own communities. (Georgetown County
If you are aware of other books, videos, websites, curricula,
fieldtrip destinations or other materials that would make
excellent resources for this activity, please e-mail them
to us for inclusion in this list at: Education@scaquarium.org