Cypress Gardens announces new programs

  • Thursday, October 31, 2013

Four programs have been introduced as part of Cypress Gardens’ new educational initiative focused on cultural history, Berkeley County government announced this week.

The programs address some of the South Carolina academic standards for social studies, science and math for third, fourth and fifth grades, and complement the natural history programs already offered at Cypress Gardens.

New programs include:

• African Pottery

The program promotes the understanding of African crafts and skill(s) brought to South Carolina through the slave trade. Students will make and decorate a pot using techniques similar to those used by African American slaves in the Lowcountry.

• Understanding Artifacts

The program teaches the basic principles for sorting and interpreting objects found at archaeological sites. Students will sort and identify objects from a replica site. They will explore how these objects tell us about the former inhabitants or activities that occurred at the site.

• History of Rice in South Carolina

The program shares the historical and cultural significance of rice and other African plants. Students will learn about the history of rice production in the Lowcountry to better understand its importance to the historical development of the state.

• Archaeological Excavation

The program teaches basic archaeological principles. Students will “excavate” a replica unit, map the objects they find, and interpret the past activity they think is represented by the artifacts they have uncovered.

“Cypress Gardens sits on land which was once an old rice plantation,” said Cypress Gardens Manager Heather Graham. “We feel it is important to understand, study the lives and preserve the rich culture and African craft of those once enslaved on these grounds.”

For more information about Cypress Gardens and its educational programs, visit www.cypressgardens.info or call (843) 553-0515.

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