Fun, Standards-based Nature Education

Teaching KATE gives students a unique opportunity to explore nature through hands-on learning.

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Tons of Exciting Activities

Teaching KATE is a field study program for grades 3-8 held on the shores of Lake Marion in Summerton, SC.

Camp Bob Cooper has a biodiverse ecosystem, large population of wildlife and the capacity to host even the largest group. The Teaching KATE curriculum focuses on broad environmental earth and life sciences and is adaptable, so you can easily accomplish your goals in meeting SC state standards. In addition to a strong core curriculum, we offer exciting team-building activities that campers love!

All curriculums align with South Carolina state standards and feature hands-on, application-based learning. For add-on activities, please call for details and pricing information.

Forest Ecology

  • Scientific study of interrelated patterns and processes in the forest
  • Explore plant and animal interactions within the forest
  • Answer questions about forest management using scientific investigations and models
  • Tree identification and forest floor exploration
  • Forest mapping

Water Ecology

  • Become a chemist and test the pH and dissolved oxygen levels of Lake Marion
  • Analyze chemical and biological pollution levels
  • Discover the macro organisms that are bio indicators
  • Collect and analyze macro-invertebrates from the lake


  • Analyze population dynamics
  • Build your own food web
  • Learn how energy flows through food chains and webs
  • Discover the structures, processes, behaviors and adaptations allow critters to survive


  • Determine what abiotic and biotic factors affect the pH of soil
  • pH testing
  • Discover the importance of wetlands
  • Observe soil layers and analyze different soil types

Additional Activities

Beyond our standard ecology curriculum, our facility offers opportunities for engaging, fun activities.

  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing Wall*
  • High Ropes Course*
  • Portable Planetarium
  • Teams Course
  • And More!

*Adventure activities may have additional restrictions


  • Schedule

    Our typical program runs from Monday-Wednesday or Wednesday-Friday. We also offer one- and two-day programs depending on your priorities.

  • Capacity

    Camp Bob Cooper is a full-service facility, with a professional kitchen staff, gymnasium, swimming area, and sleeping capacity of 200 students.

    We love working with groups of all sizes.

  • Pricing

    To inquire about pricing, please fill out our contact form or call (803) 574-6066.



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Teaching KATE runs all through the school year. For information, submit a request form.

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