Educational programs for all ages are offered year-round at Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island.
Upcoming programs, classes and discussions include:
• Community-based Oyster Shell Recycling and Bed Restoration. Jean Fruh will present this program at 2 p.m. Feb. 24.
Fruh is the executive director of The Outside Foundation, whose mission is to get kids outside and to protect and preserve our local environment.
She will discuss how that small, local, grassroots non-profit received funding from an environmental giant, Patagonia Inc., to establish a community- based oyster shell recycling and bed restoration project on the island. Cost of the program is $7 per person
• Conservation Through Sustainable Seafood. Amy MacKown will present this program at 2 p.m. Feb. 26.
MacKown, part of South Carolina’s Good Catch Program, will discuss how and why our marine habitats are changing rapidly and fish and other marine animals are adjusting their seasonal migratory routes. When the composition of species off our shores is evolving, how can we be conservation champions for the ocean through our seafood sourcing?
MacKown will navigate attendees through these challenges and demystify what sustainability means when it comes to fishing and eating seafood. Cost is $7 per person.
• Discovery Night at the Museum: Indigo Exploration. Eliza Lucas Pinckney was just 17 years old in 1739, when her experiments with indigo resulted in a very profitable industry for the colony of South Carolina.
From 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 27, attendees at this program can take a journey to the past and “meet” Eliza Lucas Pinckney. They will hear her unique story, learn how indigo dye was made, and make their own indigo dyed T-shirt to take home. This family friendly educational experience is fun for all ages. Cost is $15 per person.
• Overwintering Hummingbirds in the Lowcountry. Doreen Cubie will lead this talk at 2 p.m. March 2 to learn about hummingbirds.
Cubie will talk about her research with Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, focusing on her banding study of wintering hummingbirds near Charleston. She will also discuss her research with Ruby-throats from Manitoba to British Columbia.
Cubie is a master bird bander, one of only about 400 hummingbird banders in the US and Canada. Cost is $7 per person.
Reservations for the above programs are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223.
• Native Plant Sale, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 21. Guests are advised to arrive early for the best selections of this annual sale.
A variety of native plants will be available to cover diverse landscaping needs, from vines to blooming bushes to butterfly friendly landscaping. Experts will be on hand to answer questions about the best native plants for your landscape and the benefits of planting native species.
Plant sales will be cash or check only.
For more information about these events, visit coastaldiscovery.org.