The experience at Playcard Environmental Education Center is as much about team-building as it is nature. Socastee High School ROTC cadets take a “blindfold walk” through the woods
The students tackle the low ropes challenge “Islands Adventure,” careful not to spill the “magic potion.”
The low ropes challenge “Spider Web” forces students to work together physically in order to get each other through every hole without touching the ropes. The intellectual challenge? Once they use a hole, it gets “closed.”
Ben Abercrombie describes his job at Playcard Environmental Center as “director, teacher, janitor.” Here he helps a student cross an imaginary pit as part of the low ropes, team-building “Ropes Swing” challenge.
ROTC cadet Marvin Bryant pets the baby alligator named “Pigeon.”
The education center itself sits on more than 200 acres in the northwestern part of Horry County. Playcard delivers outdoor education and team-building five days a week to area schools.
The Lions Club honored the center with an international award for its “Braille Trail”—a nature path for the blind.
Photographs from 30 years of educational programming adorn the walls of the center, and each October, the center holds the annual Swamp Fest—a Saturday of bluegrass, barbecue and community gathering.