Congaree National Park Art & Science Project

Old-Growth Bottomland Forest Research Education Center and Columbia Museum of Art engaged visitors in the art of science and soil in Congaree National Park.

Situated along the meandering Congaree River in central South Carolina, Congaree National Park is home to champion trees, primeval forest landscapes, and diverse plant and animal life. This 22,200-acre park protects the largest contiguous tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the United States. Known for its giant hardwoods and towering pines, the parks floodplain forest includes one of the highest canopies in the world and some of the tallest trees in the eastern United States.

Congaree National Park provides a sanctuary for plants and animals, a research site for scientists, and a place for you to walk and relax in a tranquil wilderness setting.

A joint venture between the Old-Growth Bottomland Forest Research and Education Center and the Columbia Museum of Art, this project provided 5 integrated, standards-based experiences that engaged more than 1,100 students (many minority, low-income, and first-time visitors) in the art and science of soil. Two youth interns helped with program delivery.