LEEP teaches students throughout the Lowcountry about the local environment and ecosystems through classroom lessons and outdoor excursions.

LEEP began in 1999 to address the lack of accessible, hands-on, outdoor environmental education for students in the Charleston area. We strongly believe that all young people should have access to learn about the environment by actually being in it; that the best way to learn is to do. We operate through the support of our staff members and overwhelming volunteer support, and continue to expand our involvement in the Charleston area.

Mission: Our mission is to provide environmental education to students in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties regardless of ethnic or socio-economic circumstances. Since 1999, LEEP has provided environmental education to over 19,000 students, exposing many for the first time to the rich natural heritage of the Lowcountry. Our goal is for students to develop critical thinking skills in order to become good stewards of our precious natural resources.

[06/08/18]   Hello Facebook friends- I just saw there were 61 new views this week at this page. LEEP has been in hibernation mode since the spring of 2012. As I didn't set up the page, I'm not able to take it down. But, if you have suggestions for other groups that are doing similar work in Charleston or the Lowcountry, please feel free to message me and I will post their information here. Thank you!

Oyster Roast Photos (By Craig Hall) November 8, 2011

Thank you Craig Hall for sharing these pictures!

Oysters galore- and when you tire of shucking, try the hotdogs and veggie chili!

Oysters, oysters, and more oysters- delicious!

Happy LEEP supporters enjoying Bowens Island dock & bar at the oyster roast

[11/07/11]   Thank you Charitable Society of Charleston for putting on a wonderful oyster roast to benefit LEEP- bringing together great food, great people, and a great time!

[11/01/11]   We can't wait for juicy oysters and scrumptious veggie chili at the oyster roast this weekend! Please come out and enjoy great food, music, and beverages at Bowen's Island on Sunday from 3-6.

West Ashley students found great nature treasures at our free public class at the Forest Park Community Center.

[09/17/11]   Please join us and our partners, the Charitable Society of Charleston, for an oyster roast at Bowen's Island! Enjoy oysters, hot dogs, Palmetto Brewery beers, Firefly vodka, vegetarian chili from Earthfare, and the best views in Charleston. Local favorite Calvin Taylor will be playing the event. The oyster roast will take place from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM on November 6th. You can purchase advance tickets at cscoysters.eventbrite.com.

LEEP in Action

LEEP in Action

[09/07/11]   Thank you to The Backpacker in Mt. Pleasant and Patagonia for their cash donations! We will use the funds to give free classes in Charleston County elementary schools.

[08/01/11]   We recently provided environmental education classes with a Community in Schools program at Jane Edwards Elementary on Edisto Island. We couldn't have asked for a better group of kids - bright, enthusiastic, and engaged. Everyone had a great time.

[06/27/11]   In July, Community In Schools is conducting a 4 week program serving 50 students at Jane Edwards Elementary School on Edisto Island. LEEP, along with Learning Through Loggerheads, will provide the environmental education component and the LEEP bus will be taking the students on an to Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve. LEEP is pleased to be associated with both CIS and LTL in this rewarding summer program!

The LEEP bus will be cruising the streets of Charleston this summer. The bus is being used to transport local students enrolled in the SC Maritime Foundation’s summer program and take them on fun and educational field trips. Some excursions will be to Caw Caw Interpretative Center, SC DNR at Ft. Johnson, Wannamaker Park and swimming on Sullivan’s Island. LEEP is very pleased to be a part of SCMF’s superb program!

The LEEP bus, which can use a biodiesel fuel mixture that is an environmentally friendly, renewable resource.

LEEP in Action

LEEP in Action



LEEP 2010 Zero Waste Oyster Roast

LEEP 2010 Zero Waste Oyster Roast

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