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Discovery Exhibits: Saluda Shoals Enviromental Center

Saluda Shoals Environmental Center - Columbia, South Carolina


Project overview

Located north of Columbia along the Saluda River, this 300 acre park is an education and recreation center with canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, picnicking, hiking and nature study. In the new Environmental Center are 3,500 square feet of exhibits which include large dioramas about the wetland and upland ecosystems and the 200 year history of ferries on the Saluda River. Other exhibits focus on cultural history, with an emphasis on the local Catawba Indians and the building of a nearby dam on the river.

All exhibits were developed in close coordination with the existing park programming and the curriculum guidelines of the Columbia school system.

Discovery Exhibits: Saluda Shoals Enviromental Center

Detail of upland diorama showing a Catawba woman and a village scene

Discovery Exhibits: Saluda Shoals Enviromental Center

Close up view of Catawba woman

Discovery Exhibits: Saluda Shoals Enviromental Center

Cultural history wall with artifacts, photo books and interactives

Discovery Exhibits: Saluda Shoals Enviromental Center

Detail of the cultural history wall

Discovery Exhibits: Saluda Shoals Enviromental Center

Children’s discovery area with walk-in hollow tree, animal puppets and lots of rock-shaped pillows for the kids

Discovery Exhibits: Saluda Shoals Enviromental Center

Close up of upland diorama.

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