Congaree Swamp Stories

Grades 3-8

The creation of Congaree Swamp Stories coincided with the release of the Ken Burns’ film series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. This website is a resource for those who are interested in learning more about the diverse natural and cultural history of the park.

During the summer of 2009, Congaree National Park partnered with several organizations including South Carolina ETV for a special technology camp. The campers included a group of rising 5th graders from Gadsden Elementary School. The purpose of the camp was to engage students in re-telling "Congaree Swamp Stories" in their own voices, through photos, videos, and their written words.

This project was made possible in part by a grant from the National Park Foundation. The America's Best Idea Grant was awarded to assist National Parks in bringing in underserved audiences and telling "untold stories" across the country.

Watch some of the camp speakers and view more about the history of the Congaree in "Roots in the River" from Carolina Stories.

Congaree Swamp Stories