About YLI

Since 1987, YLI has provided an opportunity for students in South Carolina to take their learning outside. In each of our field studies, we focus on cultivating a practical understanding of ecosystems and the environment.

Our hope is that hands-on experiences with the outdoors will translate into a love for nature and exploration.


Teaching KATE


Teaching Kids About the Environment (KATE) teaches students about water ecology, wildlife resources, forestry and soil science.

Exploration Hannon

Near Greenville, SC

Students love coming to Exploration Hannon to learn about the forest. While they’re with us, we do team- building activities, explore the woods and optionally do a mountain canopy tour.

Expedition Sewee

Near Charleston, SC

We take math and science out of the classroom and into the real world – offering students an unforgettable tour of our state’s coastal ecology.