Planning Your STEP Visit

1. Request a Field Study

Offerings, program descriptions, and reservation request forms can be found at Please be sure to adhere to the deadline found on the registration form. Requests received after the deadline will be placed on a waiting list.

2. Confirm Your Field Study

All scheduling for the upcoming school year is done in the summer. Once your trip has been scheduled, you will receive a confirmation contract letter. Confirmation contract letters MUST be signed and returned to RPSEC by the date specified to avoid cancellation.

3. Rescheduling a Visit

It is highly unlikely that we will be able reschedule a visit unless another school cancels.

4. Cancellations

We must receive written notification of cancellation at least FOUR weeks in advance of reserved date or a $25.00 cancellation fee PER PROGRAM will be assessed.

5. Program Request Guidelines

6. Lunch

There are picnic tables at both locations for the students and adults. Neither site has food, drinks, or microwaves available.

7. Chaperones

8. Student Program Fees

9. Academic Standards

All STEP Field Studies are aligned with South Carolina academic standards. Most programs consist of a lab study, field study, and eco-hike during which students are actively engaged in hands-on, inquiry-based learning. South Carolina standards correlations and some pre- and post- activities can be found on our website:

10. Contact Information

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway Telephone: 803-641-3313 Fax: 803-641-3615 E-mail: