The park has a small but active nature center that educates visitors about the natural beauty and diversity of Myrtle Beach State Park. Saltwater aquariums, live reptiles and fun, interactive natural history displays help visitors of all ages understand the significance of the park. A backyard wildlife habitat complete with bird feeders, bird houses, bird baths, water garden containers, nature sculpture and seasonal butterfly garden are available for viewing even when the center is not open. The hours of operation vary seasonally, call (843) 238-0874 for current hours. Engaging and educational programs for the general public are offered 11 months of the year to raise awareness about the importance of conserving our natural resources and state parks and preserving coastal habitat for future generations. Contact the nature center, check out the “Park Programs” or “What’s New” sections of the park’s webpage for the current program schedule. Teachers: engage your students to learn beyond the classroom! The park offers Discover Carolina (www.discovercarolina.com) – a hands on, curriculum based school field experience complete with both pre- and post-activities to help enhance your student’s experience.