MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - One Lowcountry high school student started taking advantage of his time at home after schools closed to share his passion of nature with the community.
Parker Gibbons is a junior at Oceanside Collegiate Academy. He launched a Facebook page, “Parker Teaches Science,” where he teaches others about science and nature.
The 17-year-old from Mount Pleasant creates his own videos and posts them online every Tuesday and Thursday to teach others about nature and to show some of his findings.
"I get to kind of share my love of nature and hope to make other people have that same love of nature, and I've been able to show a lot of my collection, because I have a bunch of bones and skulls and stuff and I love talking about them and its just interesting to be able to tell people about them and just educate people about it," Gibbons said.
He loves finding all kinds of reptiles and amphibians, and he says his favorites are snakes. He loves photographing these animals, but says he always makes sure to put them back in their habitats. He only takes them if it’s a rescue situation.
Gibbons says its normal for his neighbors to send their kids over to his house to look at his collection of animal skulls and snake skins, and of actual animals he's rescued.
That’s why during this time of social distancing he started making these videos for his Facebook page and Youtube channel in order to still reach all of those people.
"I've had a lot of different kids ask me questions separately, like send me personal messages, and ask me questions, send me pictures to identify stuff and people are just very involved with it," Gibbons said.
Gibbons says he's been reading books to learn more about snakes and other reptiles for as long as he can remember.
He hopes to someday become a herpetologist, a scientist in the field of Zoology who deals with the study of reptiles and amphibians such as snakes, turtles, and lizards.
Gibbons has grown up shadowing his grandpa, Whit Gibbons, who is a herpetologist, which is what inspired him to want to pursue the same thing.
Gibbons also volunteers with the Francis Marion Eastern Rattlesnake Task Force.