Midlands Master Naturalist Class 2018
Mar
16
to Jun 1

Midlands Master Naturalist Class 2018

Students learn identification skills, ecological concepts, and natural history of the plants, animals, and ecosystems encountered.  Students will see how this knowledge can be applied to manage for wildlife and to ensure that human impacts on our Earth are sustainable.  Through the established connections, participants will develop the skills necessary to become lifelong students of nature and environmental volunteers in their community.

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Wild Summer's Night Auction & Wild Game Feast
Jul
21
6:00 PM18:00

Wild Summer's Night Auction & Wild Game Feast

To a crowd of nearly 400 people, we will be auctioning off just about anything anyone could ever want! There are beautiful works of art; jewelry; guided birding and wildlife-watching trips; hunting and fishing excursions, both in South Carolina and other amazing places; guided river and kayak tours; hunting and fishing equipment; and much more. Event will include live & silent auctions, prize drawings & games, wild game feast, open bar, and much more!

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Women's Outdoor Retreat 2018
Sep
28
to Sep 30

Women's Outdoor Retreat 2018

  • Hickory Knob State Resort Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Women’s Outdoor Retreat is a weekend event designed for women to experience nature and outdoor recreation with like-minded ladies in a non-competitive environment. Nature walks, kayaking, fishing, outdoor cooking, and photography are just a few of the nearly 30 classes from which to choose. Click photo to left for more event information!

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2017 Holiday Open House
Dec
11
4:30 PM16:30

2017 Holiday Open House

  • 215 Pickens Street Columbia, SC, 29205 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come meet the SCWF staff, grab a drink and a bite to eat, and see what we've been up to this year. Check out limited edition environmental prints, signed and numbered by Jim Booth. We will also have books, bird houses, bat boxes, and bird-friendly coffee available for purchase. 

We hope to see you there! RSVP here on Facebook or by sending an email to kristin@scwf.org.

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Carolina Sandhills NWR Workday
Dec
9
9:00 AM09:00

Carolina Sandhills NWR Workday

  • Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Plan to join us for a day of learning about refuge wildlife as you help conserve and protect valuable natural resources on our #PublicLands!  Anticipated projects include raking around red-cockaded woodpecker trees to exclude them from prescribed burns, maintaining trails, installing trail signs, and building information kiosks.

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Celebrate Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge
Dec
1
11:00 AM11:00

Celebrate Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge

Join SCWF and American Rivers for a celebration of the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy free kayaking, live music, and lunch, as we learn about the Waccamaw River, public lands, and the many benefits the refuge provides to the surrounding communities.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Jenna Stephens.

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Pro Birder Module
Oct
21
to Oct 22

Pro Birder Module

This unique module will help the birder - from beginner to advanced - hone his or her birding skills by better understanding the concepts of “gestalt” and birding by feel. We’ll learn to identify birds and the “potential” for them by delving deeply into habitat associations, behavioral grouping and thumbnail probability horse-zebra statistics! If you’re tired of just listing and want more from birding than just a list, this is the course for you! We’ll spend our time concentrating our outings on the Clemson Campus, Calhoun “Bottoms”, the famous hotspot of Townville, SC and Clemson Experimental forest. This will be an intense course in blurring your vision to see more clearly and absorb the miracle of evolution that every single bird presents! Course pre-reqs will include an open mind, willing spirit and love for birds and nature.

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Autumn Botany at Sesqui
Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

Autumn Botany at Sesqui

This activity will be a combination of classroom and field work, involving a short study of autumn botany at Sesqui State Park, with special emphasis on the sunflower family. The sunflower family, with over 20,000 species worldwide, is well-represented in habitats at Sesqui. This fascinating plant family occupies every natural setting in our state.  Tips on understanding the morphology of sunflowers and their relatives will be offered, as well as hands-on study of selected examples during a field trip. This class will be taught by Dr. John Nelson, Curator of the Herbarium within the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia.

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Native Plant Week
Oct
16
to Oct 20

Native Plant Week

October 16-20, 2017 has been officially designated as "Native Plant Week" to recognize the essential value and importance of South Carolina native plants to the state's history, economy, landscape, and environment. Click the photo to the right to learn more about native plants and get info about events all over the state.  

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Women's Outdoor Retreat 2017
Sep
15
to Sep 17

Women's Outdoor Retreat 2017

  • Hickory Knob State Resort Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Women’s Outdoor Retreat is a weekend event designed for women to experience nature and outdoor recreation with like-minded ladies in a non-competitive environment. Nature walks, kayaking, fishing, outdoor cooking, and photography are just a few of the nearly 30 classes from which to choose. Click photo to left for more event information!

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Spiders of September
Sep
5
9:30 AM09:30

Spiders of September

Some call them "creepy" and some call them "cool."  Either way, spiders are infinitely interesting, and this workshop is designed to help you discover some the amazing attributes that make them so.  The day will include a close-up view of spider morphology, analyzing the features that make spider life a success.  We’ll have opportunities to distinguish the sexes of spiders, surely a skill you've long desired to acquire.  Through our discussion and discovery you’ll gain a better understanding of the different types of webs spiders spin, including how and why they are spun.  Their silk is symbolic of the many connections they make in nature, and we'll have conversations about that too. 

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Wild Summer's Night Auction & Wild Game Feast
Jul
29
6:00 PM18:00

Wild Summer's Night Auction & Wild Game Feast

To a crowd of nearly 400 people, we will be auctioning off just about anything anyone could ever want! There are beautiful works of art; jewelry; guided birding and wildlife-watching trips; hunting and fishing excursions, both in South Carolina and other amazing places; guided river and kayak tours; hunting and fishing equipment; and much more. Event will include live & silent auctions, prize drawings & games, wild game feast, open bar, and much more!

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Day of the Dragon
Jun
13
9:30 AM09:30

Day of the Dragon

Join us for an investigation into the exciting natural history of dragonflies and damselflies! These majestic creatures grace our waters on the wing throughout the summer in South Carolina, where we boast over a hundred species that come in all shapes, sizes, and incredible colors.

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Palmetto Pro Birder Field Day
May
6
8:00 AM08:00

Palmetto Pro Birder Field Day

This trip will investigate the Audubon Center & Sanctuary at Silver Bluff with Instructor, Steve Patterson.  We will begin at the Visitor's Center and the nearby trails. This area includes varied habitat and longleaf pine/wiregrass stand that could contain Bachman's Sparrows while we're there.  After lunch, we will explore the ponds managed for the endangered Wood Storks.

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Palmetto Pro Birder Module
Apr
28
to Apr 29

Palmetto Pro Birder Module

Join us as we bird South Carolina’s Blue Ridge with Instructor, Tim Lee. This time of year, we could see a variety of migratory birds as well as resident birds and maybe a few winter residents, such as kinglets and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, that have not departed. We will spend part of our time birding at Sassafras Mountain, South Carolina's highest point, were we may see Common Raven and Dark-eyed Juncos. We will also hit other area hotspots in the southern Appalachian Foothills. 

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Midlands Master Naturalist Class Begins
Mar
17
to Jun 2

Midlands Master Naturalist Class Begins

Students learn identification skills, ecological concepts, and natural history of the plants, animals, and ecosystems encountered.  Students will see how this knowledge can be applied to manage for wildlife and to ensure that human impacts on our Earth are sustainable.  Through the established connections, participants will develop the skills necessary to become lifelong students of nature and environmental volunteers in their community.

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Birding Basics
Feb
8
9:00 AM09:00

Birding Basics

All are welcomed to this introductory class which will focus on the basics of bird identification by sight & by sound, common birds at feeders and along the trail, how to use & buy binoculars, how & why to log your sightings using E-bird, how to create habitat for birds in your own backyard and community, and much more.  

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Pro Birder Module
Jan
20
to Jan 21

Pro Birder Module

  • Huntington Beach State Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us on a January bird jaunt as we explore Samworth WMA and Huntington Beach State Park. We'll focus on winter birds -- waterfowl, sparrows, blackbirds. and turn our attention to conservation of the PeeDee Region. 

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Carolina Sandhills NWR Workday
Dec
10
9:00 AM09:00

Carolina Sandhills NWR Workday

  • Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Plan to join us for a day of learning about refuge wildlife as you help conserve and protect valuable natural resources.  Anticipated projects include raking around red-cockaded woodpecker trees to exclude them from prescribed burns, maintaining trails, installing trail signs, and building information kiosks.

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