My job encompasses many areas at SCWF, but my biggest responsibilities fall under event planning and membership. My hope for SCWF is that we can continue to grow more effective in boldly representing ALL outdoor enthusiasts.
The 24th edition of the Women's Outdoor Retreat was a wonderful success! We had 214 people attend this year's event, including 51 volunteer instructors & staff. We owe a HUGE THANK YOU to our sponsors at Cabela's & Hickory Knob State Resort Park for their support of this event each year. We are also pleased to have the support of several outfitters and organizations - these partnerships enable us to provide a wide variety of activities conducted by a diverse group of expert instructors. A special thank you is due to the numerous individual volunteers who so willingly donate their time to share their knowledge and expertise.
We had a wonderful "Spiders of September" class yesterday - we ended up with quite a long list of species! Huge thanks to Austin Jenkins for leading our group and sharing his wealth of knowledge. Below are a few photos from the event, find more photos in our Flickr album HERE.
My name's Kristin, and I was hired back in March as SCWF's new Manager of Development and Events. I'm a Columbia College alum who majored in Writing for Print and Digital Media, so with our Wild Summer's Night Auction & Wild Game Feast recently behind us, I wanted to bring you a blog post on exactly how my first auction went.
Many thanks again to all of the donors, corporate sponsors, board members, volunteers, and other supporters who made such a successful auction possible!
SCWF is part of a large coalition of National, State and Local groups that have been actively fighting oil and gas exploration and development off of our precious coast. We are vehemently opposed to drilling off of our coasts as it would lead to great losses of our fisheries and our tourist industry. Since seismic testing is the first step along the pathway to drilling and is itself harmful, we are also opposed to this harmful practice.
To a crowd of nearly 400 people, the South Carolina Wildlife Federation 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.
Read our op-ed in the Post and Courier about the act granting presidents the authority to designate public lands as national monuments.
Our public lands and waters are an American birthright and are the foundation of America’s $887 billion outdoor economy. Almost a dozen groups representing more than 100,000 sportsmen in South Carolina sent this letter to our senators and representatives in support of public lands across America. Please read and share.
SCWF) has re-certified 30 Wildlife And Industry Together (W.A.I.T.) sites for 2017. The W.A.I.T. program recognizes industries in South Carolina who are dedicated to protecting the environment and who keep wildlife needs in mind when making their land management decisions. Requirements for certification include wildlife habitat enhancement projects, environmental education for employees, and community outreach.
We need you to contact Secretary of the Interior Zinke by this Friday, May 26, and let him know that full protection of national forests, parks, rangelands and national wildlife refuges should be his priority of the highest order. NOW is the time to nip in the bud any thoughts of diminishing land, waters and wildlife that belong to us all.
The W.A.I.T. certification recognizes several habitat protection & enhancement projects of Martin Marietta, including reclaiming land associated with a former slot mining operation across the street from the active quarry, and maintenance of quail and dove food plots. Future plans include installation of bat houses, duck and bird boxes, and conversion of a portion of the loblolly pine to a long-leaf pine ecosystem. An abundance of roads and numerous walking trails allow the site to be used for wildlife enhancement and educational opportunities for local schools, civic and church organizations.
On March 25, 2017, SCWF was invited to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of
the birthday of President Andrew Jackson at the Lancaster County South
Carolina state park honoring the seventh President of the United States of
America. Fittingly, the Leaf & Petal Garden Club Garden Club and York County Master
Gardeners created a Carolina Fence Garden on the grounds of an 18th-century
The first egg has been laid! Ospreys Ricky and Lucy have made their home on this slice of Lake Murray, South Carolina heaven for the last 4 years. Join us as we watch them up close and LIVE on this Lake Murray Osprey Webcam. Also catch up on their last four years by going to the Lake Murray Osprey Facebook Page.
From Day One in 1931, the South Carolina Wildlife Federation has been powered by individuals who believe the wildlife heritage of South Carolina is irreplaceable and must be preserved for future generations. In the beginning of each year, we make a big push to renew memberships so everyone can keep up with our varied education and habitat offerings, as well as track and take action on conservation concerns that impact us all.
We are thrilled to announce the addition of two new instructors to the program! Tim Lee has studied and taught as a naturalist and biologist throughout the southeast for more than 26 years and is an instructor for the Upstate Master Naturalist program. Steve Patterson is a former president of the Carolina Bird Club and an instructor for the Midlands Master Naturalist program. See full bios on our two new instructors below. Welcome Tim & Steve!