Carolina Sandhills NWR Workday
Dec
8
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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Midlands Master Naturalist Class 2019
Mar
15
to May 31

Midlands Master Naturalist Class 2019

Dates are tentative. 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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Women's Outdoor Retreat 2019
Sep
27
to Sep 29

Women's Outdoor Retreat 2019

  • 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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Wildlife of the ACE Basin
Oct
16
9:00 AM09:00

Wildlife of the ACE Basin

Join South Carolina Wildlife Federation for a visit to beautiful Nemours Plantation on the banks of the Combahee River in the ACE Basin. This class will explore the rich diversity of wildlife in the ACE Basin with special emphasis on Bald Eagles, American Alligators, and wading birds.  You will hear how the rice culture altered the habitat available for these species, how that impacted (or benefited!) the wildlife, and current conservation efforts across the ACE Basin.  

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Birding Basics: Fall Migration
Oct
4
8:00 AM08:00

Birding Basics: Fall Migration

Join us for this beginning birding workshop to learn to identify common birds, with a special focus on the differences between spring and fall plumage of some of the migrating warbler species, as well as other species like summer and scarlet tanagers. Early October is the peak of fall migration, so many non-resident species will be moving through the Midlands.  

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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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National Hunting & Fishing Day
Sep
22
9:00 AM09:00

National Hunting & Fishing Day

Save the date for the 2018 National Hunting & Fishing Day in upstate SC!!  Join us for FREE outdoor activities for all ages!  More details will be posted on this page as they become available.  Times listed here are tentative, but the date and location are confirmed - mark it on your calendar and plan to join us! 

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Spiders of September
Sep
11
9:30 AM09:30

Spiders of September

CANCELLED - this event has been cancelled due to our state’s preparations for Hurricane Florence.  

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
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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Camp Wildwood
Jun
17
to Jun 23

Camp Wildwood

  • Kings Mountain State Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Camp Wildwood is a fun filled week during which students can experience the many aspects of their natural environment. It is a place to discover that we are part of nature and everything we do in some way affects the natural balance. At Camp Wildwood, you acquire the knowledge and appreciation needed for the protection and wise use of our natural resources.

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Santee Birding: Palmetto Pro Birder Module
May
11
to May 12

Santee Birding: Palmetto Pro Birder Module

  • Santee National Wildlife Refuge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Santee area has become a haven for birds and birders, alike. From open waters to open fields and hardwood canopies to pine wood edges, the diversity of habitats lend to an amazing diversity of birds, with nearly 300 species observed.  This class will explore the Bluff Unit of the Santee National Wildlife Refuge, as well as the Walworth Plantation on the other side of Lake Marion.  Walworth is owned by Martin-Marietta, who is a partner in SCWF’s Wildlife And Industry Together (WAIT) program, and is managing the land to improve wildlife habitat.  Migrating warblers and vireos will be seen, as well as beautiful wading birds found along the shores of Lake Marion. Several species of birds of prey will likely be seen hunting the open fields and waters.

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Horseshoe Crabs & Shorebirds
Apr
29
to Apr 30

Horseshoe Crabs & Shorebirds

Join Dr. Al Segars (retired veterinarian with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources) on a visit to beautiful Harbor Island. Harbor is located adjacent to Hunting Island State Park and is a major site for horseshoe crab spawning as well as a critical stopover for migrating shorebirds.  Nick Wallover, veteran shorebird biologist with SCDNR, will discuss the importance of the stopover sites in South Carolina for migrating birds as well as challenges for our local nesters.

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Mountain Bird Migration: Palmetto Pro Birder Field Day
Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Mountain Bird Migration: Palmetto Pro Birder Field Day

Join SCWF & instructor Tim Lee as we bird South Carolina’s Blue Ridge! 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 higher elevations where 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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Carolina Bay Training
Apr
6
9:00 AM09:00

Carolina Bay Training

This one-day class will focus on Carolina Bays, a unique anomaly present in the Carolina Sandhills and Coastal Plain.  These odd depressions in the landscape have puzzled naturalists for many decades.  They host an important and unique ecology because of their hydrology.  While isolated from any tributaries, they often hold water for long periods of time.  Many plants and animals have come to specialize on these conditions.  Savage Bay presents a unique opportunity for observation because of its accessibility and the beautiful Pond Cypress Savanna within.  After our saunter through the bay, we’ll travel down the road to Goodale State Park and explore the pond edge for some Sandhills aquatic plant life and search for critters in the black water of Big Pine Tree Creek.

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Wildlife of the ACE Basin
Apr
3
9:00 AM09:00

Wildlife of the ACE Basin

Join South Carolina Wildlife Federation for a visit to beautiful Nemours Plantation on the banks of the Combahee River in the ACE Basin. This class will explore the rich diversity of wildlife in the ACE Basin with special emphasis on Bald Eagles, American Alligators, and wading birds.  You will hear how the rice culture altered the habitat available for these species, how that impacted (or benefited!) the wildlife, and current conservation efforts across the ACE Basin.  

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Sewee Fire Festival
Mar
24
11:00 AM11:00

Sewee Fire Festival

  • Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bring the family on March 24 to discover how controlled burns are making our communities safer and restoring native forests. See a safe, live burn up close!*  Meet Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl, hear live music all day, experience the red wolf program at 11:15 a.m., food vendors, and much more!!

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Conservation Lobby Day & Oyster Roast
Mar
20
10:00 AM10:00

Conservation Lobby Day & Oyster Roast

Join the SC Conservation Coalition, a statewide alliance of 39 different conservation organizations, on March 20th for our annual day of lobbying and shucking in Columbia.

That morning we will meet at 10 am at 1208 Washington St for Advocacy Training. After that, we will head to the Statehouse for an opportunity to speak with lawmakers about conservation issues.

Then, that evening at 5:30 pm, we will meet up with fellow conservationists and legislators at 701 Whaley St. in the Market Building for some delicious Bowens Island oysters and live music from Mountain Trout.

Don’t miss out… register HERE!

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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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National Wildlife Week
Mar
12
to Mar 16

National Wildlife Week

For people across the nation, this week is a chance to learn more about the incredible animals native to North America, their habitats, and how we can help them thrive. This year we’re highlighting some of those species as we hit the road to the Final Fur and providing educational resources for students to take action in order to save our treasured species.

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Pro Birder Field Day
Feb
21
9:00 AM09:00

Pro Birder Field Day

  • Clemson Sandhill Research & Education Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Whether you are a beginning birder or need a refresher on the basics, this workshop will help you hone your birding skills! This day will be a combination of classroom and time out in the field, and 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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Rachel Carson - Silent Spring
Feb
12
2:00 PM14:00

Rachel Carson - Silent Spring

Caroline McIntyre will appear as Rachel Carson and speak in Carson’s profound, prophetic and poetic words. It is a powerfully uplifting glimpse of a personal struggle, witness for nature and ground -breaking crusade against the reckless pollution of our living world. The audience will be able to question and dialog with this expert on the work of Rachel Carson and share their own experiences.

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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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