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Cancelled: Carolina Sandhills NWR Workday

  • Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge 23734 U.S. Highway 1 McBee, SC 29101 United States (map)

Unfortunately, due to weather, this event has been cancelled. Most of the planned projects involved painting which cannot be done in the rain. Several of the areas are also flooded, which makes projects in those areas impossible. If the Refuge staff is able to reschedule the workday, we will create a new event posting, and will notify everyone who expressed interest in this event.

Friends, volunteers and staff of Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge along with the SC Wildlife Federation will host a workday at the refuge on Saturday, December 8, 2018.  Begun in 1998, the workday is an annual project of the SC Wildlife Federation.  Plan to join us for a day of learning about refuge wildlife as you help conserve and protect valuable natural resources.  Anticipated projects include maintaining trails, installing trail and boundary signs, litter pick-up, and repairing boardwalks and kiosks. 

Following the morning projects, the Friends of Carolina Sandhills NWR will treat all volunteers to a barbecue lunch and learn with featured speaker Johnny Stowe.  Johnny is a Wildlife Biologist and Forester with the SC Department of Natural Resources.  Johnny has spent his career studying the intersection of culture and ecology in southern woodlands, particularly focusing on fire.  He is a fascinating and passionate speaker who will inspire your own sense of wonder for the longleaf pine ecosystem and a management tool as old as civilization itself.

Participants should wear field clothes, comfortable shoes, and bring work gloves and water.  Volunteers will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Headquarters Office located 3.5 miles east of McBee on US Highway 1.  The workday will conclude at noon and participants are invited to the planned “Lunch and Learn” at Lake Bee, where lunch will be provided.  For more information about the workday, please e-mail the refuge at, or call the refuge office at 843-335-8350.  If you plan to bring a group, please call ahead so that we can plan and assign appropriate projects for your group.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to this event for all participants.  Persons needing reasonable accommodations in order to participate should contact the refuge at the provided phone number or email.  In order to allow sufficient time to process requests, please contact us for assistance by close of business November 30, 2018.

Established in 1939, Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge contains rolling sand hills dominated by the longleaf pine-wiregrass ecosystem.  Along with the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, the refuge is home to more than 190 species of birds, 42 species of mammals, 41 species of reptiles, and 25 species of amphibians.  More than 800 species of plants have been identified on the refuge, including rare species of pitcher plants, Well’s pixie-moss, and the white-wicky.

The Friends of Carolina Sandhills NWR is a group of citizens dedicated to supporting the role of the refuge in protecting and preserving the longleaf-wiregrass ecosystem; promoting the enjoyment and responsible use of the refuge by the public; and engaging in educational and civic activities to promote the refuge and wise stewardship of its resources.


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