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Carolina Sandhills NWR Workday

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

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, March 2, 2019.  Begun in 1998, the workday is an annual project of the SC Wildlife Federation.  The focus of this year’s workday will be a litter sweep.  Unfortunately, refuge roads and waysides have increased litter and staff are desperate for some help.  With more than 150 miles of roads, it is an overwhelming task!  While it’s not glamorous, it is a task than people of all ages and abilities can help! It’s a great project for students needing service hours!   

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. 

Following the litter sweep, 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.

For more information about the workday, please e-mail the refuge at, or call the refuge office at 843-335-8350. 

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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Community Habitat Kick-Off
Later Event: March 14
Wildlife Habitat Workshop