Snakes of South Carolina
Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

Snakes of South Carolina

This class is currently full. There is a waiting list.

Do you want to learn more about our amazing SC snakes?  Come listen to local expert, Brandon Eargle, to hear about the variety of snakes we have in SC, what habitats support which species, and which species are in your area.  After the classroom portion, which will include live specimens commonly found in SC, we will walk Saluda Shoals park in search of snakes found in the midlands.

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Palmetto Pro Birder Kayak Trip
Sep
24
7:00 AM07:00

Palmetto Pro Birder Kayak Trip

  • 26 Crayne's Loop Prosperity, SC, 29127 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This class is currently full. There is a waiting list.

Be one of five guests to bird a beautiful secluded cove on the northwest side of Lake Murray! We will be birding on the water by kayak between a private farm and SC Game Management land. Warblers, buntings, grosbeaks, and more could be abundant, and our position from the water should offer spectacular views of the birds. A large creek meanders deep into the forest and the canopy creates a cathedral effect for kayakers, but also will create opportunities to see birds directly overhead.

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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

This event is currently full. There is a waiting list.

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
28
9:00 AM09:00

National Hunting & Fishing Day

Save the date for the 2019 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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Palmetto Pro Birder Field Day
Oct
2
7:30 AM07:30

Palmetto Pro Birder Field Day

  • Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come join us for a walk to view fall warblers, and other neo-tropical migratory birds at the Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve in Cayce!  Birds from the tropics, such as the Black-throated blue, Bay breasted warbler, and the Chestnut sided warbler could be seen, but we also have a chance to see some of our early wintering birds like kinglets, Yellow bellied sapsuckers, and possibly Blue-headed vireos.  As a bonus, a volunteer from the 12,000 Year History Park will also be attending to teach us about the rich history of the park!  This is an exciting time of transition in SC and I hope you join us for birds (with some SC history sprinkled in) at this wonderful park.  

Warbler note: Over 20 species of warblers have been identified in the first week of October in Lexington county in eBird!   

This class will be limited to 10 participants so sign up quickly if you're able to make it!  

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Spiders of September
Sep
17
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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Palmetto Pro Birder Field Day
Sep
15
7:00 AM07:00

Palmetto Pro Birder Field Day

  • South Carolina Botanical garden (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This class is currently full. There is a waiting list.

Come enjoy the magic of fall migration at the SC Botanical Garden! There are 3 miles of nature trails that meander through various types of habitat within this amazing 295 acre park. 28 warbler species have been identified at the park in the month of September based on eBird! Other neo-tropical migrants such as tanagers, grosbeaks, cuckoos, and thrushes, could also be seen! We'll start at 7am and will bird in the park for approximately 4 hours. We will then conclude the morning with lunch and a discussion about identifying these tricky, but beautiful, fall migratory birds. Please join our Habitat Education Manager, and bird fanatic, Jay Keck, for a wonderful bird walk in this beautiful park!

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Palmetto Pro Birder Field Day
Sep
14
7:00 AM07:00

Palmetto Pro Birder Field Day

  • South Carolina Botanical garden (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come enjoy the magic of fall migration at the SC Botanical Garden! There are 3 miles of nature trails that meander through various types of habitat within this amazing 295 acre park. 28 warbler species have been identified at the park in the month of September based on eBird! Other neo-tropical migrants such as tanagers, grosbeaks, cuckoos, and thrushes, could also be seen! We'll start at 7am and will bird in the park for approximately 4 hours. We will then conclude the morning with lunch and a discussion about identifying these tricky, but beautiful, fall migratory birds. Please join our Habitat Education Manager, and bird fanatic, Jay Keck, for a wonderful bird walk in this beautiful park!

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Spiders of September
Sep
3
9:30 AM09:30

Spiders of September

This class is currently full. There is a waiting list.

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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Swallowtail Kites in Allendale
Jul
25
9:00 AM09:00

Swallowtail Kites in Allendale

  • 1723 Barnwell Road Allendale, SC, 29810 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join SCWF for a visit to the historical pre-migration staging areas near Allendale, S.C. to observe Swallow-tail and Mississippi Kites as these magnificent birds prepare for their journey south.

John Cely (retired DNR), Al Segars (retired DNR) and David Youngblood (Lowcountry naturalist) will share the history and life story of these raptors with a classroom session prior to hitting the road in search of Kites.

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Wild Summer's Night Auction & Wild Game Feast
Jul
20
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
Jul
16
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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Day of the Dragon
Jul
9
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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Camp Wildwood
Jun
16
to Jun 22

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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Hands Across the Sand
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Hands Across the Sand

Join hands with people around the globe in silent solidarity to say NO to fossil fuels and YES to clean energy!

The mission of Hands Across the Sand: Bring together individuals and organizations to promote a clean energy future across the world and end our dependence on dirty fuels. Gather thousands of Americans and global citizens at beaches and cities to draw metaphorical and actual lines in the sand; human lines in the sand against fossil fuels that threaten our future. Move local, state, national and world leaders to adopt policies encouraging the growth of clean and renewable energy. An Opportunity of National and Global Importance Now is the time for citizens across the globe to join hands and steer our energy policy away from our dependence on fossil fuels and towards clean energy and renewables.

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

Palmetto Pro Birder Field Day

We're very excited to offer our first pro-birder class at the Ninety Six National Historic Site led by our very own, Jay Keck.  The site is one of his favorite locations to bird in the SC Piedmont due to the mixed pine and hardwood forests, rolling hills, and fields that create edges against forest and pond.  Early May is a perfect time to see a variety of migrating warblers, tanagers, buntings, and many others! Come join us for a walk on a property rich with SC history, and enjoy the sounds and sights of spring migration! 

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Intensive Pro Birder Field Day
May
2
7:30 AM07:30

Intensive Pro Birder Field Day

Are you ready to bird at the peak of spring migration? Are you ready to explore a 3674 acre preserve right outside of Columbia? If so, reserve your place for this high energy bird walk that will begin at Cook's mountain, which is positioned 372 feet above sea level, giving us a unique view of the landscape. We will then travel down the "mountain" to fields and floodplain in search of warblers, tanagers, buntings, and if we're lucky a noisy flock of bobolink. This will be a more intense birding walk, focusing on getting the participants views of as many bird species as possible, which might create some perspiration, but it will also create lifelong memories, and hopefully new birds on your life-list.

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Sassafras Mountain: Palmetto Pro Birder Field Day
Apr
26
9:00 AM09:00

Sassafras Mountain: 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 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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Postponed: ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge Tour
Apr
17
9:00 AM09:00

Postponed: ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge Tour

Join the South Carolina Wildlife Federation for an outing to one of the iconic ACE Basin destinations, Jehossee Island, part of the Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge. Trip will include introduction by Refuge Manager, Mark Purcell, sharing the amazing history of the approximately 12,000 acre refuge property. The group will then board small boats for a trip to Jehossee Island. Access to this property is very limited; this will be unique opportunity to see the beauty and hear the history of this beautiful ACE Basin jewel.  

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Snakes of South Carolina
Apr
10
10:00 AM10:00

Snakes of South Carolina

Do you want to learn more about our amazing SC snakes?  Come listen to local expert, Brandon Eargle, to hear about the variety of snakes we have in SC, what habitats support which species, and which species are in your area.  After the classroom portion, which will include live specimens commonly found in SC, we will walk Saluda Shoals park in search of snakes found in the midlands.

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Sandhills Botany at Peachtree
Apr
1
9:00 AM09:00

Sandhills Botany at Peachtree

Join us for a hike through Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve in Lexington County with expert botanist, Dr. John Nelson! We will begin at 9:00am, and spend the day exploring Sandhills ecology and botany of this 460-acre preserve which is co-managed by The Nature Conservancy and the SC Department of Natural Resources. Bring your lunch to enjoy on the trail, and we will have you back to your car around 2pm.

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Conservation Lobby Day & Oyster Roast
Mar
19
10:00 AM10:00

Conservation Lobby Day & Oyster Roast

Join the SC Conservation Coalition, a statewide alliance of 39 different conservation organizations, on March 19th for our annual day of lobbying and shucking in Columbia. That morning we will meet at 10 am 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!

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Midlands Master Naturalist Class 2019
Mar
15
to May 31

Midlands Master Naturalist Class 2019

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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Wildlife Habitat Workshop
Mar
14
12:00 PM12:00

Wildlife Habitat Workshop

Join us for this workshop to learn about gardening for wildlife in your own yard, and help enhance the wildlife habitat garden at the South Carolina Aquarium! Thanks to Volvo’s sponsorship, there is no charge for this workshop but space is limited and pre-registration is required.

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Carolina Sandhills NWR Workday
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Carolina Sandhills NWR Workday

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

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!

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Community Habitat Kick-Off
Feb
12
4:00 PM16:00

Community Habitat Kick-Off

Join us at Jake’s on Devine Street to learn more about SCWF's project to nationally certify Columbia as a Community Wildlife Habitat. Hear from Project Leader, Grace Allen, on how you can be a part of the initiative and can help wildlife in Columbia, big and small. A percentage of the proceeds during the event will go directly to funding the project. Contact mail@scwf.org if you have any questions.

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Cancelled: Carolina Sandhills NWR Workday
Dec
8
9:00 AM09:00

Cancelled: Carolina Sandhills NWR Workday

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

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.

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Birding Basics: Winter Bird Workshop
Dec
6
8:00 AM08:00

Birding Basics: Winter Bird Workshop

  • Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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2018 Annual SCWF Open House
Nov
27
8:00 AM08:00

2018 Annual SCWF Open House

It's time again for our yearly open house!

This year, we're switching things up and adding a second drop in time. You can stop by between 8am-10am OR 4pm-7pm (or both, if you're feeling sassy.)

What better way to start off Giving Tuesday than stopping in on your way to work to grab some complimentary coffee and treats, while also knocking out some of your holiday shopping at the same time? Have no fear if you're a night owl, though, because we'll have plenty of coffee, wine, and treats for our later crowd too.

You've got two opportunities to come hang out, chit chat with the staff (we're fun, I swear! Especially around pastries!) and get your hands on some bird-friendly coffee, books, and other great merch that you can gift to the conservationist in your life, or keep for yourself.

As usual, we'll be doing a raffle and will also have some fun door prizes.

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Free Birding Workshop
Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

Free Birding Workshop

Would you like to learn how to identify the birds you see in your backyard and around South Carolina? What about attracting birds to your own back yard? Want to understand what you can do to help our feathered friends thrive? Well here’s your chance. Come to Stormwater Studios on November 17 10am-12pm for a free workshop and hear Jay Keck speak on all those subjects and more. Free Family friendly event! Mark your calendars now!

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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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