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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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