Lowcountry Native Plant Sale ~ March 19th 2016

Save-the-Date now and dream about getting your spring planting started! There will be a great selection of native plants and they will be ordering extra pollinator-friendly plants to help native bees, butterflies, moths and bats. Admission to the plant sale is free. If you wish to explore Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, please pay admission in the visitor’s center. Feel free to visit this site for more details http://scnps.org/lowcountry-spring-2016-plant-sale.

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Why Zoos and Aquariums Matter Presentation ~ February 19th 2016

Join a legendary panel of conservation luminaries, including celebrated oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, as they look at how aquariums, zoos and other conservation institutions help to increase our capacities for concern, empathy, affection and care for the whole community of life. “Why Do Zoos and Aquariums Matter?” is the finale event in the Holland Lifelong Learning series, and is made possible through a partnership with the Center for Humans and Nature. The event takes place Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. Visit this link for more information and/or to register http://scaquarium.org/why-zoos-and-aquariums-matter-join-the-conversation/  

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Francis Marion Forest Cleanup ~ February 6th 2016

The 9th Annual Francis Marion Forest cleanup will be held February 6, starting at 8:00am. Lunch and supplies will be provided by PalmettoPride. Individual volunteers, please meet us at Francis Marion National Forest Headquarters located at 2967 Steed Creek Rd. Huger, SC 29450. Please go to the following website for details or call 1-877-725-7733 to register. http://palmettopride.org/9th-annual-francis-marion-national-forest-cleanup/

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Friends of Coastal SC Presentation ~ February 4th 2016

Join the Friends of Coastal South Carolina (formally known as the Sewee Association), this Thursday for a great opportunity to hear about the various ways they help support our local national forest and coastal national wildlife refuges, and how their environmental education programs provide students with opportunities to participate in environmental stewardship projects.  The local Sierra Club – Robert Lunz Group is hosting a presentation by Grace Gasper, Executive Director, and Emily Scott, Environmental Education Programs Coordinator, on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 7:00pm at MUSC Baruch Auditorium, 284 Calhoun Street. This presentation is free and open to the public.

For more info go to the websites: http://www.sierraclub.org/south-carolina/robert-lunz and  http://www.sccoastalfriends.org/

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Master Naturalist Nametags

Master Naturalists who gave Cindy Ashley their name tag at the annual meeting on January 10th – can now pick it up at Caw Caw Interpretive Center.  Also, anyone that has completed the required hours for 2015 and qualifies for a jewel – needs to drop off their name tag at Caw Caw by the end of the month for the jewels to be applied by Ms. Ashley. If you have any questions feel free to email her at ckashley@aol.com.

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Invasive Plant Removal Volunteer Opportunity on Sullivan’s Island

The accreted land at Sullivan’s Island is a publicly accessible oceanfront natural area that contains approximately 200 acres of native vegetation. Most of this land is less than 50 years old. In fact, when it was placed in the Lowcountry Open Land Trust in the early 1990s, it was aproximately 120 acres. It is a great example of maritime succession and a wonderful living laboratory to study the flora and fauna accociated with the various habitats found within the maritime zone.

The land stretches over 2 miles along the harbor entrance and ocean from in front of Ft. Moultrie up to just past Station 28. The area along the Station 16 beach path is the deepest and most mature area. It also contains a depressional wetland. The Town applied for and received Charleston County Greenbelt funding for construction of a nature trail in 2013, and in 2015 the first phase of this project became a reality. Looping west off the Station 16 beachpath, the Sullivan’s Island Nature Trail consists of over 2000 feet of paths, boardwalks, viewing platforms and benches designed specifically for nature viewing and outdoor enjoyment. http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150612/PC16/150619791/maritime-forest-boardwalk-on-sullivan-x2019-s-island-offers-a-slice-of-nature

Unfortunately,  living within this quickly – evolving system, there are several invasive plant species. Chinese tallow has established a strong foothold in our main wetland as well as many surrounding depressions and swales. Chinese wisteria (a rather uncommon double flowering form) has a stranglehold on nearly an acre at the entrance to Station 16 beachpath.  Beautiful, yes, but deadly to what is the best stand of live oaks. There are smaller amounts of others, such as China berry and eleagnus. But a big menace is Chinese privet. It favors the drier wooded areas. We have every stage of it from large seed producing trees to small suckering stands to seedlings…LOTS of seedlings!

So, the primary focus of the volunteer work would be physical removal of invasives, primarily privet with a pointed tip round shovel and wisteria with loppers. Boots would be a good idea, waterproof or otherwise, but there’s dry ground there, too. Long sleeves and pants to combat briars and poison ivy! A secondary focus could be trail maintenance in the form of plant and litter removal, both of which there is minimal need.

Tools required by participants – pointed shovel or loppers or both.

Skills required – none 

Contact Jeff Jackson  at Lowcountryroots@aol.com 

Please note in your response the days of the week that often most work best for you, previous experience with invasive removal or pesticide use, and whether you have plant ID, map – reading, or and other skills you feel may be useful on this project.

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Roxbury Park Bird Count ~ Volunteers Needed ~ February 15th 2016

Spend President’s Day morning volunteering for the THIRD annual Roxbury Park Bird Count! The primary count will take place between 9:00am and 12:00pm. This is when they will divide the park up into sections and cover the entire park at one time.  They will also be watching key areas of the park from before sunrise until after sunset, as well as doing supplemental counts throughout the afternoon. Their priority is a species total, but for raptors and more unusual birds – an actual number of birds is nice to have. A great way to practice birding skills and contribute as a citizen scientist!

Feel free to visit this link for more details about Roxbury Park and please email Ken Carman at kcthetc1@yahoo.com to let him know if you will join the event.

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STEM Festival is looking for volunteers! ~ February 6th 2016

The Charleston STEM Festival is a celebration of science, technology, engineering and math in the Lowcountry. The 3rd annual festival will be a highly visible outdoor event that provides opportunity for engagement and exchange between children, teens, families, and local STEM professionals. This exciting event will take place on February 6, 2016 from 10am-3pm at Brittlebank Park in Charleston, SC and will feature ~50 exhibitors who will provide hands-on activities, live performances, interactive demonstrations, and family-oriented STEM entertainment. After the festival, Partner Events will occur throughout the Lowcountry.

For more information and to register for volunteering visit the following links:

Charleston STEM Festival Website: charlestonstemfest.org

Volunteer Tasks/Signup: http://vols.pt/e9pmKy

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Certified Interpretive Guide Training Workshop ~ February 2nd-5th 2016

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation, is offering a professional certification course for individuals who will be delivering interpretive programs or having public contact at interpretive sites.  The Certified Interpretive Guide program is designed for anyone who delivers interpretive programs to the public. It combines both the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical skills in delivering quality interpretive programming to visitors.

For more information and to register, please visit http://www.interpnet.com/nai/nai/_certification/CIG_Workshops/CIG-2016-02-SC.aspx.

Questions? Contact Beth Burkett at bburkett@ccprc.com.

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Roxbury Park Volunteer Opportunities

Roxbury Park in Meggett, SC list of current and future Volunteer Opportunities, according to Ken Carman, Roxbury’s Naturalist and Caretaker:

  1. Helping to develop and maintain a wildflower pollinator and garden, including bed preparation and planting.
  2. Helping to build a new trail in the Park.
  3. Annual Bird Count on February 15, 2016.
  4. General help with pruning and mulching in various locations around the Park.
  5. Contact Ken Carman for more details and to get involved, kcthetc1@yahoo.com.