Coastal Master Naturalists...

Drawing Outdoors – Learn tips and techniques to create accurate sketches

Join us for a morning class, Saturday, July 28, 2018, 10:00am-12:00pm, on drawing with pencil.  This can improve your observation skills and enhance your nature journals. Meg Skow (wife of recent MN graduate Eric Skow) offering this class at Caw Caw classroom.  CMNA members – free, Master Naturalist not current members of CMNA $5.00

Use link here for more details and to sign up. Limited seating!

Edisto Island Beach Clean Up – June 30, 2018 10:00 – 12:00 Beach Access 13

Join CMNA on Edisto Island Beach to Clean Up the Beach!
June 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Beach Access 13, Palmetto Blvd. Edisto Island, SC

The Coastal Master Naturalist Association (CMNA) has adopted Edisto Island through the South Carolina Adopt-A-Beach Program.

The Adopt-A-Beach program is part of the DHEC Marine Debris Initiative and is a great way for us to make a significant contribution to the preservation of our coastal environment. Everyone who participates in a beach cleanup becomes an advocate for the beach against litter. Thanks to everyone working to keep our coast clean and healthy!

Please sign-up using SignUp Genius , or show up, more the merrier!

If you have any questions or problems signing up, please contact Debbie Seabrook debbieseabrook13@gmail.com

Advanced Training – Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission

Summer is here!  Are you in need of advanced training hours or general nature enrichment? Here are CCPRC’s upcoming programs that count as Master Naturalist Advanced Training opportunities. These are registration-required programs. If you are interested in these programs, please register ASAP. If they do not meet minimum requirements (which are kept low) they cancel three days prior to the program date. To register online, follow the link to CCPRC’s registration area. Click on the “Cultural and Natural History’ tab to find these offerings OR call (843)795-4386 and simply reference the course number to the Program Services Agent. The Master Naturalist instructors hope to see you in the field soon!

Sunrise Canoeing At Caw Caw
Glide silently past feeding herons and witness features hidden to trail-bound visitors by canoeing Caw Caw’s waterways. These interpretive paddles offer a unique look into the ecology of the Lowcountry. Trained naturalists will enlighten you to the cultural and natural history of the area, citing important connections to the past, present, and future.

Tuesday 7-24 from 6:00 – 9:00am

Fees: $30.00

To register: https://online.activecommunities.com/charleston/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp?UseLink=true&Course=true&aid=1501

Course Number: 56254

Folly Beach Bird Walks (TWO dates)
From inlet to inlet, birding experts help participants explore the wonderfully diverse areas of Folly Beach. Our spotting scope will help you see shorebirds, seabirds, songbirds, and raptors too.

Friday 7-13 from 8:30-10:30am at Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve : Course number 56072

Friday 8-10 from 8:30-10:30am at Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve : Course number 56073

Fees: $7.00

To register: https://online.activecommunities.com/charleston/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp?UseLink=true&Course=true&aid=2293

Nature Rambles- Jaunt Around Johns Island County Park
Join a Master Naturalist instructor to see the natural wonders of our parks in a new light. You’ll discover plants and animals and learn about their connections to the world around them.

Thursday 7-19 from 8:30- 10:30am at Johns Island County Park

Fees: $7.00

To register: https://online.activecommunities.com/charleston/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp?UseLink=true&Course=true&aid=2286

Course number: 56429

Members Invited to CMNA BOD meeting – Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. May 2, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Attention current CMNA members: if you want to observe a CMNA Board meeting, you are welcome to attend Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, at Main Library, 68 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC 29401.

We are looking for members who are interested in serving on the Board in the future; members who want to help with small projects; members who have ideas for training, events or volunteer opportunities.

Contact Debbie Seabrook for more information.

debbieseabrook13@gmail.com

Advanced Training: May 17, 2018 CCPRC presents “Nature Soundscape: How To Really Tune In”

A training opportunity designed with you in mind!

Advanced training opportunities provide exposure and skill development in areas such as natural history, natural resource management, and nature interpretation. In order to keep your Master Naturalist certification current, you must take at least eight hours of advanced training per year.

Nature´s Soundscape: How to Really Tune In

Hearing is often the best sense to use for experiencing certain facets of our environment, and every place has its own unique sounds. Hone listening skills to enhance your connection to the natural world.

Thursday  05-17-2018  9:00AM – 3:00PM   Caw Caw Interpretive Center  Fees: $50.00  Registration requiredlink to register

Volunteer Opportunity at Caw Caw Interpretive Center – Caterpillars Count!

We have a fledgling Caterpillars Count! survey site at Caw Caw.

Caterpillars Count! is a citizen science project for measuring the seasonal variation, also known as phenology, and abundance of arthropods like caterpillars, beetles, and spiders found on the foliage of trees and shrubs. The data you collect on the abundance and phenology of caterpillars and other insects during the growing season (spring and summer) is used by researchers to relate trends in arthropod populations to bird population trends in those same areas, and to better understand how changes in climate and land use impact the plants and animals around us.

Join us as we conduct surveys every Thursday in May starting at 10:45 am. (May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31)

A complete survey consists of looking at 50 leaves on each designated tree or shrub. There are 50 trees and shrubs specified around Caw Caw from the classroom area to Laurel Hill area.

found on Caterpillars Count! survey

We are organizing and training volunteers to survey either with this group or on their own.  This opportunity will continue all spring and summer. You can participate as often as you want.  Please come and join us counting the arthropods.  This is a great way to volunteer for a citizen science project and to visit our wonderful Caw Caw Interpretive Center.

Contact Debbie Seabrook at debbieseabrook13@gmail.com for more information or just show up!

 

 

Volunteer Opportunity – Beach Program Volunteers needed on May 25 from 8:45-11:00 at Folly Beach County Park

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

The Education Department of the Charleston County Parks is requesting Beach Program Volunteers on May 25 from 8:45-11:00 at Folly Beach County Park.

On May 25th approximately 200 middle schools students are scheduled to visit Folly Beach County Park to participate in seining programs. The Park’s ED team is requesting eight volunteers to assist in setting up for programs, pulling seine nets in the surf zone, and packing up supplies after class. Students will be divided into small groups and volunteers will be paired up with a Park educator. If interested, please email Beth Burkett at bburkett@ccprc.com to sign up. Volunteers will be asked to register with the Park’s volunteer system.

Seining at beach

 

Volunteer Opportunity – Congaree National Park Annual Synchronous Fireflies Event May 11 – 20, 2018

Congaree National Park’s Visitor Center will be open till 10pm from Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 20 for the annual synchronous fireflies event. They are expecting thousands of visitors and will need LOTS of volunteer assistance. They will need help with the following:
  • Law Enforcement rangers will need 4-6 volunteers every night to assist with traffic and parking
  • The Visitor Center will need 2-4 volunteers nightly
  • They will be creating a “Fireflies Trail” starting at the Picnic Shelter and will need 2-4 volunteers to be at the shelter and to rove the trail.
This is an all-hands event for the park staff and they will be getting assistance from other National Park Service sites and from the South Carolina State Park Service. Even with this help, volunteers are going to be essential to this event’s success. If you have been interested in volunteering at the park, now would be a good time to start. Contact Greg Cunningham (gregory_cunningham@nps.gov) if interested.

Invasive Plant Hunt at Caw Caw Interpretive Center April 23, 2018

There are still two spots left for the Invasive Plant Hunt at Caw Caw Interpretive Center on April 23, 2018. Limited number of participants, so please email Debbie Seabrook at debbieseabrook13@gmail.com to get on the list.

We will begin with a brief lecture about invasive plant species and then a two hours of hunting and reducing the invasive plant species at CCIC (our tribe’s home away from home).  We will be organized into small groups and supervised by park staff for this event. There will be a scribe with each group to record data on types and numbers of plants located and treated.  After, please hang out for a BYOB (Bring Your Own BAG) lunch at the picnic shelter, if you can.