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Wood Magic Forest Fair Volunteers Needed!!

Consider volunteering your time to help South Carolina’s students know the importance of forests and the forest industry to their everyday lives.

There will be three events this fall:

            Piedmont Forestry Center (Tamassee)-September 20-23

            Harbison State Forest (Columbia)-October 10-14

            Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center (Georgetown)-November 15-18

To conduct these programs they need approximately 30 volunteers each day to serve as guides, instructors, and helpers.  Each volunteer is given a t-shirt, lunch, and the satisfaction that they have helped provide the youth of our state an important pro-forestry experience.  

To sign up, first visit the WMFF instructors’ web site at to see what days and positions are available (this is updated weekly). You can also find lesson plans, driving directions, and other information at this site. Then contact Matt Schnabel, Assistand WMFF Coordinator at or 803-896-8892 to let him know for which days and positions you would like to volunteer. (Please note the above website is not where you sign up, but where you see what volunteer slots are still needing to be filled.


Volunteers Needed for the Annual SC Coastal Raptor Migration Survey!!

Fall is rapidly approaching and that means one thing… Hawk Watch is back! The Center for Birds of Prey is recruiting volunteers for the annual South Carolina Coastal Raptor Migration Survey and would love your help! The survey runs September 1st through November 30th and standard observation hours are 10am-1pm, but observation beyond these hours is welcomed. Their goal is to have a shift leader (someone who is knowledgeable about raptor identification and has participated in a hawk program in the past) and at least one observer (anyone interested in participating, not necessarily an experienced birder). Protocols for Hawk Watch will be to complete the standard HMANA data sheet.

Please contact Audrey Poplin, Husbandry Coordinator and Educator at The Center for Birds of Prey at or call 843.971.7474


Volunteer as an Audubon Shorebird Steward!

An Audubon Shorebird Steward is a volunteer who will educate beach goers about shorebirds and seabirds that use the beach. There is a lot of information about beach birds that is unknown to the general public. This program is a strategy to reduce human disturbances to nesting and migrating birds as well as enlighten the beach going public about this often overlooked yet fascinating group of birds. To become a shorebird steward this summer, you MUST attend a training session.

The next training session:

Time: 9:30am – 11:30am

Date: Saturday, April 30

Location: Caw Caw Interpretive Center, 5200 Savannah Highway, Ravenel, SC 29470

Training sign up:

Please RSVP by following the link above.

If you are interested but cannot make it to this training, please email to request a separate training time.

2016 Steward Training

Share our Seas

Volunteers Needed for the Bulls Bay Nature Festival ~ May 21st 2016

The Seewee Center needs volunteers for the Bulls Bay Nature Festival on May 21st. Volunteers will help with checking people in, guiding them to activities, taking photos of the activities, etc. Here is a list of the activities that are planned. BBNF Activity Descriptions 2016-Draft

For more information about the festival please click this link.

Volunteers should contact Gina McQuilken at (860-961-6019)  or


Volunteers needed to help monitor Least Terns nesting sites!!

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources currently needs help monitoring Least Terns nesting on rooftops in the area. Volunteers would be responsible for visiting the site at least once a week (or more if you can) at any time of day and recording observations using a designated form (observations are made from the ground  – no one goes on the roof). Observation details include: looking for behavior like fish carrying, flushing from the roof, etc.  When chicks have hatched and are mobile, volunteers will walk around the building looking for chicks on the ground, catch them, and get them back on the roof (this is an important component).  All chick catching equipment and ways to return chicks to roof will be provided and discussed. 

If anyone is available to volunteer, please call  Mary-Catherine Martin (SCDNR Wildlife Biologist) at or 843-509-4845. She would be glad for folks to do a nesting site visit with her to see if this is something they can volunteer to do. For further info, visit this link:

Least Tern

The Charleston Parks Conservancy is seeking volunteers!!

The Charleston Parks Conservancy is seeking volunteers with Naturalist skills to work with a series of Children’s programs for ages 7-12.  The series of four classes will take place at Tiedemann Nature Center (downtown Charleston) 4-5pm on Tuesdays in May and Mondays in September.   Activities include building toad abodes, taking a closer look at the connections between insects and plants, getting an up close look with carnivorous plants and making seed paper. Volunteers will work alongside staff and a background check is required.  For more information please contact Neves Richards, the Volunteer and Community Events Director with the Charleston Parks Conservancy at or 843 224-4581

CHS Parks

SCORE Volunteer Opportunity ~ Saturday April 16th 2016

Join SCORE for their annual Earth Day event at Ft. Johnson. The tides are right for a reef build and for added incentive, the 16th is also the last day of National Volunteer Week!

Here are the details: Saturday, 4/16/15, 9:30 am – 11:30 am Ft. Johnson, Charleston, SC

SCORE also has availability for groups in June and July. If your company or organization is looking for a service opportunity, please contact us at to set an event up. They can work with organizations of all sizes. No group is too large or small.

SCORE has other events this month and in the coming months that they could use extra hands at. Volunteer opportunities can be found here. If you would like to join them for any event, please RSVP to so they may plan accordingly. Some events may be limited to the number of volunteers that they can accommodate so it is important that they are aware if you plan to attend. For any event, closed-toed shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting dirty are a must!! They will provide water, gloves, sunscreen, and bug spray. They will have single use cups for water but encourage volunteers to be eco-friendly and bring a refillable bottle. Also, be sure to share this email with friends and family via the links provided above! We are hoping for a large turnout! The SCORE team is looking forward to seeing everyone on the shoreline this spring!

SCORE Program ~ South Carolina Department of Natural Resources ~ (843) 953-9842




Morris Island Beach Cleanup ~ Saturday April 16th 2016

Morris Island is an iconic place known for its beautiful natural environment and historic lighthouse, yet the island is inundated with marine debris and plastic pollution. Join the Coastal Conservation League, Charleston Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, Charleston Waterkeeper, and the South Carolina Aquarium on Saturday, April 16, at 8:30 AM to help clean up the island. Tideline Tours and Atlantic Breeze are donating transportation to and from the island for participants without a boat and those spaces are already full. If you do have your own boat, feel free to join this stewardship event. The clean up is expected to last around three hours.

Let’s help the island not look like this…..

Morris Island


Charleston County’s 17th Earth Day Festival ~ Saturday April 23rd 2016

The purpose of Charleston County’s Annual Earth Day Festival is to educate Lowcountry residents about environmental issues in a celebratory atmosphere. The festival is a hands-on science-based interactive experience, designed to encourage participants of all ages to develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues. Earth Day was established in 1970 and is now celebrated by a half-billion people around the world. We are doing our part locally by celebrating with families, students, and environmental partners. Our theme this year is “Be Earth Smart”

It’s FUN. And it’s FREE! All festival activities and parking are free and there may still be volunteer opportunities. Click here for more details.


Volunteers Needed for Horseshoe Crab Beach Surveys!

SCDNR can use your help with their annual Horseshoe Crab beach survey in Beaufort County, SC, where they’ll be performing mark-recapture tagging and population surveys of spawning horseshoe crab populations.  They will be performing these surveys the day of, and the day after full and new moon high tides in May and June at three sites per night. This will stretch their team a bit thin, and in order to sample an appropriate amount of sites, they will be relying on the help of volunteers to assist the effort!

They will need about nine to twelve volunteers per evening as they plan to have three, 4 -5 person crews/evening at different sites on St. Helena and Hilton Head Islands.  Crews will enjoy a nightly walk on the beach (500 meter transect counting and identifying sex of Horseshoe Crabs), and, on the first night of the two night set, hands-on animal interaction (tagging of Horseshoe Crabs)! Volunteers will be required to wear close-toed shoes or boots, and be prepared to survey in water up to the thigh or waist.

If this sounds like it suits your fancy, please visit this survey monkey link to sign up for days and sites.  Please notice that there are additional opportunities in late May to help their birder friends from Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries with the same surveys in Bulls Bay.  The slots will be first come first serve, if they get enough interest.  Sign up deadline is 4/8/2016!  Stephen Czwartacki, SCDNR Wildlife Biologist, will send all who sign up, an email with more details once the results are in.  Please feel free to contact him with any questions at (843) 953-9068 or