Join us for 2 opportunities to learn about vascular plants; identification and adaptations, on April 23 and 24, 2019. We still have room in lectures; please sign up. All are welcome! Click for more information and to register.
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Charleston County Parks and Recreation are partnering in Fishing Clinics and need volunteers. Please contact Olivia Y. Bueno [email:BuenoO@dnr.sc.gov] if interested in sharing your fishing skills with the next generation of anglers. You can become a certified SCDNR fishing instructor.
On Friday, June 14, 2019, from 6:30-8:30 pm, join a Master Naturalist instructor at Caw Caw County Park to figure some of the sounds from the natural world. We will listen for owls, frogs, and other creatures awake during the twilight hours (this will count as 2 hours of advanced training for SC master naturalists). Register here
Master Gardener and Coastal Master Naturalist Fall 2014 graduate, Linda Geronilla offers a lecture series to discuss the importance of creating healthy soils and a sustainable ecosystem in your own yard. Learn what “carbon gardening” is all about.
Land management is responsible for 30% of greenhouse gas emissions. First lecture is on improving soil and reducing greenhouse gases.
Please share with friends and family or bring a guest if you have already signed up!
Johns Island Public Library Auditorium – Friday, March 15, 1:00 – 2:30 pm FREE
Spring Native Plant Sale!
Saturday, March 16, 9 am – 12 noon
(SCNPS Members can start shopping at 8:30; volunteers can shop at 8:15.)
Charles Towne Landing parking lot, 1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston 29407
We have a great selection of native plants with many hard-to-find species — colorful perennials, shrubs, trees, grasses, ferns and edibles. A plant list is available on the SCNPS website: https://scnps.org/lowcountry-spring-2019-plant-sale-list
Cash, check, or credit card accepted. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own carts or wagons to facilitate movement of plants; box donations are also encouraged!
Admission to the plant sale is free. If you wish to explore Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, please pay admission in the Visitor Center.
For more information, or to volunteer, contact Eddie Bernard (firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-270-1112)
Lecture: The Southeastern Grasslands Initiative: A New Course for Conservation in the 21st Century
Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 pm, Biology Auditorium, 101 Duckett Hall, The Citadel
Dr. Dwayne Estes, Southeastern Grasslands Initiative
Grassland loss is the single greatest conservation issue currently facing eastern North American biodiversity. Southern grasslands are nearly extinct and the species that depend on them are fading fast. The Southeastern Grasslands Initiative (SGI) is a collaboration of leaders in international biodiversity conservation led by the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for Field Biology, in partnership with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, the North Carolina Botanical Garden, and Roundstone Native Seed. SGI seeks to integrate research, consultation, education, and grants to create innovative solutions to address the complex issues facing Southeastern grasslands.
Attend or Volunteer!
On Saturday, March 23rd, you’re invited to bring the family to the Awendaw Green and Sewee Outpost for a free event showcasing how controlled burns are making our communities safer and restoring native forests. For more information about attending click here.
The Nature Conservancy and other groups are once again having the Fire Festival, this time at an area around the Sewee Outpost. If you would like to volunteer to help direct traffic, welcome attendees, and help count attendee numbers, please email, Ed Siggelko, The Nature Conservancy, SC Chapter, State Volunteer Coordinator, at email@example.com.
YOU’RE INVITED TO
Holland Lifelong Learning Finale
& Annual Watershed Dinner
Friday, March 22
Finale: 6 – 7:30 p.m. | The American Theater
Dinner: 7:30 – 10 p.m. | The William Aiken House
What does the future of ocean exploration look like? What will we discover in this alien world? Will colonizing the ocean become a reality?
Explore these questions and more with ocean conservationist, Fabien Cousteau, at the Holland Lifelong Learning Finale. As the first grandchild of famed explorer, Jacques Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau has grown up with an innate connection to the marine world. A pioneer in his own right, Fabien is a filmmaker, scientist and aquanaut “dedicated to protecting the Earth’s waters and its inhabitants for our next generation.”
Join Fabien and an esteemed group of experts as they shed light on the deepest, darkest parts of our oceans, then enjoy an open bar, delicious food and live music at the Watershed Dinner.
Magnolia Gardens/SC Native Plant Society are hosting a Native Plant Forum on Saturday September 22. There are some terrific speakers lined up (Patrick McMillan, Richard Porcher & Joel Gramling) – this would count as an Advanced Training.
Coastal Master Naturalists Association is pleased to host Dr. Richard Porcher presenting a lecture on “Wildflowers in the Low Country”. This will explore the wildflowers in the low country (and writing/updating the book).
Since the 1950s, seabird populations have declined by nearly 70 percent worldwide, and most South Carolina seabird populations are in decline, largely due to loss of habitat, according to the Department of Natural Resources, which named Crab Bank a protected seabird sanctuary in 2006. Crab Bank is one of just five protected rookeries statewide, has been a prime nesting spot for pelicans and more than a dozen other species of sea- and shorebirds for decades, but its high ground has been washed over at high tide since Tropical Storm Irma. No birds have nested there this year.
Please join us in supporting Crab Bank renourishment in any way that you can.
September 13, 2018 from 6-8pm is a free lecture at the Charleston Museum to get more information and show your support. Click here for details and to register to attend.