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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 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


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 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 ( if interested.

Dolphin Count April 28, 2018

Want to be a scientist for a day? Sign up for the Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network’s Dolphin Count on April 28, 2018.  Sign up here!

Research has shown that there is little awareness in the Charleston community about our local dolphin population. There are approximately 300 individual dolphins that call Charleston home year-round. The aim of this event is to give a general “snapshot” of the dolphin population in the Charleston Harbor over a short period of time. As well as gaining valuable research data, we hope this event will raise awareness about the conservation of our marine environment. Marine mammal experts and trained volunteers will be at each of the eleven (maybe more) stations to give instructions, lead counts and will be prepared to answer questions about dolphins. 

6th Annual Bulls Bay Nature Festival – From the Forest to the Sea, Saturday May 19, 2018

Get outside! Bulls Bay community federal and state organizations, schools and businesses come together once again to bring you the 6th annual Bulls Bay Nature Festival – From the Forest to the Sea.  Volunteer Opportunities for the Bulls Bay 2018 Nature Festival; to go to their sign up genius page click here.

Or mark you calendar to attend! More information on the event click here

Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network- Dolphin Count April 28, 2018

Dolphin Count is Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network’s first citizen scientist event, partnered with the SC Aquarium, to raise awareness about dolphins and LMMN. While the idea is to collect dolphin numbers, the main objective is community engagement and awareness.  Opportunities for assisting with the organization of the event are available, contact Lauren Rust <>

Or mark your calendar and join the Count on April 28th!  More information click here.

CCPRC Beach Program Volunteer wanted

The Education Department of the Charleston County Parks is requesting a Beach Program Volunteer on March 26, 2018, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the Isle of Palms County Park.

Under the supervision of the Education Department the beach program volunteer will assist in the implementation of marine sciences programs.  This may include, but not ilimited to: setting up for beach programs, pulling seine netsin the surf zone, assisting in teaching of children, cleaning up after programs and assisting in the maintenance of beach program supplies.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of local marine fish and invertebrates
  • Knowledge of coastal processes
  • Knowledge of local flora found on South Carolina Barrier Islands
  • Ability to work with large groups of school children
  • Ability to function outdoors in a wide range of weather conditions
  • Ability to make competent decisions
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service to our park visitors
  • Ability to follow instructions effectively and wour in a responsible and competent manner
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious relationships

If interested please email Beth Burkett at to sign up.  Volunteers will be asked to register with the Park’s volunteer system.


Shorebird Steward Training at Caw Caw, February 20, 2018 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Shorebird Stewards is a program that engages a growing group of volunteers to protect coastal birds. Volunteers patrol high-traffic beaches where birds are on a collision course with weekend crowds and help visitors share the shore with birds.At the training, you’ll be introduced to shorebird and seabird species and learn how to approach someone on the beach to talk about shorebird conservation.   To register contact Nolan Schillerstrom at

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
10:00am – 12:30pm
Ravanel, South Carolina

View SC Audubon post here