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Retreat Coming – Save the Date! September 13-15, 2019

Coastal Master Naturalists Association is hosting a “Fall Into the Low Country” retreat; and you are the first to know!

“Fall Into the Low Country”

A retreat for South Carolina Master Naturalists on coastal systems

Save the Date:  September 13-15, 2019; Friday noon-ish  – Sunday noon-ish

Join the Coastal Master Naturalists Association for an experience in the natural areas of the Low Country.

Hear presentations on coastal ecology from experts on such topics as botany, entomology, ornithology, herpetology and general ecosystem ecology.

Kayak streams, rivers and creek to witness the beauty of the lowcountry.

Take a guided boat ride to pristine barrier islands

Explore forests, wetlands, and marshes with local naturalists.

Opportunity to attend in excess of 16 hours of Advanced Training in the Coastal Region; you schedule your interests and needs.

Where:  Camp SEWEE, “A Coastal Retreat Center”, Awendaw SC

The Center provides lecture space, dining facilities, primitive camping spaces (no water/electric hook ups), and a few bunk rooms for participants, all on the banks of the Inter-Coastal Waterway outside Awendaw SC. (additional lodging at nearby hotels)

Details for the retreat will be forthcoming soon.

Members welcome to attend CMNA Board of Directors meeting July 10, 2019 5-7 PM

Attention: if you want to observe a CMNA Board meeting, you are welcome to attend Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, at Johns Island Regional Library Meeting Room, 3531 Maybank Highway John’s Island, SC 29455.

Maybe you are interested in how your Association functions? Maybe you are interested in serving on the Board in the future; or want to help with small projects; or have ideas for training, events or volunteer opportunities.

Hope to see you there!

CCPRC programs for July

Join the great staff at CCPRC for advanced training opportunities in July and they are just FUN!

Preregistration required

Lighthouse Inlet Bird Walk

July 12, 2019 Fri 8:30 – 10:30am

$7.00 12 and up

This walk focuses on the incredibly diverse northeast end of Folly Island. Once the home of a Coast Guard station, this Heritage Preserve protects maritime forest, beach, dune, and marsh habitats for wildlife. This site is a leader in number of bird species seen in South Carolina. At this time of year we hope to see songbirds, seabirds, and shorebirds such as Painted Bunting, Caspian Tern, Wilson’s Plover, and much more.

Early Birding – 6471

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

July 13, 2019 Sat 6am to 9am

$12.00 12 and up

If the early bird gets the worm, the early birdwatchers get both! We can leave the worms for the avian life and enjoy finding birds at dawn. A birding professional will help you find the birds and help you to understand their strategies for success in the natural world


A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under.

Mystical Moths – 6476

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Jul 26, 2019, Fri 7:30pm to 9:30pm

$7.00 12 and up

Extraordinarily diverse in color, shape, and size – moths not only pollinate plants, but feed birds, bats, and even people. We will examine our black lights and baits to see what species we can discover!


A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under.

Interpreting Tea Farm Creek – 6543

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Jul 30, 2019 Tue 8:30am to 8:45am ,Tue 8:45am to 11am

$45.00 16 and up

Paddle by one of the only naturalized understory of tea plants in the country and through abandoned rice fields, now turned back into salt marshes, to witness firsthand how human history has impacted the landscapes around us.

Meeting location: Caw Caw Interpretive Center parking lot. From there, we will drive to our destination. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you may be left behind and will not receive a refund.

SCORE needs help planting marsh grass

This Friday, July 12, 2019 from 10:30 – 12:30 join SCDNR staff in helping plant marsh grass behind oyster reefs at a Charleston restoration site. We will have everything you need, just come wearing closed-toe shoes and clothes that can get muddy and wet! Please bring a reusable water bottle to minimize waste (we will have coolers to refill and cups for those that need them). Space is limited so please RSVP by emailing “” to reserve your spot!