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Volunteer for 31st Annual Beach Sweep / River Sweep

Volunteers Needed!!

Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) is seeking another site-captain for the 31st Beach Sweep/River Sweep!! This event is South Carolina’s largest one-day volunteer waterway cleanup event. Every 3rd Saturday in September since 1988, thousands of South Carolinians clear beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps of aquatic debris. The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium leads the beach cleanup efforts, while SCDNR leads the inland cleanups. The Sweep takes place in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup, coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy.

For this year’s event, on September 21, 2019, CCPRC will host cleanups at three sites with three different Site Captains. They are in need of a third captain to host the Cleanup efforts at one of their boat landings. Captains will receive the materials needed to host the sweep as well as a t-shirt.

If anyone is interested in either being a site captain, or joining the efforts as a team member – please contact Allyssa Zebrowski, Natural History Roving Interpreter & Stewardship Aide at (804) 731-7873 or email

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!

Need Help Posting Bird Signs at Folly Beach

You can help birds! Volunteer to assist Janet Thibault, Wildlife Biologist at SCDNR. She needs help putting up the beach bird nesting signs at Folly Beach on Tuesday April 30, 2019.  The plan is to meet at Lighthouse Inlet at 9am and post that section, then head to the County Park at the south end of Folly and put signs up there. Work will last about 3-4 hours. Bring work gloves, water/snacks, a pocket knife if you have one, footwear that can get wet, and lots of enthusiasm. Janet will bring the supplies and equipment via boat. Please email Janet ( if you are able to come out on Tuesday.

Thanks so much!

Janet Thibault

Wildlife Biologist

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

SCDNR Volunteer Opportunities

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 [] if interested in sharing your fishing skills with the next generation of anglers. You can become a certified SCDNR fishing instructor.

Volunteers needed! Longleaf Planting day at Lisa Matthews Memorial Bay; Tuesday, March 19th

Volunteers needed! Longleaf Planting day at Lisa Matthews Memorial Bay; Tuesday, March 19th

Volunteers Needed in Bamberg County (for information about this location click here)
Due to a generous donation, SCNPS has 1000 longleaf seedlings to plant at Lisa Matthews Memorial Bay. They will be having a volunteer planting day on Tuesday, March 19th starting at 10:30 am. If you are interested, contact Sudie Thomas at to register for directions.

News from SC Native Plant Society

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:
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 ( 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.

Fire Festival – Sewee Outpost

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

March 5, 2019 Volunteer Hours!

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Our own Pam Wilson, CMNA Board member and Fall 2017 graduate, supplied this opportunity for you to get some volunteer hours! On March 5, 2019 from 10:00-12:00 participate in a litter sweep on Kiawah Island. Meet at Mingo Point; refreshments (bring your own cup or mug!) and collection supplies will be provided. For more information and to register, contact the Plastic Initiative Committee of Kiawah (PICK) at


CMNA Litter Sweep #2

CMNA’s own Linda Rowe is organizing a volunteer opportunity! Each month we will spend an hour or two cleaning up the lowcountry and meeting fellow master naturalists.

Save the date: Tuesday, Feb 26 at 10 am-Noon as the next CMNA clean up.

Recent graduate, Jack Burg, suggested a great clean-up site near the Limehouse Bridge, and the Sign-up Genius invitation will be sent out soon. As a heads-up, this site is a bit more remote and will involve about a 0.25-mile walk on gravel from the parking area. Additionally, there is a lot of prickly vegetation along the steeply-sloping banks of the marsh, so I highly recommend pants and rubber boots. Here are some photos so you get an idea of how it all looks. And feel free to bring an adventurous friend or two, all are welcome.
Hope to see you soon.