Fall in Love with Charleston’s Parks at these Community Events, Classes

The Charleston Parks Conservancy is hosting a number of events this fall that encourage people to connect with their parks through art, education, and health and wellness. Working with several community partners and like-minded organizations, the Conservancy is encouraging everyone to get outside and enjoy Charleston’s city parks.

“The core mission of the Charleston Parks Conservancy is connecting people to their parks,” said Natalie Jones, director of programs. “We’ve seen firsthand the impact parks and green spaces have on our communities and individuals. They are places to learn, connect, relax and create. That’s why we’re providing a robust calendar of events for the community this fall. We want everyone to experience all that our Charleston parks have to offer.”

The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the people of Charleston to connect with their parks and create stunning public places and a strong community. For more than 15 years, the Conservancy -- through public-private partnerships -- has had a hand in renovating and beautifying more than 20 parks in the City of Charleston.

The fall event series includes:

Herbal Walks in the Park are noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 8, Oct. 13 and Nov. 10 at Hampton Park. Yahola Herbal School, a local company focused on educating the community on benefits and uses of native plants, will lead this free tour.

Plein Air Painting is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 10 and Nov. 5 at Hampton Park. The Oct. 8 session is at Magnolia Park and Community Garden. Using transportable paints and materials, participating artists will have the freedom to paint “en plein air” (the French expression for “in the open air”). Open to beginners and experienced artists. Cost is $50.

Journaling in the Park is 10--11 a.m. on Sept. 10 and Nov. 5 at Hampton Park. The Oct. 8 session is at Magnolia Park and Community Garden. Nature journaling — the practice of drawing and writing about the natural environment around you — is a wonderful way to connect with and learn more about local flora and fauna. Free.

Bubbles ‘n Brushes is 5-6:30 p.m. on Sept. 15, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17 at Magnolia Park and Community Garden. A professional artist will lead this informal art class. Enjoy a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage. Cost is $25.

Bird Walks in the Park are 9-10 a.m. on Sept. 28, Oct. 26 and Nov. 30 at Higgins Pier. At this free event, get tips and tricks for seeing the birds of the Lowcountry. Binoculars are recommended.

Yoga in the Park is 5:45-6:45 p.m. on Sept. 21, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16 at Lenevar Park. Certified Yoga instructors from Still Soul Studio will offer adaptable and accessible yoga for all ages and levels. Bring a mat or towel. Free.

Additional community events include:

Pets and their humans are invited to Bark in the Park from 3-6 p.m. on Sept. 17 at Magnolia Park and Community Garden. The Conservancy is teaming up with Lowcountry Dog Magazine to host dog-lovin’ entertainment, vendors, food trucks, and music for the whole family to enjoy. Free.

Yahola Herb School is leading a Wildcraft Workshop from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 23 at Medway Community Garden. Learn how to harvest, clean and prep herbs for creating vinegar infusions. Space is limited; cost is $35.

Brunch in the Park is back this fall. Enjoy local food trucks and live music with Charleston Jazz at the Rose Pavilion in Hampton Park. Events are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 25, Oct. 9 and Nov. 6. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Free for children 12 and under.

Attend a free educational program Garden to Gut from 4-7 p.m. on Oct. 6 at Urban Farm at Enston Home in downtown Charleston. The Green Heart Project’s garden educators will talk about the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables from the garden. Lowcountry Street Grocery dietician Olivia Myers will provide short sessions on nutrition and how to apply it to life.

The Charleston County Public Library is providing free Storytime in the Park from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 15 at Elliotborough Park.

Attend a free Build Your Soil Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 15 at Corrine Jones Community Garden. Learn from Clemson Extension and Charleston Composts how to create amazingly nutrient soil to boost your home gardens and land.

Take a ride on the West Ashley Bikeway with Pedal in the Parks at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 22. This is a free group ride to bring awareness of the need for safe, accessible, and equitable commuting in Charleston.

To learn more about these events, register or purchase tickets, visit https://www.charlestonparksconservancy.org/calendar.

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