February Events in Your County Parks!

Save the Light Half Marathon and 5K

Saturday, Feb. 2, 8:30 a.m. race start

Folly Beach Pier

Join us on Folly Beach for the Save the Light Half Marathon and 5K. Both USATF certified races start and finish near the Folly Beach Pier. Awards and post-race food provided. Race supports the preservation of the Morris Island Lighthouse by Save the Light, a grassroots non-profit organization that formed to save the lighthouse from being lost to the sea. Both USATF certified races start and finish near the Folly Beach Pier. Half Marathon is a run only event. The 5K is open to runners and walkers. Fees vary. For more information or to register, visit CharlestonCountyParks.com or call 843-795-4386.

Where the Wild Things Run/Walk 5K

Saturday, Mar. 2, 8:30 a.m. race start

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Walkers, joggers and runners are invited to explore their wild side on the scenic nature trails at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. Caw Caw is actively managed for a variety of wildlife and a favored habitat for rare wildlife, so there is also the chance to see a "wild thing" or two! An award ceremony with local food and beverages will be held after the 5K trail run and walk. Fee: $32; on-site registration $38.

February Programs

 

Advance registration or minimum number of registrants required for many programs. Call 843-795-4386 or visit charlestoncountyparks.com to register.

 

Ongoing Programs

 

Early Morning Bird Walks at Caw Caw

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Ongoing – Wednesdays and Saturdays, Feb. 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us on one or more of our regular bird walks. Our trek through many distinct habitats will allow us to view and discuss a variety of birds, butterflies, and other organisms. A paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Every Wednesday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Free for Gold Pass Holders. Registration is not required.

Fee: $10; free for Gold Pass holders

 

Hip Hop Hollywood

Schroder Community Center

Ongoing – Tuesdays, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Exercise just got a whole lot more fun. Hip Hop Hollywood combines the latest dance choreography with hip hop music to create an atmosphere of community, empowerment, and fun all while burning calories. These group fitness classes are led by dance instructors and are open to all levels. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to class start time.

Fee: Program. Fee: $5 (discountable)

Ages: 12 and up

 

Daily Programs

 

Homeschool in the Parks: Weather Watchers

Palmetto Islands County Park

Fri, Feb. 1

10 - 11:30 a.m.

The weather plays a big role in our daily life, so join us to learn some of the science surrounding meteorology. We test our data collecting instruments and learn about regional weather patterns. This program is designed for homeschool children and explores natural and cultural history through games, art, and hands-on activities. Pre-registration required.

Fee:  $5

Ages:  7-13

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Wee Wild Ones

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Fri, Feb. 1

10 - 11 a.m.

Young children ages 1-5 will channel their inner explorers while enjoying nature through hands-on activities, games, music, and art. Chaperones required to attend but not required to register. Pre-registration required.

Fee:  $10

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Homeschool in the Parks: Weather Watchers

Palmetto Islands County Park

Fri, Feb. 1


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12 - 1:30 p.m.

The weather plays a big role in our daily life, so join us to learn some of the science surrounding meteorology. We test our data collecting instruments and learn about regional weather patterns. This program is designed for homeschool children and explores natural and cultural history through games, art, and hands-on activities. Pre-registration required.

Fee:  $5

Ages: 7-13

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Seashore Exploration

Kiawah Beachwalker Park

Sat, Feb. 2

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Winter is a great time to explore the beach and a trained naturalist will help familiarize you with several species. Share in the discovery by learning intriguing stories about adaptations that allow for life near the ocean. A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Pre-registration required.

Fee:  $7

Ages:  9 and up

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McClellanville Youth Basketball

Gymnasium at St James Santee Elementary School

6 Week Session, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Feb. 4 - March 14

3 – 5 p.m.

Program will concentrate on developing skills such as passing, shooting, defense/offense, rebounding, and teamwork in a fun environment. Involves league play for some age groups and may require traveling. Participants will be separated into different age groups.

Fee:  $15

Ages: 5-8

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Get Out There

CCPRC Headquarters building- Commission Board Room

Thu, Feb. 7

6 - 8 p.m.

Enjoy the coastal kayaking environment and understand how to integrate navigation, weather, and risk management into a trip plan that allows you to explore and enjoy our amazing coast.

Fee:  $15

Ages:  16 and up

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Seabirding at Folly Beach Pier

Folly Beach Pier

Tue, Feb. 12

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Birding experts will help you find oceangoing seabirds from the amazing vantage point of the Folly Beach Fishing Pier. Targets include scoters, scaup, grebes, loons, gulls, terns, and more. A paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Pre-registration required.

Fee:  $6

Ages:  12 and up

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Coastal Navigation: Level 1

CCPRC Headquarters building- Commission Board Room

Wed, Feb. 13

6 - 8 p.m.

This course introduces you to all aspects of coastal navigation. The basics of maps and charts, compasses, aids to navigation, declination/variation, and rules of the nautical road will be covered. Sea kayakers and other coastal travelers will enjoy learning from these informative classes. Gain confidence and skills to feel at ease knowing where you are and how to get to where you want to go.

Fee:  $15

Ages:  16 and up

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SEWE Intro to Archery

Johns Island County Park - Archery Range

Fri, Feb. 15

9 - 11:30 a.m.

What better way to maximize the "thrill of the hunt" than by enhancing your archery skills on our NEW six target archery range and 20-target 3-D course featuring wild boar, deer, and turkey targets at Johns Island County Park. Bring the kids, enjoy some basic instruction, and take time to explore both ranges. We'll provide the necessary equipment; however, feel free to bring your own. If you thought coffee and doughnuts would also be nice, then you're right! So did we, and there will be plenty to go around.

Fee:  $35

Ages:  8 and up

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Homeschool in the Parks: Animal Trackers

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Fri, Feb. 15

10 - 11:30 a.m.

Brush up on your investigative skills as we learn about tracks, nests, and other animal signs through hands-on exploration. Emphasis will be placed on animals native to the Caw Caw Interpretive Center.

Fee:  $5

Ages:  7-13

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Homeschool in the Parks: Animal Trackers

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Fri, Feb. 15

12 - 1:30 p.m.

Brush up on your investigative skills as we learn about tracks, nests, and other animal signs through hands-on exploration. Emphasis will be placed on animals native to the Caw Caw Interpretive Center.

Fee:  $5

Ages:  7-13

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Coastal Navigation: Level 2

CCPRC Headquarters building- Commission Board Room

Fri, Feb. 15

6 - 8 p.m.

Learn more advanced navigational skills such as dead reckoning, range lines, fixes, following bearings, triangulation, and compensating for the current. Level 1 Coastal Navigation skills are a prerequisite.

Fee:  $15

Ages:  16 and up

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Exposing Moonlight and Magnolias

McLeod Plantation Historic Site

Sat, Feb. 16

10 - 11 a.m.

The south has been dominated by “Lost Cause” versions of history, leading to biased and racist text books and Confederate monuments. Discover its development and evolution and how some historic sites are correcting this history. All ages; a registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Pre-registration required.

Fee:  $15

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SEWE Combing The Caw Caw Wilderness

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Sat, Feb. 16

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

The Caw Caw Interpretive Center just south of Charleston contains a variety of South Carolina Lowcountry habitats that are known for their beauty and wildlife. Join a naturalist to explore a cypress/tupelo swamp, freshwater marsh, saltwater marsh, bottomland hardwood forest, and more.  Eagles, turkeys, otters, waterfowl, and more are often observed from the trails at Caw Caw. There's no better way to learn about the wilds of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Fee:  $35

Ages:  12 and up

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Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

JICP - Boardroom at James Island County Park

1 Week Session, Mon, Feb. 18 - Fri, Feb. 22

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wilderness Medicine differs significantly from standard courses for the urban environment. Learn to deal with medical emergencies when help is miles away and dialing 911 is not an option. If you are an avid outdoor traveler or simply a weekend warrior, Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) will prepare you for emergencies that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments, and improvised gear. WFR is considered the definitive medical training course for outdoor professionals and enthusiasts.  Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the definitive course in medical training for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, and others who work or play in remote areas. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments. Details: http://www.wildmed.com/wilderness-medical-courses/first-response/5-day-wilderness-first-responder/. Minimum enrollment required by Jan. 25.

Fee:  $700

Ages:  18 and up

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Tides and Currents

CCPRC Headquarters building- Commission Board Room

Thu, Feb. 21

6 - 8 p.m.

Will you get stuck in pluff mud or breeze along to your destination? Understanding tides and currents can make a significant difference in your paddling day. This course will help you prepare for your next adventure on the water.

Fee:  $15

Ages:  16 and up

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Exploring Edisto Island Future County Park

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Thu, Feb. 21

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join a Master Naturalist instructor to see the natural wonders of our parks in a new light. You'll discover plants and animals and learn about their connections to the world around them. A registered chaperone is required for ages 15 and under. Pre-registration required.

Fee:  $12

Ages:  12 and up

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Owl Prowl

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Sat, Feb. 23

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Owls have long captivated humans with their majestic appearance and enchanting sounds. This evening excursion will give you a greater understanding of what nocturnal predators might be found in your backyard, the sounds they make, and the adaptations that make them successful. A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Pre-registration required.

Fee:  $7

Ages:  12 and up

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Local Paddling Destinations

CCPRC Headquarters building- Commission Board Room

Sat, Feb. 23

6 - 9 p.m.

The Lowcountry is well known for its salt marshes, cypress swa.m.ps, and inland waterways. Learn about many of our great paddling destinations and how to gain access to them.

Fee:  $15

Ages:  16 and up

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Intro to Kayak Rolling

St. Andrews Recreation Pool

Feb 25 from 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Feb 27 from 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Mar 1 from 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to roll a kayak? One of the greatest self-rescue tools a kayaker has is rolling, which also sharpens other boating skills. Increase your confidence and abilities while learning how to roll a kayak, reviewing rescue techniques, or other skills. All classes take place in a controlled environment to ensure your comfort throughout the process. A chaperone is required to be present for participant ages 15 and under.

Fee:  $65

Ages:  13 and up

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Ethnobotany

McLeod Plantation Historic Site

Tue, Feb. 26

9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

On this naturalist guided walk will discuss how former inhabitants interacted with nature for mutual benefit at this rich historic site. You'll take home, and learn to make, an historical herbal remedy while also learning about urban wildlife and soundscapes. A paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under.  Admission fee included. Pre-registration required.

Fee:  $15

Ages:  9 and up

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Practice Pool Session

St. Andrews Recreation Pool

2-day session, Tue, Feb. 26 and Thu, Feb. 28

7 – 8:30 p.m.

Improve or develop your paddling skills or techniques with instructors on hand to help. A great time to learn or improve on rescues! Increase your confidence and abilities while learning how to roll a kayak, reviewing rescue techniques, or other skills. All classes take place in a controlled environment to ensure your comfort throughout the process. A chaperone is required to be present for participant ages 15 and under.

Fee:  $48

Ages:  13 and up

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