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October and November Programs and Events at your Charleston County Parks

Program and event capacity is limited and subject to cancellation. Extra safety measures will be in place specific to each event and program. Please visit CharlestonCountyParks.com for details and to register.

October Special Events

Lowcountry Trail 5K and Half Marathon
Johns Island County Park
Sat., Oct 10, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Join us on the scenic trails of Johns Island County Park for our annual Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5K. The 5K will start at 8 a.m. and the half marathon will begin at 8:30.
Fee: $32 (5K), $40 (half marathon)
Ages: 10 and up


Wine Down Wednesday
Old Towne Creek County Park
Wed., Oct. 14, 5 - 7 p.m.
Come Wine Down your Wednesday and explore Old Towne Creek County Park, one of West Ashley's hidden gems. Guests will enjoy wine and live music from Mark Jackson, while experiencing the beauty of this natural site. A commemorative wine glass is included with your admission. Food truck fare will be available for purchase on-site from Southern Roots Smokehouse. Masks are required at events unless eating or drinking, or engaging in strenuous exercise or physical activity.
Fee: $15
Ages: 21 and up



Starlight Yoga
Wannamaker County Park
Thu., Oct. 15, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The moon and stars enhance this flowing yoga class. Participants receive a special glow in the dark prize. Live music provided. Open to all fitness levels. Rain date: Thursday, October 24.
Fee: $9
Ages: 12 and up



OCTOBER PROGRAMS


Ongoing Programs

Early Morning Bird Walks
Caw Caw Interpretive Center
Wednesdays and Saturdays, October 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31 8:30 – 10:30 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.-10:30 a.m. Registration is not required. Participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars. Maximum, 10 participants.
Fee: $9; free for Gold Pass holders
Caw Caw

Family High Static Course Challenge
Outdoor Zone at James Island County Park
Ongoing dates: Oct. 4 at 1 and 2 p.m.; Oct. 15 at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.; Oct. 24 at 9, 10 and 11 a.m.; Oct. 29 at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
This fun and relaxed class will get you started with instruction on safety and the proper paddling technique that will allow you to progress comfortably at your own pace. Maximum, 3 participants
Fee: $30
Ages: 16 and up


Daily Programs

Oasis Birding at Cooper River County Park
Cooper River County Park
Thursday, Oct. 1, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
This bird walk focuses on a small patch of forested habitat that is surrounded by water and industry. During fall migration, songbirds often travel along the coast at night and descend upon these natural patches before dawn. We hope to see a variety of songbirds such as warblers, vireos, and flycatchers, as well as waterfowl and birds of prey. Join us as we explore the potential for bird diversity at your Cooper River County Park.
Fee: $9
Ages: 12 and up

Sunset Moonrise Beach Walk
Folly Beach County Park
Thur., Oct 1, 6 - 8 p.m.
Join a naturalist for a leisurely walk on the beach to admire the southwest end of Folly Island during the twilight hours. We will watch the sunset and the full moon rise while we look for animals that call the edge of America home this time of year.
Fee: $9
Ages: 12 and up

White Water for Sea Kayakers
James Island County Park
Sat., Oct. 3, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 4, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Looking to improve your paddling skills in the ocean? Expand your perspective by changing venues and crafts. This program is designed for those sea kayakers looking to develop skills that can transfer from rivers to the sea. This two-day program will start with skills and drills on the lake at James Island County Park during day one. On day two, we will head up to the Saluda River in Columbia. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, participants will need to provide their own transportation to and from Columbia.
Fee: $165
Ages: 16 and up

Wall Crawlers: 9-11 Year Olds – 12 Week Session
James Island County Park
Sat., Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Meeting every Saturday from 9/5/20 – 11/21/20. Our Team Charleston club programs offers a way for young novice climbers to learn about climbing in a fun and safe environment. The program will build self-confidence and stronger climbing skills in the new climber.
Fee: $245 (will be prorated for late additions to the group)
Ages: 7 to 10

Lowcountry Senior Series: Disc Golf
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to noon
James Island County Park – Outdoor Zone
In partnership with the Lowcountry Senior Center, this program empowers adults 50+ to continue to explore, discover, and grow. Participants will be introduced to disc golf at the Outdoor Zone at James Island County Park. Equipment will be provided.
Fee: $12
Ages 50 and up

Jr. Naturalist: Insect Safari
James Island County Park
Wed., Oct. 7, 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Did you know there are more than a million species of insects? Become familiar with some interesting local insects by collecting, observing, and then releasing them. You may even discover that "creepy crawlies" aren't bad at all!
Fee: $10
Ages: 8 - 12

Oasis Birding at Cooper River County Park
Cooper River County Park
Thursday, Oct. 8, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
This bird walk focuses on a small patch of forested habitat that is surrounded by water and industry. During fall migration, songbirds often travel along the coast at night and descend upon these natural patches before dawn. We hope to see a variety of songbirds such as warblers, vireos, and flycatchers, as well as waterfowl and birds of prey. Join us as we explore the potential for bird diversity at your Cooper River County Park.
Fee: $9
Ages: 12 and up
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Nature Journaling: Drawing Birds
Caw Caw Interpretive Center
Thur., Oct 8, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The practice of keeping a nature journal encourages exploration of the natural world through creative expression. In this class, learn drawing and observational skills as we study birds found in Low Country habitats. Emphasis is placed on process over the final product and learning as a group activity. All skill levels welcome in this introductory class.
Fee: $9
Ages: 12 and up

Nature Meditation
Folly Beach County Park
Thur., Oct 8, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Experience nature in a unique, mindful way with meditation guide, Master Naturalist, and Certified Interpretive Guide, Debbie Seabrook. In this program, guided meditation and gentle movement merge with periods of observing and sharing nature's offerings. Experience stress relief, mood enhancement, and clarity of mind during this program. No prescriptions necessary.
Fee: $10
Ages: 12 and up

Lighthouse Inlet Bird Walk
Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve
Fri, Oct. 9, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
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 seabirds, shorebirds, and migrant songbirds such as Black Skimmer, Piping Plover, Scarlet Tanager, and much more.
Fee: $9
Ages: 12 and up

Homeschool in the Parks: Web Weavers
Caw Caw Interpretive Center
Fri., Oct, 9 - 11:30 a.m.
Spiders are misunderstood creatures that play a vital role in our habitats. We will learn about unique spider adaptations, look for spiders in the field, and discuss the many ways they help contribute to a healthy environment.
Fee: $5
Ages: 7 - 12

Family Ties High Course Challenge
James Island County Park Challenge Course
Sat., Oct. 10, 9 a.m. – noon
Enjoy an afternoon outdoors while building memories and strengthening bonds on our Teams High Static Course! Beat the quarantine blues with your family or friends; each time slot will only be available to one group (of up to 8 members) at a time.
Fee: $300 per group
Ages: 10 and up

Intro to Archery
Johns Island County Park
Sat., Oct. 10, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Maximize the "thrill of the hunt" by enhancing your archery skills on our six-target archery range and 3D course, featuring wild boar, deer, and turkey targets at Johns Island County Park. Bring the kids, enjoy basic instruction, and take time to explore both ranges. We'll provide the necessary equipment, but feel free to bring your own.
Fee: $25
Ages: 8 and up

Intro to Archery
Johns Island County Park
Sat., Oct. 10, 1 - 3 p.m.
Maximize the "thrill of the hunt" by enhancing your archery skills on our six-target archery range and 3D course, featuring wild boar, deer, and turkey targets at Johns Island County Park. Bring the kids, enjoy basic instruction, and take time to explore both ranges. We'll provide the necessary equipment, but feel free to bring your own.
Fee: $25
Ages: 8 and up

Ukweli: Searching for Healing Truth
Sat., Oct. 10, 1 – 2:15 p.m.
Welcome Center at McLeod Plantation
Ukweli is Swahili for Truth. The South African Truth and Reconciliation Committee identified four truths: forensic, personal, social, and healing. This poetry, lecture, and dialogue series seeks healing truth. Poet and writer Horace Mungin reads his poetry in a place created to enslave his ancestors. The reading will be followed by black scholars and authors who contextualize the poems. Radio host Osei Chandler moderates discussions around Black perspectives of history that are often minimalized at historic sites and museums. A Dark Darkness: The poems "Khadija" and "The Lashing of Patsey of Bayou Boeuf Plantation" recall the Atlantic Slave Trade and the brutal treatment allotted to Africans after arrival. In this exploration, led by author Herb Frazier, it is revealed how slave labor built the American economy that privileged so many generations of white Americans. This series is presented with generous support from the Joanna Foundation and the Charleston County Parks Foundation.
Fee: $0 - $15
Ages: Any

Wee Wild Ones: Nuts About Nature (Polliwogs)
Caw Caw Interpretive Center
Fri., Oct 16, 10 – 11 a.m.
Young children will channel their inner explorers while enjoying nature through hands-on activities, games, music, and art. Join us as we get excited about nature while strolling the adventurous trails at Caw Caw. You never know what wildlife we'll encounter! Polliwogs group: Ages 18 months to 3 years
Fee: $10
Ages: 1 ˝ to 3

Wee Wild Ones: Nuts About Nature (Froglets)
Caw Caw Interpretive Center
Fri., Oct 16, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Young children will channel their inner explorers while enjoying nature through hands-on activities, games, music, and art. Join us as we get excited about nature while strolling the adventurous trails at Caw Caw. You never know what wildlife we'll encounter! Froglets group: Ages 4 to 6 years
Fee: $10
Ages: 4 to 6

Tea Farm Creek Canoe Trip
Caw Caw Interpretive Center
Sat., Oct. 17, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Paddle into Tea Farm Creek alongside a trained naturalist to witness firsthand how human history has impacted the landscapes around us. View one of the only naturalized understories of tea plants in the country as you travel through abandoned rice fields and forests that have been reclaimed by salt marsh.
Fee: $35
Ages: 8 - 12

Jr. Naturalist: Wetland Discovery and Graduation
Caw Caw Interpretive Center
Sat., Oct. 17, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Discover a fascinating underwater world as you investigate the wetlands at the Caw Caw Interpretive Center. After the program, celebrate this year's Junior Naturalist class in a graduation ceremony. All participants and family members are welcome to attend!
Fee: $10
Ages: 8 - 12

Intro to Sport Lead Climbing
James Island County Park
Sun., Oct. 18, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Our lead course is for those that have been top rope climbing and are ready to take things to the next level. Learning to lead climb gives you access to more walls and better prepares you for outdoor climbing. In this course you will learn about the risks involved in lead climbing, risk management, lead climbing equipment, clipping techniques, lead belaying, and falling skills. Pre-requisites: Lead climbing is not a beginner skill set. We require a base of experience to take our lead course. You need to have been climbing regularly for several months. You need to be top rope certified in our gym prior to registering for the course. You need to be able to climb 5.8 routes in our facility numerous times in a row.
Fee: $25
Ages: 14 and up

Intro to Archery
Johns Island County Park
Sat., Oct. 24, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Maximize the "thrill of the hunt" by enhancing your archery skills on our six-target archery range and 3D course, featuring wild boar, deer, and turkey targets at Johns Island County Park. Bring the kids, enjoy basic instruction, and take time to explore both ranges. We'll provide the necessary equipment, but feel free to bring your own.
Fee: $25
Ages: 8 and up

Intro to Archery
Johns Island County Park
Sat., Oct. 24, 1 - 3 p.m.
Maximize the "thrill of the hunt" by enhancing your archery skills on our six-target archery range and 3D course, featuring wild boar, deer, and turkey targets at Johns Island County Park. Bring the kids, enjoy basic instruction, and take time to explore both ranges. We'll provide the necessary equipment, but feel free to bring your own.
Fee: $25
Ages: 8 and up

Ukweli: Searching for Healing Truth
Sat., Oct. 24, 1 – 2:15 p.m.
Welcome Center at McLeod Plantation
Ukweli is Swahili for Truth. The South African Truth and Reconciliation Committee identified four truths: forensic, personal, social, and healing. This poetry, lecture, and dialogue series seeks healing truth. Poet and writer Horace Mungin reads his poetry in a place created to enslave his ancestors. The reading will be followed by black scholars and authors who contextualize the poems. Radio host Osei Chandler moderates discussions around Black perspectives of history that are often minimalized at historic sites and museums. A Dark Darkness: The poems "Khadija" and "The Lashing of Patsey of Bayou Boeuf Plantation" recall the Atlantic Slave Trade and the brutal treatment allotted to Africans after arrival. In this exploration, led by author Herb Frazier, it is revealed how slave labor built the American economy that privileged so many generations of white Americans. This series is presented with generous support from the Joanna Foundation and the Charleston County Parks Foundation.
Fee: $0 - $15
Ages: Any

Cheers to the Natural World
Caw Caw Interpretive Center
Sat., Oct. 24, 3 – 6 p.m.
Join a Master Naturalist instructor for a casual afternoon stroll across the picturesque grounds of the Caw Caw Interpretive Center. The flora and fauna will be a visual feast for the eyes and then we will kick back and enjoy some treats for the palate. Light hors d'oeuvres and adult beverages provided.
Fee: $10
Ages: 21 and up

Family Catwalk and Leap of Faith Challenge
Outdoor Zone at James Island County Park
Sunday, Oct. 25, 3 – 5 p.m.
Enjoy an afternoon outdoors while building memories and strengthening bonds on our Catwalk and Leap of Faith Challenge. Beat the quarantine blues with your family or friends; each element will only be utilized by one group (of up to 4 members) at a time. Advance registration is required.
Fee: $165 per group of up to 4
Ages: 10 and up

Wee Wild Ones: Pumpkins in the Park (Polliwogs)
Caw Caw Interpretive Center
Fri., Oct. 30, 10 – 11 a.m.
Young children will channel their inner explorers while enjoying nature through hands-on activities, games, music and art. Explore the parts of a plant by learning about pumpkins. We'll scoop seeds, role-play plant life cycles and decorate a pumpkin to take home.
Fee: $10
Ages: 1 ˝ to 3

Wee Wild Ones: Pumpkins in the Park (Froglets)
Caw Caw Interpretive Center
Fri., Oct. 30, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Young children will channel their inner explorers while enjoying nature through hands-on activities, games, music and art. Explore the parts of a plant by learning about pumpkins. We'll scoop seeds, role-play plant life cycles and decorate a pumpkin to take home.
Fee: $10
Ages: 4 to 6


*Safety is our priority. Charleston County Parks requires guests to wear masks when interacting with staff and volunteers. Masks are required at events unless eating or drinking, or engaging in strenuous exercise or physical activity. Capacity for each program or event is limited and subject to cancellation. Extra safety measures will be in place specific to each event and program. Advance registration required for many events and programs.

Date:

10/01/2020 - 11/30/2020

Location:

Multiple venues - Charleston County Parks

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