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Winter Bird Hike February 19

Friends of Congaree Swamp will feature a Great Backyard Bird Count hike on Sunday February 19 starting at 8:30 AM at the Bates Ferry Trailhead off US 601 on the eastern end of the park. We will spend the morning travelling along the US 601 corridor with an emphasis on roadside birding, looking overhead for […]

Big Tree Hike

9 AM Saturday, January 14, 2017 In 2013, Frank Henning, the park’s Learning Center Director, approached USC Prof. John Kupfer (Geography) about a project to update the park’s big tree database.  The park was divided into over 50 sectors and volunteers agreed to search the sectors to confirm the status of trees known from the […]

Aquatic Critters Appreciation Event

  Saturday, October 15, 2016, 8:30 AM-12:00 PM Harry Hampton Visitors Center Parking Lot Leader: Jim Bulak Congaree National Park contains a wide variety of aquatic life that most visitors never see or experience.  This tour will be led by Dr. Jim Bulak, Researcher Coordinator at SC DNR’s Fisheries Research lab in Eastover.  He will organize […]

Adopt-a-Trail Workday (Paw Paw)

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 9:00 AM – around 1:30 PM It’s time again for trail-clearing on the Sims Trail, the Boardwalk, the Weston Lake Trail and the Oakridge Trail, or whichever of the park’s trails needs the most attention. Though late August is hot, trail-clearing duties are usually light, and the paw paw fruit is […]

Father’s Day Botany Hike

Sunday, June 19, 8:30 AM-12 PM Bates Ferry Trailhead Parking Lot Congaree National Park Leader: Dr. John Nelson In appreciation of the Park’s summer vegetation and any flora-loving fathers out there, Friends of Congaree Swamp will organize a hike at Little Buckhead along the US 601 causeway on the eastern end of the park.  Some […]

North American Butterfly Association Butterfly Count

Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The summer North American Butterfly Association Butterfly Count will be held Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Congaree National Park staff members David Shelley and Frank Henning and Carolina Butterfly Society members Marty and David Kastner are organizing the annual event. Participants will […]

Robin Carter Dawn Chorus Walk

Sunday, May 1, 2016, 5:30 AM Visitor Center, Congaree National Park Leaders: Donna Slyce/Jerry Griggs Robin Carter, who passed away in 2008, did more than anyone to promote birding at Congaree National Park.  To celebrate and continue Robin’s legacy, Friends will hold its Robin Carter Dawn Chorus Walk on Sunday, May 1, 2016.   The Dawn […]

Congaree Swamp Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, December 20, 2015, 7:00 AM Harry Hampton Visitor Center parking lot Christmas Bird Counts, conducted each year since 1900, are the oldest citizen science project in the country. A Christmas Bird Count (or CBC) is an all-day effort to find and identify as many wild birds as possible within a 15-mile diameter circle. This […]