Water/Ways Virtual Symposium Video Sessions

Opening Session-A Black History of Congaree: From Slavery to the Post-Civil Rights Era by Prof. Robert Greene


Welcome and Introductions and Session 1- Home is where the water is: Water, Culture and history in the COWASEE Basin

K Lyn Berry (Congaree National Park)
TJ Wallace (SC Humanities)
Janae Davis (American Rivers)
Jon Manchester (National Park Service)
Marie Adams (Southeast Rural Community Outreach)
Mark Kinzer (National Park Service)
Moderated by John Cely and John Grego (Friends of Congaree Swamp)


Creative Exercise-Communal Pen Workshop experience with Eboni Ramm


Session 2-Water: Critical resource, societal asset

Quinton Epps (Richland County Conservation Department)
Michael Dantzler (Get Involved Lower Richland)
Jeff Duncan (National Park Service Wild & Scenic Rivers)
Bill Stangler (Congaree Riverkeeper)
Moderated by Greg Cunningham (National Park Service)


Session 3-It’s our water: Managing water at the local level

Synithia Williams (Richland County Stormwater Division)
Alex Butler (SC Department of Health and Environmental Control)
Guillermo Espinosa (Central Midlands Council of Governments)
Gerrit Jobsis (American Rivers)
Moderated by John Kupfer (University of South Carolina)

Session 4-What’s next? Spurred to action!

Robert Reese (Lower Richland)
Matt Johnson (Audubon, SC)
Stuart White (Congaree Land Trust)
Dr. David Shelley (Congaree Biosphere Region, NPS)
Carmony Adler (Gills Creek Watershed Association)

Water/Ways Virtual Symposium

Congaree National Park and Friends of Congaree Swamp are hosting the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit through January 13, 2021 under the sponsorship of SC Humanities. The park and Friends of Congaree Swamp will host a virtual symposium Thursday, January 7, 2021 and Friday January 8, 2021 inspired by the exhibition’s themes.

Symposium Poster (pdf)


Symposium Sponsors

Recreation Fee Program

Congaree National Park is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the park’s Recreation Fee Program.

Learn more HERE

National Public Lands Day

To celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 28, Friends of Congaree Swamp will host a trail-clearing.  This will be our second year participating in National Public Lands Day, an event hosted by NEEF (National Environmental Educational Foundation) that is the largest volunteer service event held to support public lands.  We will meet at the Visitor Center at 9 AM then select service activities (trail-clearing and perhaps others), depending on turn-out.

The park service will provide vests and additional tools, but if you have loppers, handsaws, or long-handled shears, please bring them along.  We should be out no later than the early afternoon.  In addition to trail-clearing tools, bring plenty of water, gloves, a snack and insect repellent.  If interested, contact John Greg at friendsofcongareeswamp@gmail.com or (803) 331-3366.