Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Bulls Bay Nature Festival- From the Forest to the Sea

Bulls Bay community agencies, organizations and businesses come together once again to bring you the 3rd Annual Bulls Bay Nature Festival on Saturday, May 16th, 2015.

The mission of the Bulls Bay Nature Festival is to increase awareness, promote engagement, and foster lasting connections with our unique natural places and wildlife in the Bulls Bay community.

Festival events and activities will happen in the Francis Marion National Forest, the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Camp Sewee, Bishop Jerdan Conference Center, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, and at the Sewee Visitor Center.

Activities include: bird, butterfly, and wildflower walks; historic tours of Hampton Plantation and Francis Marion National Forest; kayak paddles in the salt marsh and blackwater creeks, paddle boarding, and live wolf, reptile, and raptor programs plus the Back Porch Story Tellers!

New this year: zip-lining in Francis Marion, edible and native plant demonstrations and a photography workshop at the Sewee Center!

For the kids: archery, fishing, salt marsh explorations, nature art, red wolf masks, turtle hats, animal tracks, fish art, and face painting!

The festival will include music, food, community and wildlife art exhibitions, and an address from our guest speaker, noted field biologist and author Dr. Richard Porcher.

It's a day full of outdoor fun for everyone! Find out more information by calling the Sewee Center at 843.928.3368

Singers and Musicians include  Rut Leland and Friends, Graham Crolley Bank, Rene Russell and folk singer/guitarist Kathie Livingston. 

For a list of 2015's activities please visit the activities page!

 Key Note Speaker Dr. Richard Porcher

5 p.m.  "Botanical Potpourri" - A wonderful talk about the areas botany and it's potpourri treasures.  This is a keynote speech you don't want to miss! - Registration Required.  Held at the Sewee Visitors Center.

DrRichard Dwight Porcher is a respected field biologist and former professor of biology at The Citadel in Charleston.  He is the author of several books including A Guide to the Wildflowers of South Carolina, Wildflowers of the Carolina Low Country and the Lower Pee Dee, and his newest release, The Story of Sea Island Cotton. His keynote speech will be a highlight of the festival! 

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE

Sewee Center Family Fishing
Awendaw Creek Salt Marsh Kayak Tour - Registration Required
Bulls Island Auto Tour for Community Residents-Registration 
Bird Banding & Identification
Bee Keeping
History of Naval Stores, Logging & Tar Kilns in the National Forest Walk & Talk  
Long Leaf Pine Restoration Walk & Talk
Awendaw Passage Family Bicycling Trail Trip
Edible Plants Walk! 
Tibwin Plantation Bird Walk – Francis Marion National Forest
Butterfly Walk - Francis Marion National Forest
Carolina Bay/Wildflower Walk
Wambaw Creek Kayak & Canoe  Paddle
Paddle boarding
Sweet Grass Basketry Workshop
Sewee Shell Ring Archaeology 
Francis Marion Historic Van Tour
Youth Fishing Workshop for Beginners
Archery Simulator Fun!
Archery Bow & Arrow Fun!
Youth Wetland Walk Nature Art
Youth DNR Fishing Simulator Van
Salt Marsh Exploration & Touch Tank
Youth Pond Ecology - Life in the Pond
Endangered Red Wolf Program
Raptor Flying Demonstration
Low Country Reptile Demonstration
Musical Entertainment
Plantation House Tours
Nature Photography
Back Porch Story Tellers
Ducks Unlimited Kids Activities
Wild Turkey Federation Kids Activities
Keeper of the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Booth
Insects of the South Carolina Low Country

To sign up for this years activities call the Sewee Visitors Center Wednesday through Saturday at 843-928-3368! 

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