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 Jerden 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: Edible and Native plant walks, Archery simulator, nature 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 Band, Awendaw Community Singers, Wendy Fisk & Commitment, 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" - The Lowcountry is rich in plant species! Berkeley County SC is known for its vast diversity of plant species, noted to be around 2500 species. More than 1600 plant species have been recorded in the Francis Marion National Forest alone, much of its acreage within the County. Dr. Richard Porcher has spent decades studying the natural history and ecology of these landscapes, having identified over 400 of the wildflower species in their habitats. Not only does Dr. Porcher identify the plants but he has written about their folklore as well, noting the economic and cultural uses of many of the species. Flowering trees, shrubs, woody vines, herbs, showy herbaceous plants or “weeds” – they are all part of the potpourri mix. Dr. Porcher ignites our interest and enriches our lives with the beauty of this landscape. Many if not most of us refer to his books, Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry and Lower Pee Dee and A Guide to the Wildflowers of South Carolina to identify plants we find on our walks in the forests or along the beaches.
Dr. Richard Porcher: PhD/ Emeritus Professor of Biology, The Citadel, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University, co-author of The Story of Sea Island Cotton and The Market Preparation of Carolina Rice, founder of theThe Citadel Herbarium, established the Wade T. Batson Endowment in Field Botany at Clemson University
Awendaw Creek Saltmarsh Kayak Tour
Awendaw Passage Family Bike Trip
Bee Apiary Demonstration
Bird Banding & Identification
Bulls Island Auto Tour
Bulls Island Birding and Nature Walk
Butterfly Walk – Francis Marion NF
Carolina Bay/Wildflower Walk
Edible Plant Walk
Family Fishing at Sewee Pond
Hampton Plantation State Historic Site Tours
Ion Swamp Trail Hike
KEYNOTE SPEAKER Dr. Richard Porcher “Lowcountry Botanical Potpourri”
Native Plant & Animal Walk at Sewee
Nature Photography Workshop
Naval Stores Industry in South Carolina/Tar Kiln Walk & Talk
Paddleboarding (4 sessions)
Raptor Flying Demonstration
Red Wolf Program
Sweet Grass Basketry Workshop
Sewee Shell Ring Archaeology
Tibwin Plantation Bird Walk – Francis Marion NF
Wambaw Creek Kayak & Canoe Paddle
Youth Archery Workshop (4 sessions)
Youth DNR Archery Simulator Trailer
Youth DNR Fishing Simulator Trailer
Youth Exploration of Rotten Logs - Who lives there?
Youth Fishing Workshop for Beginners
Youth Pond Ecology - Life in the Pond
Youth Salt Marsh Explorations & Touch Tank
Youth Wetland Walk Nature Art
Creative Activities for Youngsters Ages 6 and under: Red Wolf Masks, Turtle Hats, Animal Tracks, Fish Art and Face Painting 10 – 3 pm
**2015 Wildlife Art Contest Student Winners Recognized – Music Stage 11:45 AM**
Prize Winning Student Artwork on Display in the Sewee Center Lobby
To sign up for this years activities call the Sewee Visitors Center Wednesday through Saturday at 843-928-3368 or call Kathie Livingston / Nature Adventures at 843-697-2075 Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.