Saturday, May 21st, 2016
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 4th Annual Bulls Bay Nature Festival on Saturday, May 21st, 2016.
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!
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 2016's activities please visit the activities page!
"Coastal Kingdom" Host Tony Mills Festival Keynote Speaker
Tony Mills, Naturalist and Education Director for the LowCountry Institute and host of SCETV's award-winning Coastal Kingdom, will deliver the festival Keynote. Tony has been working in the field of environmental education for over two decades with emphasis on southeastern animals and plants. Before his position at the LowCountry Institute, Tony served as the outreach program coordinator for the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. He has written numerous newspaper columns and articles on local plants and animals and co-authored the book Lizards and Crocodilians of the Southeast. Research trips have taken him on excursions into the jungles of Mexico and Costa Rica to conduct studies on snakes and lizards and into the Everglades of South Florida to collect introduced pythons and endangered crocodiles. Tony's presentation will feature demonstrations with live animals plus video clips of shows featured on Coastal Kingdom.
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
Cape Romain Wildlife Eco-Boat Tour
Carolina Bay/Wildflower Walk
Edible Plant Walk
Family Fishing at Sewee Pond
Hampton Plantation State Historic Site Tours
Ion Swamp Trail Hike
KEYNOTE SPEAKER : Tony Mills
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
Sign up for this years activities will begin May 1st. Call the Sewee Visitors Center Wednesday through Saturday at 843-928-3368 to register.