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. 

 

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE

Awendaw Creek Saltmarsh Kayak Tour

Awendaw Passage Family Bike Trip 

Backyard Storytelling

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 

Reptile Demonstration

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

 Registration Form

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. 

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