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

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

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 

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

 

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.

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