Bulls Bay Nature Festival - From the Forest to the Sea
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8am – 5pm
Get outside! Bulls Bay community federal, state and local agencies, organizations, schools and businesses come together once again to bring you the 4th annual Bulls Bay Nature Festival - From the Forest to the Sea. Festival activities will happen in the Francis Marion National Forest, at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center and Bishop Jerden Conference Center.
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 close the festival with his presentation at 4 PM. 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.
The festival is a day full of fun for everyone! Activities Include:
- Photography workshop at the Sewee Center
- Edible and native plant walks
- Bird and Wildflower walks
- Historic tours at Hampton Plantation
- Bulls Island Auto Tour
- Kayak paddles into the salt marshes and blackwater creeks
- Paddleboarding in freshwater ponds
- Live red wolf, reptile, raptor and beekeeping programs
- Sweet grass basketry workshop
- Family Bike Trip in the Francis Marion NF
- Fishing in Sewee Pond
For the Kids:
Fishing, salt marsh and fresh water pond explorations
Red wolf masks, turtle hats, fish art, animal tracks and face painting
Pellet Gun Shooting Range
Wildlife Art Contest and Exposition
Students from Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School (CREECS), St. James Santee Elementary and Lincoln Middle-High School students in grades 3 - 12 will showcase their creativity and talents in a wildlife art exposition and competition. 2016 calendars produced from winners of the 2015 contest will be available for purchase at the festival and in the Bulls Bay community. All contributionsfrom the sale of calendars purchase art supplies for the schools.
Native plant vendors and artisans will have landscaping plants, art and crafts on display and for purchase.
The day will be filled with musical entertainment for your enjoyment. Artists will include Kathie Livingston, Rene Russell, Rut Leland and Friends, the Awendaw Community Singers and Lincoln Middle-High School Steel Band.
Plan to have lunch at the Festival. Lowcountry dishes, hamburgers, hot dogs, desserts and other tasty fare will be available, served by Building Hope Missions and Wholesome Soul Kitchens.
Festival Registration Begins May 2nd!
Contact Cape Romain Headquarters Office 843.928.3264
Monday – Tuesday, 9 am – 5 pm
Contact Sewee Visitor & Environmental Education Center 843.928.3368
Wednesday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm
** Please note that several trips and tours are limited to a maximum number of participants. Pre-register early to confirm your space!
Be sure to check the Bulls Bay Nature Festival website at www.bullsbaynaturefestival.org to see what's coming May 21st. Also visit our Festival Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/bullsbaynaturefestival.
The mission of the Bulls Bay Nature Festival - From the Forest to the Sea is to increase awareness, promote engagement and foster lasting connections with our unique natural places and wildlife in the Bulls Bay community.
Festival Partners: Awendaw Green - Hampton Plantation State Historic Site - The Center for Birds of Prey- Bishop Jerden Conference Center - Nature Adventures Outfitters - Town of Awendaw- Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge - Sewee Outpost - Town of McClellanville- Coastal Expeditions -Francis Marion National Forest - SC Department of Natural Resources -Friends of Coastal SC - SC Forestry Commission