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Jan 07 2022

January Events And Programs At Charleston County Parks

By Charleston County Parks And Recreation for The Island Connection

Off Road Duathlon

Laurel Hill County Park Saturday, Jan. 15, 8:30 a.m. race start Traverse the scenic trails of Laurel Hill County Park during the Off Road Duathlon, presented in partnership with Anne Moore Endurance Coaching. This three-part beginner-friendly course begins with a 2-mile run, then includes a 7-mile bike, and finishes with another 2-mile run. The bike leg is best suited for knobby, wide-tired bikes. A transition area will be used for set-up between legs. Finisher medals will be given out, and awards will be given to the top three male/female finishers. Participants ages 14-15 can register but must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. Pre-registration is required and ends by phone at 5:30 p.m. and online at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 10. On-site registration is not available. Open to all abilities and fitness levels. Fee: $55 Ages: 14 and up 

Fairy House Festival 

Palmetto Islands County Park Saturday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Kids of all ages are invited to join us for the greatest, tiniest building project ever! Fairy houses are made from non-living, natural items, such as twigs and leaves, and the fairies of Palmetto Islands County Park once again need your help to build their abodes. This year’s festival celebrates fairies, gnomes, nature discovery, creative expression, and family fun. Highlights include the chance to build a fairy house, story time, the portable climbing wall, and a kid’s nature craft. Children are encouraged to come dressed as a fairy or gnome for extra fun. Food truck fare will be available for purchase on-site. Face painting will also be available for an additional fee. A limited number of building permits are available and pre-registration is required to reserve your spot. On-site registration will not be available. All family members must register in order to attend the festival. Visit our website at charlestoncountyparks.com or call (843) 795-4386 for more information. This event may sell out early so register now! Fee: $5 Ages: any 

Programs 

Nature Rx: Forest Bathing 

Fridays Caw Caw Interpretive Center Fridays, Jan. 7, 14, 21, and 21, 5 – 7 p.m. Join a naturalist for some ecotherapy in a county park. Warning: potential side effects may include improved mood, improved circulation, interest in something new, and spontaneous euphoria. This program will not include heavy-duty exercise, or actual bathing. It is simply being in nature and connecting with it through the senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. The practice of forest bathing is called shinrin-yoku in Japanese. Shinrin means “forest” and yoku means “bath.” So shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through our senses. Through the practice of shinrin-yoku, we may bridge the gap between us and the natural world. Fee: $9 Ages: 15 and up 

Twilight Beach Ramble 

Folly Beach County Park Friday, Jan. 7, 4 – 5:30 p.m. We invite you to stroll the shoreline with a Master Naturalist instructor in search of those that live under the waves, in the sand, and in the skies. We’ll comb the beach for unexpected natural treasures while discussing the dynamics of this ever-changing landscape. Favorite finds from previous programs will be brought to complement what we see. Fee: $7 Ages: 12 and up 

Earth Explorers: Mining for Minerals 

Caw Caw Interpretive Center Saturday, Jan. 8, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Did you know the average person will use around 2,000 pounds of minerals in a single year? Unearth the scientific story behind mining minerals and discuss our relationship with these limited resources. Fee: $10 Ages: 7-12 

Early Morning Bird Walks at Caw Caw 

Caw Caw Interpretive Center Wednesdays and Saturdays, Jan. 8, 12,15, 19, 22, 26 and 29, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Join us on one or more of our regular bird walks. Our trek through many distinct habitats will allow us to view and discuss a variety of birds, butterflies, and other organisms. Fee: $9 non-members Ages: any 

James Island County Park Bird Walk 

James Island County Park – Picnic Center Meadow Saturday, Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Across the various habitats and trails at James Island County Park, staff and visitors recorded over 200 bird species over the years. Join us as we look for birds and discuss how this incredible group of animals connects people the world over. This time of year, we hope to see a variety of songbirds, wading birds, and birds of prey such as Orangecrowned Warblers, White Ibis, Sharpshinned Hawks, and more. Fee: $9 Ages: 12 and up

 Intro to Climbing 

James Island County Park Sunday, Jan. 9 and 23, 2 – 3:30 p.m. There’s a lot to learn about climbing. Getting your footing, learning the lingo, and starting out can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. In our Intro to Climbing class, you’ll receive expert instruction on the basics of climbing, the opportunity to meet and learn with other new climbers, and an overview of our facility. This 90-minute class will help kick off your new adventure with a 1 to 9 instructor to student ratio and small group and partner work. Instruction takes place on both ropes and boulders, class includes your gear rental, too! Fee: $20 Ages: 14 and up 

Intro to Sport Lead Climbing 

James Island County Park Sunday, Jan. 9, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Our lead course is for those that have been top rope climbing and are ready to take things to the next level. Learning to lead climb gives you access to more walls and better prepares you for outdoor climbing. In this course you will learn about the risks involved in lead climbing, risk management, lead climbing equipment, clipping techniques, lead belaying, and falling skills. Pre-requisites: Lead climbing is not a beginner skill set. We require a base of experience to take our lead course – you need to have been climbing regularly for several months, be top rope certified in our gym prior to registering and able to climb 5.8 routes in our facility numerous times in a row. Fee: $30 Ages: 14 and up 

McClellanville Youth Basketball 

               St. James Santee Elementary School Gym Monday & Wednesday & Thursday & Saturday Jan. 10,12,13,15,17,19, 20, 22 and 24, 3 – 4 p.m. Program will concentrate on developing skills such as passing, shooting, defense/offense, rebounding, and teamwork in a fun environment. Modifications might be needed to ensure the safety of our participants. Fee: $15 Ages: 6 to 8 years old 

Your Parks, Your Classroom: Lowcountry Living

 Virtual Program at  Online-Charleston County Parks Wednesday, Jan. 12, 10 – 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Your Parks, Your Classroom is a virtual education series for students interested in learning about habitats, flora, and fauna found in the Charleston County Parks. Join us on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. from your screen and make your parks your classroom. This program series is free to attend thanks to the generous support of the Charleston County Parks Foundation. Join us from the comfort of your own home or classroom as we explore one of Charleston’s diverse habitats and the inhabitants that call the Lowcountry home. In this installment, learn how natural resources were historically used in everyday life. Fee: Free Ages: 4 and up 

Advance registration required for many programs. Call 843-795-4386 or visit www.charlestoncountyparks.com to register. Many programs require that a minimum number of participants be met. Details subject to change; visit charlestoncountyparks.com for updates. 

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