What you can do this November in Charleston parks

(Source: Charleston County Parks)

There’s a lot happening at Charleston County Parks this November. Here’s a few ideas to make the most of your upcoming fall weekends!

 

Holiday Festival of Lights

James Island County Park

Nightly, beginning Nov. 13, 5:30 – 10 p.m.

Let your heart be light at the Holiday Festival of Lights, a beloved Lowcountry tradition. This is a unique year, so there’s a special experience waiting for you from the comfort of your own vehicle. During your driving tour through millions of twinkling lights, expect magical surprises along the way!

Fee: $20 per vehicle up to 15 people

Ages: All

Get tickets here!

 

Early Morning Bird Walks

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Wednesdays and SaturdaysNov. 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 288:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Go on one or more of the center’s regular bird walks. Their trek through many distinct habitats will allow you to view and discuss a variety of birds, butterflies, and other organisms. A paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Every Wednesday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Registration is not required. Participants are encouraged to bring your own binoculars.  Maximum, 10 participants.

Fee: $9; free for Gold Pass holders

Ages: All, a paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under.

More information for those interested here!

Family High Static Course Challenge

Outdoor Zone at James Island County Park
Ongoing dates: Mon. Nov. 16 and 30, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. | Thurs. Nov. 19, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 21, 9, 10 and 11 a.m.
Enjoy an afternoon outdoors while building memories and strengthening bonds on our Teams High Static Course! Beat the quarantine blues with your family or friends; each time slot will only be available to one group (of up to 4 members) at a time. Pre-registration required.

Feel $165 per group of up to 4

Ages: 10 and up

Sign up for a reservation here!

 

Jr. Naturalist: Plants and People

Palmetto Islands County Park

Wed. Nov. 4, 4 – 6:30 p.m.

We depend on plants for food, shelter, medicine, and more! Learn about the amazing plant kingdom through a study of anatomy, diversity, and plant uses.

Fee: $10

Ages: 8 to 12

Register here

 

Ukweli: Searching for Healing Truth

Sat., Nov. 7, 1 – 2:15 p.m.

Welcome Center at McLeod Plantation

Ukweli is Swahili for Truth. The South African Truth and Reconciliation Committee identified four truths: forensic, personal, social, and healing. This poetry, lecture, and dialogue series seeks healing truth. Poet and writer Horace Mungin reads his poetry in a place created to enslave his ancestors. Following the reading, black scholars and authors will contextualize the poems. Radio host Osei Chandler moderates discussions around Black perspectives of history that are often minimalized at historic sites and museums. This series is presented with generous support from the Joanna Foundation and the Charleston County Parks Foundation.

Fee: $0 – $15

Ages: Any

For more info go here

 

Lighthouse Inlet Bird Walk

Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve

Fri, Nov. 13, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

This walk focuses on the incredibly diverse northeast end of Folly Island. Once the home of a Coast Guard station, this Heritage Preserve protects maritime forest, beach, dune, and marsh habitats for wildlife. This site is a leader in number of bird species seen in South Carolina. At this time of year, we hope to see seabirds, shorebirds, and migrant songbirds such as Black Skimmer, Piping Plover, Scarlet Tanager, and much more.

Fee: $9

Ages: 12 and up

Register here

 

Family Ties High Course Challenge

James Island County Park Challenge Course

Sat., Nov. 14, 9 a.m. – noon

Enjoy an afternoon outdoors while building memories and strengthening bonds on the Teams High Static Course! Beat the quarantine blues with your family or friends; each time slot will only be available to one group (of up to 8 members) at a time.

Fee: $300 per group

Ages: 10 and up

Register here

 

Intro to Climbing

James Island County Park

Sun., Nov. 15, 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 the 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 the park’s facility. This 90-minute class will help kick off your new adventure with a 1:9 instructor to student ratio and lots of small group and partner work. Instruction takes place on both ropes and boulders, and the class will include your gear rental, too!

Fee: $20

Ages: 14 and up

Register here

 

Jr. Naturalist: One Earth

Mount Pleasant Pier

Wed., Nov. 18, 4 – 6:30 p.m.

With a population around seven billion, humans can have quite an impact on the environment we all share. Learn about natural resource use, land development, and ways you can make a difference to keep our home planet healthy.

Fee: $10

Ages: 8 – 12

Register here

 

Naturalist Sampler

Palmetto Islands County Park

Thur., Nov. 19, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The forested habitats and salt marsh edges provide a superb outdoor classroom for learning how to read landscapes. Walk away with a greater understanding of the natural world and your place in it!

Fee: $12

Ages: 16 and up

Register here

 

Wee Wild Ones: Home Sweet Home (Polliwogs)

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Thur., Nov. 19, 10 – 11 a.m.

Young children will channel their inner explorers while enjoying nature through hands-on activities, games, music, and art.  Wild animal dwellings are more like your home than you may think! Learn about habitats and the animals that call them home. Polliwogs group: Ages 18 months to 3 years

Fee: $10

Ages: 1 ½ to 3

Register here

 

Wee Wild Ones: Home Sweet Home (Froglets)

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Thur., Nov. 19. 20, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Young children will channel their inner explorers while enjoying nature through hands-on activities, games, music, and art.  Wild animal dwellings are more like your home than you may think! Learn about habitats and the animals that call them home. Froglets group: Ages 4 to 6 years

Fee: $10

Ages: 4 to 6

Register here

 

Ramble and Row

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Sat., Nov. 21, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

For a unique look into the ecology of the Lowcountry, join trained naturalists who will share the fascinating cultural and natural history of this site. Walk from forest to former rice fields and then hop into a canoe for a little on-water time that may alter your perspective in more than one way.

Fee: $35

Ages: 9 and up

Register here

 

Sunset Moonrise Stroll

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Sat., Nov 28, 4 – 6 p.m.

Grab that camera or a pair of binoculars and join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll around Caw Caw during the golden hours. Watch the sunset and the full moon rise while looking for animals that are settling in for the night or just waking up!

Fee: $9

Ages: 12 and up

Register here