Night Walk at Beidler Forest will take place Oct. 8 | provided

The South Carolina Land Trust Network wants residents to have a better connection with the outdoors.   

“River sweeps, battlefield tours, native plant sales – or maybe just a cold beer brewed with clean water from a protected property. If special places matter to you, now’s the time to connect,” said Jennifer Howard, executive director of the South Carolina Land Trust Network.  

Throughout October, the network’s organizations will be hosting Land Trust Days, a series of outdoor activities and family-friendly events that will allow guests to learn about the benefits and importance of protecting natural places. 

“Our state is a remarkable place to call home,” Howard said. “There’s no better way to enjoy it than with the people who have boots on the ground every day. This month will be a real treat.” 

Local land trusts have prepared a variety of activities that will allow attendees to connect with the land and people who work to protect it. 

Events in Lowcountry include:

Charleston 

Oct. 12: Yoga in the park. Lowcountry Land Trust will host Yoga in the Park at Magnolia Park and Community Garden at 6 p.m. in West Ashley, a publicly-accessible property permanently protected through a conservation easement program.

Oct. 15: Flyways reception. This 7 p.m. banquet event by the Southeast Wildlife Exposition and Ducks Unlimited will be held in honor of the migratory journey waterfowl embark on across North America. 

Harleyville 

Oct. 8: Night walk at Beidler Forest.  Listen for the call of the Barred Owl and watch for the glint of alligator eyes on a 7 p.m. nighttime journey through the swamp at Beidler Forest. 

Kiawah Island

Oct. 11, Kiawah’s Bobcats: At 3 p.m. Oct. 11, the Kiawah Conservancy and Town of Kiawah Island will host a panel discussion on bobcat research on Kiawah Island, the harmful effects of second generation anticoagulant rodenticides and best practices. 

Oct. 15, Nature’s Best Hope: Renowned entomologist Doug Tallamy will discuss effective landscape designs at 10 a.m. that enhance local ecosystems and the importance of native plant communities that sustain food webs, sequester carbon, maintain bee communities and manage our watershed.

Oct. 15, Kiawah litter sweep:  Help keep Kiawah beautiful and clean by joining the Kiawah litter sweep at 9 a.m. on Oct. 15.  

Oct. 21, Native plant pop-up shop: The Kiawah Conservancy, Town of Kiawah Island, and Roots and Shoots Nursery will host a native plant sale at noon Friday, Oct. 21, in the Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden located at Night Heron Park.

Moncks Corner 

Oct. 14: Berkeley Battlefields Tour. Join the Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 14 for a six-hour tour of the Berkeley County Battlefields, which will begin at the Berkeley Museum and include stops at Fort Fair Lawn, Mepkin, Biggin Church, Wadboo and Quinby plantations.

“More than one million acres of land in our state will remain forever green – waterways, view sheds, working timberland and agricultural fields – thanks to your local land trust,” added Howard.

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