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Bulls Bay Nature Festival - From the Forest to the Sea


Saturday May 17, 2014


Bulls Bay Nature Festival Logo. Credit: Jannah Dupre


Second Annual Community Nature Festival!

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.

Get outside! Bulls Bay community agencies, organizations, businesses, and churches come together once again to bring you the 2nd annual Bulls Bay Nature Festival - From the Forest to the Sea. Festival events and activities will happen in the Francis Marion National Forest, on Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, at Camp Sewee, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site and at the Sewee Visitor Center.

Events and Activities

Browse through the Listing of Activities to see what's planned and read the more detailed Activity Descriptions. It's a day full of outdoor fun for everyone! Register for activities by calling the Sewee Visitor Center at 843.928.3368 or visit


South Carolina's Celebrated Naturalist Rudy Mancke joins us as Guest Speaker

It's All About Connections

Rudy likes to share a quote from John Muir "When you try to touch one thing by itself, you find it hitched to everything else in the universe." Rudy looks at the vast diversity of species and habitats found in South Carolina and their interconnections in the web of life then, zeros in on the Cape Romain and Francis Marion landscapes and the myriad of wildlife and plant species found in the forest and on the refuge. Rudy will close the Festival with his presentation at the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center.

Rudy Mancke SC Naturalist. Credit: USFWS
  SC Naturalist Rudy Mancke. Credit USFWS

Butterfly, bird and wildflower walks

Historic tours at Hampton Plantation and in the Francis Marion

Kayak paddles in the Wambaw Creek & Cape Romain Wilderness Areas

Live Red Wolf, Reptile and Raptor programs

For the Kids!

Archery, fishing, salt marsh explorations, nature art and sweet-grass basketry

Red wolf masks, turtle hats, animal tracks, fish art and face painting

And much more...

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 - 8 will showcase their creativity and talents in a beautiful wildlife art exposition and competition.

Also on exhibition will be Lincoln Middle-High School 2014 Federal Junior Duck Stamp entries, conservation messages, and a collection of research posters created by Lincoln National Art Honors Society and National Junior Art Honors Society members.

2014 Wildlife Art Calendars created by students during the 1st Annual Festival will be for purchase. All proceeds from the sale of calendars will benefit the art programs in the elementary and middle schools.

Community Art Exposition

Bulls Bay local photographers, artists and craftsmen will have their beautiful artwork forms on display and for purchase. Pieces include Landscape and wildlife photographs and paintings, pottery, jewelry, silkscreen scarfs and hangings and much more.


The day will be filled with musical entertainment for your enjoyment. Awendaw musician singer/songwriter Kathie Livingston will open the festival with guitar, playing traditional folk music, nature songs and children's tunes. Other local musicians include LIncoln-Middle-High School Steel Band with their incredible percussions, Rut Leland and Friends with foot-tapping bluegrass, pop-rock group the Graham Crolley Band and, the Awendaw community Singers who will bring your spirit alive with southern gospel song.


Plan to have lunch at the Festival. Burgers, hot dogs, desserts and other tasty fare will be available throughout the day.

Archery at Bulls Bay Nature Festival. Credit. Olga Caballero Snapshots from the 2013 Festival!


Archers Line Up To Shoot Targets
Credit: Olga Caballero


Festival Partners

Awendaw Green Francis Marion National Forest SC Department of Natural Resources
Camp Sewee Hampton Plantation State Historic Site The Center for Birds of Prey
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge Nature Adventures Outfitters Town of Awendaw
Clemson Cooperative Extension Sewee Outpost Town of McClellanville
Coastal Expeditions Sewee to Santee Community Development Corporation SEWEE Association

McClellanville Logo. Credit: Town of McClellanville Nature Adventures Outfitters Logo. Credit: NAO Forest Service Logo. Credit: USFS Birds of Prey Center. Credit: BOP Clemson Cooperative Extension. Credit: Clemson Extension
FWS Logo. Credit: USFWS Awendaw Logo. Credit: Town of Awendaw Coastal Expeditions Logo. Credit: Coastal Expeditions SC DNR Logo. Credit: SCDNR SC State Parks Logo. Credit: SC PRT
Sewee Outpost Logo. Credit: Sewee Outpost Awendaw Green Logo. Credit: Awendaw Green Camp Sewee Logo. Credit: Camp Sewee SEWEE Association Logo. Credit: SEWEE Assoc
Last updated: April 3, 2014
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