Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week!
Please mark your calendar and plan to join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff and volunteers for a full weekend of fun, educational activities and events in celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week (always the 2nd full week in October).
Saturday, October 11, 2014: Wander Wild at Pinckney Island NWR
A full day of free activities is planned at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. For this special day, the interior gate will be open at 8:00 AM, and visitors will be allowed to drive through the refuge to the event area. Visitors can participate in naturalist hikes, birding walks, photography workshops, bird banding demonstrations, historical wagon rides, and much more. A live native reptile exhibit will be on display throughout the day, and as a special treat, visitors will get a rare chance to interact with President Theodore Roosevelt! Portrayed by Joe Wiegand, President Roosevelt will give two different presentations; one at 9:00 AM and one at 12:00 PM.
Other scheduled programs (hikes, workshops, etc.) will begin at 9:30 AM, and have limited seating; pre-registration is recommended. The remaining activities and exhibits (reptile display, archery education, saltwater fly tying, orienteering, wilderness awareness, Leave No Trace ethics, etc.) will run throughout the event; no registration is required.
The Friends of the Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges will also be serving hotdogs and drinks, while they last. Parking is limited, so please carpool if possible. For more information, or to pre-register for any scheduled programs, please contact Amy or Monica at (843) 784-9911.
Sunday, October 12, 2014: Savannah NWR Riverboat Cruise
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has partnered with the Savannah Riverboat Company to provide a unique opportunity to visit Savannah NWR by water. During the 3-hour cruise (12:00 – 3:00 PM), guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a lunch buffet and listen to an interpretive program while traveling up the Savannah River. President Roosevelt, portrayed by Joe Wiegand, will address the audience, followed by the refuge manager, who will talk about the wildlife and habitat resources of the refuge and how they are managed. This is a family-friendly event with special entertainment planned for children. Reservations for the cruise must be made through the Savannah Riverboat Cruises by calling (800) 786-6404 or visiting the Savannah Riverboat Company's website. The cruise, with the lunch buffet, is $49.95 for adults and $28.95 for children 4-12. The cruise only (no lunch) will be $31.95 for adults and $21.95 for children 4-12. Concessions may also be purchased on the riverboat.