Sewee Visitor & Environmental Education Center
Southeast Region

Bulls Bay Nature Festival - From the Forest to the Sea


Saturday May 16, 2015


Bulls Bay Nature Festival Logo. Credit: Jannah Dupre





Third 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 3rd 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, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site,the Sewee Visitor Center and Bishop Jerden Conference Center.


Dr. Richard Porcher joins us as Keynote Speaker


Dr. Richard Porcher will deliver the festival Keynote. Dr. Porcher is a noted field biologist, former professor of biology at The Citadel and an adjunct professor of biology at Clemson University. He is the founder of The Citadel Herbarium and established the Wade T. Batson Endowment in Field Botany at Clemson University to assist students in studies of South Carolina's plant ecology. Dr. Porcher authored Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry and the Lower Pee Dee and co-authored Lowcountry: The Natural Landscape, A Guide to the Wildflowers of South Carolina and, The Story of Sea Island Cotton. A native of Berkeley County, Dr. Porcher received his MS and PhD in Biology from the University of South Carolina. He will close the Festival with his presentation at the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center.

Dr. Richard Porcher holds carnivorous plant in Carolina Bay. Credit: Kathy Greider
  Dr. Porcher leads a walk to find carnivorous flowers in a Carolina Bay. Credit: Kathy Greider

Events and Activities

The festival is a day full of fun for everyone! Activities Include:

NEW! this year - Photography workshop at the Sewee Center

More bird walks than previous years

Butterfly and wildflower walks

Historic tours at Hampton Plantation

Kayak paddles in the wilderness salt marshes and blackwater creeks

Live red wolf, reptile,and raptor programs

Sweet grass basketry workshop

For the Kids:

Archery, fishing, salt marsh explorations, and nature art

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

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 - 12 will showcase their creativity and talents in a beautiful wildlife art exposition and competition. Winners will see thier work displayed in a 2015 wildlife art calendar which will be available for purchase in the Bulls Bay community. All proceeds from the sale of calendars will benefit the art programs in the schools.

Also on exhibition will be Lincoln Middle-High School 2015 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.

Community Art Exposition

Bulls Bay local photographers, artists and craftsmen will have their beautiful artwork forms on display and for purchase.


The day will be filled with musical entertainment for your enjoyment. Artists will include Awendaw musician singer/songwriter Kathie Livingston, Rene Russell, Rut Leland and Friends, Wendy Fisk and Commitment, the Awendaw Community Singers and the Graham Crolley Band.


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

Exploring the pond life. Credit: Jean Sullivan Snapshots from the 2014 Festival!


Exploring the pond life.
Credit: Jean Sullivan



Snapshots from the 2013 Festival!

Festival Partners

Awendaw Green Hampton Plantation State Historic Site The Center for Birds of Prey
Bishop Jerden Conference Center Nature Adventures Outfitters Town of Awendaw
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge Sewee Outpost Town of McClellanville
Coastal Expeditions Sewee to Santee Community Development Corporation  
Francis Marion National Forest SC Department of Natural Resources
Friends of Coastal SC SC Forestry Commission  



Last updated: May 27, 2015
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