Boneyard Beach Photography Tour on Bulls Island, April 19 - 5:00am
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Cape Romain! This pre-dawn excursion takes you through the winding creeks and bays of the refuge to Bulls Island where you will travel safari-style to the spectacular Boneyard Beach, one of the most photographed beaches on the east coast. Along the way and on the beach enjoy the birding and other wildlife, island exploration and beachcombing. The tour is $40 per person. Register with Coastal Expeditions at 843.884.7684 or visit www.coastalexpeditions.com.
|Boneyard Beach Sunrise.
Credit: Coastal Expeditions
Historic Lighthouse Tour July 6 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Explore two 1800's lighthouses on Cape Romain's Lighthouse Island. The tour begins at the Sewee Visitor Center at 12:00 pm for a historic presentation on the lights and lightkeepers. Following the tour, caravan to McClellanville to board the Coastal Expeditions ferry for an estuary cruise through the refuge wilderness. The tour is $45 per person. Register with Coastal Expeditions at 843.884.7684 or visit www.bullsislandferry.com.
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|Sewee Red Wolves!
The Sewee Center is home for four endangered Red wolves. Two sisters arrived at the Center from the Salisbury Zoological Park on November 1, 2012. Growing up at the Salisbury Zoological Park, MD, the endangered siblings don't shy away from admiring viewers. On May 21, 2013 a male and female arrived from the captive facility at Alligator River NWR. The male sired three pups in 2012 and hopes are high that pups will be born at the Center in 2014. With a population of approximately 300, the Red wolf is one of the most endangered animals in the world today.
|Red wolf sisters.
Credit: Salisbury Zoological Park
|Youth Fishing Rodeo. Credit: Tricia Lynch/USFWS|
Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center is the gateway to Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and Francis Marion National Forest. To encourage public involvement and use of the 325,000 acres of public land, recurring programs are offered at the Center.
Sewee Lecture Series, a monthly program, reflects national themes as well as items of local interest. Children's “hands-on” conservation education programs are offered on Saturday mornings once or twice each month. Guided wildflower walks in the woods are scheduled quarterly. Guided kayak trips through blackwater creeks and salt water creeks and bays, are offered seasonally.
Annual special events are traditionally held in the same month and, if possible, on the same weekends. For instance, the Youth Fishing Rodeo is offered on the second Saturday each June. The Cape Romain Lighthouse Tour is the only guided trip to visit Lighthouse Island. Four tours are offered each year.
BULLS ISLAND WEEKEND ECO-EXPEDITIONS
For the first time in 43 years, the Dominick House on Cape Romain's Bulls Island is once again receiving overnight guests. Hosted by Coastal Expeditions, refuge concession, the three day/two night weekend ecology trip has a focus on barrier island dynamics, the connections of human and natural history, and invasive species. A myriad of island wildlife and plants will be studied as guests explore the salt marsh, maritime forest and beach. Expeditions will be offered on the third weekend of October through May, with the first trip scheduled for October 18th - 20th.
In 1936, Mr. Gayer Dominick of New York conveyed Bulls Island to the Cape Romain NWR. Historically, from 1940 - 1969, the refuge awarded contracts to concessionaires who offered Bulls Island visitors lodging and meals at the Dominick House. During those 29 years, five concessionaires lived on the island with their families, providing quality services for those who came to the island to birdwatch, fish, photograph wildlife, beachcomb and archery hunt. Guests came from across the United States, Canada, and other countries including Finland, England, Germany, France, Sweden and South Africa. For more information and to register for an expedition, contact Coastal Expeditions at 843.884.7684 or visit Coastal Expeditions.
|Dominick House. Credit: Weatherly Meadors|