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Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week October 12th - 18th at Cape Romain NWR


America celebrates National Wildlife Refuge Week October 12 - 18, 2014. On Saturday, October 18th, programs are offered at the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center and on Bulls Island to celebrate our wildlife and wild lands. Get outside and enjoy fishing, guided walks and tours on your refuge!


Boneyard Beach Photography Tour on Bulls Island, October 18th- 5:45 am:
Watch the day break over Boneyard Beach. The ferry leaves Garris Landing at 5:45 sharp! Enjoy the pre-dawn estuary cruise nad safari ride across the island to the Boneyard. Return to Garris at 8:30 or take a later ferry at noon or 4:00 p.m. Call Coastal Expeditions at 843.884.7684 to register.


Naturalist Guided Walk on Bulls Island, October 18th- 12:30 am:
Meet a Naturalist at Garris Landing to board the 12:30 ferry to Bulls Island. This is your time to discover what makes this barrier island so special. The ferry returns to Garris at 4:30 p.m. Call 843.884.7684 to register.


Sewee Pond Open for Fishing, October 18th- 9:00 am:
Family fishing begins at 9:00 at the Sewee Pond. Bring your fishing rod, bait and cooler and spend the day catching catfish and bream in the pond. Take a break to visit the exhibit hall and see the live reptiles in the Sewee lab!

Red Wolf Feeding and Program, October 18th- 11:00 am:
Join Rob Johnson, interpreter and caretaker, at 11:00 at the Sewee Center wolf enclosure to learn about the amazing recovery efforts for the endangered Red wolf. Be sure to catch Rob feeding the wolves as it's a good time to catch a glimpse of the pups!






Sewee Shell Ring Walk. Credit: David Mclean

Sewee Shell Ring Walk November 1st 10:00 a.m.

Meet Olga Caballero, Francis Marion NF Archeologist, at the shell ring trailhead for a delightful forest walk and insightful information about ancient dwelling and ceremonial sites of the native Sewee Indian tribe. Call the Center at 843.928.3368 and register for this free program.

Sewee Shell Ring Guided Walk.
Credit: David McLean
Cape Romain Lighthouses. Credit: Ben Sumrell

Historic Lighthouse Tour November 16th 11:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Explore two 1800's lighthouses on Cape Romain's Lighthouse Island. The tour begins at the Sewee Visitor Center at 11:30 a.m. 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

Lighthouse Island.
Credit: Ben Sumrell
Click on the links below for detailed information on these and other events scheduled in October and November.


Two Red wolf sisters. Credit: Salisbury Zoological Park. 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 six pups at the Center on April 8th. 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
  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.

View detailed information on events in October and November.





Dominick House on Bulls Island. Credit: Weatherly Meadors

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  



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Last updated: October 10, 2014
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