|Hampton Plantation Creek Paddle & Tour September 21st, 9:00am
Join a Naturalist at Echaw Creek Bridge FS-204 on the Francis Marion National Forest on Saturday, September 21st at 9:00 am. Paddle through the fresh and brackish marsh creeks of Hampton Plantation where you will see the abandoned rice fields of a by-gone era. Afterwards, you will visit the Plantation mansion to see the Carolina Gold Rice grown on the plantation and hear about this rich and incredible history that once thrived. Call Nature Adventures Outfitters at 843.568.3222 to register.
|Hampton Creek Paddle.
Credit: Nature Adventures Outfitters
|Cape Romain Historic Lighthouse Tour September 29th, 12:30pm-5:30pm
Don't miss this guided tour to Lighthouse Island on Sunday, September 29th. The tour begins at 12:30 pm with a presentation on the historic lights at the Sewee Visitor and Environment Education Center. Following the lecture, Lighthouse enthusiasts will travel to McClellanville to board the Island Cat Ferry. The island is located in a National Wilderness Area and the trip takes you through a pristine salt marsh and estuary with opportunities to view numerous shorebirds and seabirds and catch a glimpse of Bottlenose dolphins. Winding through the estuary to the island, 7 miles out, is part of the adventure! Boat space is limited and reservations are required. Book your tour with Coastal Expeditions at 843.884.7684 or visit www.coastalexpeditions.com
|Cape Romain Lighthouses.
|Click on the links below for detailed information on these and other events scheduled in September and October.|
|Sewee Red Wolves!
The Sewee Center is home for four endangered Red wolves. Two five-year old sisters arrived at the Center from the Salisbury Zoological Park on November 1, 2012. Growing up at the Salisbury Zoological Park, MD, the endangered wolves don't shy away from admiring viewers. On May 21, 2013 an eight-year old male and six-year old 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|
BULLS ISLAND NOVEMBER ARCHERY HUNT NOVEMBER 4-9, 2013 **DECEMBER 2013 ARCHERY HUNT CANCELLED**
The Cape Romain Bulls Island December white-tailed deer archery hunt, historically held during the first week in December, has been cancelled due to staff shortages and budget reductions.
In efforts to continue to offer a valuable outdoor recreation experience, the refuge has scheduled the annual November deer archery hunt for November 4-9, 2013. Archers who wish to participate in the November hunt must possess the required state hunting license and equipment. Bulls Island is located approximately three miles from the mainland. Hunters must provide their transportation to and from the island. Registered hunters will be allowed to camp in a designated area. For more information about the hunt and refuge hunt regulations, visit the Cape Romain website for a copy of the hunt brochure. Hunt brochures are available at the Sewee Center.
|Archers head out to hunt on Bulls Island.