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Friends of Coastal South Carolina 
Supporting Our National Forest and Wildlife Refuges

Friends of Coastal South Carolina, Inc., is a non-profit corporation formed in 1996 to support the missions of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS) and Francis Marion National Forest (USFS). The Friends group began its service by opening a book sales outlet at the Sewee Center when the Center opened in December 1996. Our Friends group is a major partner as it supports biological projects and internships, provides funding for interpretive exhibits and activities, and delivers innovative and excellent education programming. The group partnered with the Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin and Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuges to expand the education outreach of these stations.

The Friends group for the National Wildlife Refuges and Forest of Coastal South Carolina has been significant to the creation, expansion, and management of the Sewee Earth Stewards program. Based on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Earth Stewards framework, the curriculum-based conservation education program focuses on freshwater wetlands, salt marsh, and barrier island habitats for fifth and seventh grade students. In 1997, the Friends began providing ecosystem programs for Cape Romain NWR and Francis Marion NF, reaching aobut 75 students annually for the first two years. Today, our Friends interact with over 14,000 students each year along the South Carolina coast. 

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