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Our Friends



  Sewee Earth Stewards students look at a hermit crab. Credit: Ray Paterra, USFWS
  Earth Stewards check out a hermit crab. Credit: Ray Paterra/USFWS


The Friends of Coastal SC (formerly the South Eastern Wildlife and Environment Education Association, Inc., SEWEE Association), is a non-profit Friends Group formed in 1996 to support the missions of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS) and Francis Marion National Forest (USFS). In 2002, the Friends agreed to expand their services to two other refuges in the SC Lowcountry Complex: Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin NWR and Waccamaw NWR. The Association is a major partner for these federal agencies as it supports biological projects and internships, provides funding for interpretive exhibits and activities, and delivers innovative, hands-on environmental education programming.

The Friends of Coastal SC has been significant to the creation, expansion and management of the Sewee Earth Stewards program. Based on the U.S. Fish and Widlife Earth Stewards framework, the cross-curriculum conservation education program focuses on freshwater wetlands, salt marsh and barrier island habitats for fifth and seventh-grade students. Since its beginnings in 1999 at two schools, the program has grown to 13 schools in the 2011-2012 school year.

For more information on the Friends and their projects with the SC Lowcountry Refuges and Francis Marion NF, visit their web site and download the membership form. Members are kept up-to-date via email and postal mail on projects and needs of the Friends and its partners.

Last updated: January 28, 2015
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