Events

March 24: Customer Appreciation Day at Charleston County Parks. Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission says “thank you” by offering free gate admission to Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center, North Charleston Wannamaker, Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands and James Island county parks. Take advantage of free parking at Kiawah Beachwalker Park and Isle of Palms County Park, as well as the Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier, where fishing is also free for the day. The Mount Pleasant Pier will offer complimentary fishing March 24, but parking fees still apply. Visit ccprc.com for details on free events and giveaways at each park.

April 7: Lowcountry Cajun Festival at James Island County Park. Noon-6 p.m. Cajun Fest is a full-day of foot-stompin’ Zydeco music, Cajun and Creole foods, children’s activities and all around ragin’ Cajun entertainment. Don’t forget to sign up for the 2:30 p.m. crawfish eating contest. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. No coolers, outside beverages or pets permitted. Admission: $10 for adults (13 and up); free for children 12 and under and Gold Pass holders.

Programs

Pre-registration is required for many CCPRC programs. Many programs may fill up in advance, or do not meet the advance minimum requirement for participation. For more information or to register, call 795-4386 or visit www.ccprc.com.

March 21: Master Naturalist Sampler: Naturalist Training at Palmetto Islands County Park. 9 a.m.-noon. The hummock islands and salt marshes of this park will let us study estuaries, ecotones and edge biodiversity, as well as flora and fauna identification. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $15/$12 CCR Discount/ Pre-registration required.

March 22: After School Adventures: Archery at James Island County Park. 4:30-6 p.m. Archery is an age-old activity that has become a fast growing sport for youth. Enjoy a fun afternoon while you learn safe practices of archery and get your chance to shoot a bull’s-eye. Age: 10-14. Fee: $6/$5 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

March 22: Beachwalker Bird Walks at Kiawah Beachwalker Park. 8:30-11 a.m. Group will hike nearly two miles of pristine beach looking for a variety of birds, including raptors and songbirds. A registered chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Age: 12 & up. Fee: Free; however, pre-registration is required.

March 22-24: ACA Instructor Certification Courses: L-2 Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor Certification Workshop at James Island County Park. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. This workshop (IDW) with the certification exam (ICE) is for the ACA’s L-2 Basic Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Instructor. This certification is for those teaching students in areas with mild winds and modest tidal currents. Participants must be a current member of the ACA and have an ACA number by the start of your course. For more information, visit: www.americancanoe.org. Age: 18 & up. Fee: $300/$275 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

March 23: Introduction to Climbing: Climbing 101 at James Island County Park. 1-4 p.m. Learn gear, basic knots, technique and how to belay. After completion, you will be prepared to take a belay test upon your next visit to The Climbing Wall. Age: 14 & up. Fee: $30/$25 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

March 23: Parent and Child Trips: Charleston Harbor Sea Kayak. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Enjoy a tandem kayak excursion starting from Sunrise Park to nearby beaches with views of historical Fort Sumter. A registered and paid chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Age: 8 & up. Fee: $34/$28 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

March 23: Canoeing At Caw Caw: Heritage to Habitat Canoe Tour at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Travel back to the age of rice with this interpretive canoe trip. A registered and paid chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Age: 9 & up. Fee: $15/$12 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

March 23: Local Sea Kayak Trips: Fort Sumter and Beyond. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Departing from Demetre (Sunrise) Park, group will out with the tide and visit the fort. Weather permitting, group will head to Cummings Point on Morris Island for a little beach combing before paddling back with the tide. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $48/$40 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

March 23: Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Trips: Stono Marsh SUP Trip at James Island County Park. 1-4 p.m. Explore the marsh off the Stono River adjacent to James Island County Park. For your comfort and enjoyment, these trips are recommended to those who already have the basics of SUPing or have a moderate to high level of athleticism before signing up for a 3-hour tour. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $36/$30 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

March 23: Intermediate Climbing Courses: Climbing 202: Intermediate Technique at James Island County Park. 1-4 p.m. Are you hitting a plateau in your climbing? This class will help you progress to the next level. Students should have a current CCPRC Climbing Wall Belay Card and be able to climb in the 5.9 range. Age: 14 & up. Fee: $33/$27 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

March 23, 27, 30: Early Morning Bird Walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The walk through many distinct habitats will allow group to view and discuss a variety of birds, butterflies and other organisms. Walk-in registrations are welcome. A chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Fee: $5/Free for Gold Pass Holders.

March 27: College Days at James Island County Park. Noon-7 p.m. Students with a current ID will receive a free harness and shoe rental with the regular price of admission. Registration is not necessary. Fee: $10.

March 24: Intermediate Climbing Courses: Climbing 201: Sport Climbing at James Island County Park. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lead climbing, specifically sport climbing, is the next step after top roping. Skills covered include clipping, falling, belaying and more. Participants must have a current CCPRC Climbing Wall Belay Card and must be comfortable climbing 5.8 rated routes. Age: 14 & up. Fee: $39/$32 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

March 26: After School Adventures: Mountain Bike at Wannamaker County Park. 4-5:30 p.m. Though we do not have mountains in the Lowcountry, we will ride mountain bikes around the new trails at Wannamaker County Park and learn about shifting gears, safety, and equipment. Age: 13-16. Fee: $6/$5 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

March 26: After-Work Paddling Trips: Charleston Harbor from Demetre (Sunrise) Park at off-site location. 5:30-8 p.m. As we watch the sun set and catch the nearly full moonrise, we’ll paddle with the tide through Charleston Harbor. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $36/$30 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

March 27: Night Climbing at James Island County Park. 7-10 p.m. Try your favorite route from a different perspective. Equipment is not included in climbing fee. Bring your own headlamp/flashlight. Registration is not necessary. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $12/$10 CCR Discount.

March 28: Birding Trips: Francis Marion Foray. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy the day scouting with birding professionals for hawks, shorebirds, warblers, woodpeckers and other birds of the Francis Marion National Forest and Cape Romain’s Garris Landing. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $21/$17 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

March 29: After School Adventures: Archery at Palmetto Islands County Park. 4:30-6 p.m. Archery is an age old activity that has become a fast-growing sport for youth. Enjoy a fun afternoon while you learn safe practices of archery and get your chance to shoot a bull’s-eye. Age: 10-14. Fee: $6/$5 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

March 30: Family Outdoor Adventure Sampler: Canoe and SUP Sampler at Palmetto Islands County Park. 9 a.m.-noon. Whether sitting in a canoe or standing on a paddleboard there is something for everyone. Join a group for a hands-on experience that is sure to be fun for the whole family. A registered and paid chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Age: 6 & up. Fee: $18/$15 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

March 30: Canoe Programs: Long Savannah Interpretive Canoe Tour. 12:30-5:30 p.m. Explore one of the most remote sites in our local area. Paddle from Bulow Boat Landing and head north among the old rice fields that once covered the area, then circle back down with the tide. With its remoteness, and the help of an interpretive guide, this trip is sure to offer some wonderful wildlife sightings. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $46/$38 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

March 30: Intermediate Climbing Courses: Climbing 204: Top Rope Anchors at James Island County Park. 1-4 p.m. If you plan to take your climbing to real rock, this is a great course to learn all the basics of top rope anchor building. Discuss natural features and bolts. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $33/$27 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.