Events

April 19-21: East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival at James Island County Park. For a daily schedule, visit www.ccprc.com/outdoorfest. This newly expanded 23rd annual event is a full weekend immersion in the history, technique, hands-on experience and fun of canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and all things outdoors. Visit www.ccprc.com/ecckf or call 795-4386 to register. Children 17 and under are free with an accompanying adult registration.

April 27: Where the Wild Things Run 5K. Caw Caw Interpretive Center, 8:30 a.m. Explore your wild side on a scenic run through the trails of this 654-acre site rich in natural and historical resources. Online registration will end April 26. Participants ages 10-15 are welcomed to register, but must be accompanied by an adult chaperon. Fee: $34/$28 CCR Discount.

April 27: Shaggin’ on the Cooper at the Mount Pleasant Pier. 7-11 p.m. Spend an evening dancing on the scenic Mount Pleasant Pier to live music performed by Groove Train. Beverages will be available for purchase on site. Series passes also available. Call 795-4386 for more. Age: 3 & up. Fee: $10/$8 CCR Discount/$10 on-site if still available.

April 28: The town of Mount Pleasant Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival. Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park and the Mount Pleasant Pier, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The festival features a boat parade and ceremonial blessing of the shrimp and fishing fleet, plus seafood samplings from local restaurants, live music, an arts and crafts show, shag dancing and shrimp-eating contests, and family-friendly activities. Admission to the event and parking is free. For a full list of activities for Fleet Week, visit www.townofmountpleasant.com.

May 4: Charleston County Waterparks open. Splash Island in Mount Pleasant, Splash Zone on James Island, and Whirlin’ Waters in North Charleston open for weekends only in May starting May 4. For details, visit www.splashparks.com.

Programs

Pre-registration is required for many CCPRC programs. For more information or to register, call 795-4386 or visit www.ccprc.com.

April 18: ECPOF Pre-Festival Offerings: Sea Kayak Surfing Clinic with Ben Lawry at James Island County Park. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. This class will cover the skills needed to play safely in the surf, including a practice session in small waves. For beginner or intermediate kayak surfers. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $75. Pre-registration required.

April 18: ECPOF Pre-Festival Offerings: Greenland Paddle Making with Chris Raab at James Island County Park. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn to carve your own Greenland Paddle. You don’t need any special skills or tools. Raab will provide you with everything you’ll need, including the skills and techniques to go home with a new paddle, and the ability to make another. This class is held outside, so dress for the weather. Contact them at 609-412-9966 or tuktupaddles@verizon.net. Visit www.tuktupaddles.com/paddlemaking.html Age: 16 & up. Fee: $130. Pre-registration required.

April 18: ECPOF Pre-Festival Offerings: Principles of On-Water Incident Management with Todd Wright at James Island County Park. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. To effectively and efficiently manage incidents and mitigate their impact on others in open water environments, paddlers must be able to call upon a variety of open water, leadership and decision-making skills in a timely fashion. This class is recommended for paddlers who are confident with their paddling abilities in 2 to 3-foot waves and have solid fundamental rescue skills. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $75. Pre-registration required.

April 20, 24, 27: Early Morning Bird Walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. 8:30-11:30 a.m. This walk through many distinct habitats will allow group to view and discuss a variety of birds, butterflies and other organisms. Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-in registrations at Caw Caw are welcome. A chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Fee: $5/Free for Gold Pass Holders.

April 21: 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. Climbers must rely on their skills to climb, as the rope is no longer above you. 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.

April 21: Fishing on the Cooper: Spring Fishing Kickoff at Mount Pleasant Pier. 1-2 p.m. A Lowcountry expert will be on hand to share techniques that will make fishing the Mount Pleasant Pier a fun and rewarding experience. An adult chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Registration is not required. Age: 3 & up. Fee: Free.

April 22-24: ECPOF Post-Festival Offerings: L-3 Ocean Surf, SUP Instructor Certification Workshop at James Island County Park. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. This workshop is for current L-2 Certified SUP Instructors, and the certification is for those teaching students in areas with mild surf. It emphasizes safety, surf etiquette and fun in the surf zone. For more information, visit www.americancanoe.org. Age: 18 & up. Fee: $300. Pre-registration required.

April 22-24: ECPOF Post-Festival Offerings: L-2 SUP 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. For more information, visit www.americancanoe.org. Age: 18 & up. Fee: $300. Pre-registration required.

April 23, 30: How to Belay at James Island County Park. 5:30-7 p.m. Learn to belay in this abbreviated version of the popular Introduction to Climbing class. Age: 14 & up. Fee: $18/$15 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

April 23-28: Advanced Climbing Clinics: Climbing 301: Intro to Trad Climbing at James Island County Park. 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Tuesday), departs noon (Saturday), returns 8 p.m. (Sunday). Clinics are for the serious climber who wants to make the most of their total climbing experience. Classes are taught by an American Mountain Guides Association-Certified Single Pitch Instructor. Trad climbing allows you the freedom to climb without bolts or top accessed areas. Learn the basics so that you can get a solid foundation and safe start. CCPRC operates this program under a special-use permit with the Pisgah National Forest. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $180/$150 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

April 24: College Days at James Island County Park. Noon-7 p.m. Climbing is a fun way to get into shape and to meet new people. It is also a great social activity. 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.

April 24: After-Work Paddling Trips: Moonrise on Shem Creek. 5:30-8 p.m. The workday is over, so come out and enjoy the Shem Creek views at sunset. This paddle is a favorite for many. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $36/$30 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

April 24: Night Climbing at James Island County Park. 7-10 p.m. Enjoy an evening under the moon at The Climbing Wall. Equipment is not included in climbing fee. Bring your own headlamp/flashlight. Registration is not necessary. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $12/$10 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

April 25: Birding Trips: ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Join birding experts for a trip to this diverse refuge that lies along the Atlantic Flyway. Vast numbers of waterfowl, shorebirds, neo-tropical songbirds and birds of prey can be seen migrating to or through this area. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $21/$17 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

April 26: Beachwalker Bird Walks at Beachwalker Park. 8:30-11 a.m. The southwestern end of Kiawah Island is an excellent place to spot seabirds and shorebirds. Group will hike nearly two miles of pristine beach looking for a variety of birds, including raptors and songbirds. The program is free, however pre-registration is required. A registered chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Age: 12 & up.

April 27: Family Outdoor Adventure Sampler: Archery at Palmetto Islands County Park. 9-11 a.m. Learn the basics and have a friendly accuracy competition. A registered and paid chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Age: 10 & up. Fee: $12/$10 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

April 27: Local Sea Kayak Trips: Coburg Creek Kayak Exploration. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. This fun tour that passes by an old dairy while winding through a salt marsh creek. End up on the Stono River, then paddle Wappoo Cut back to the boat landing. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $48/$40 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

April 27: Family Outdoor Adventure Sampler: Archery at Palmetto Islands County Park. Noon-2 p.m. Archery is an age-old activity that has become a fast-growing sport for youth. Learn the basics and have a friendly accuracy competition. A registered and paid chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Age: 10 & up. Fee: $12/$10 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

April 27: Carolina Tea at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. 1-4 p.m. Explore the history behind tea cultivation in South Carolina over a cup of local tea and light snacks. Before the tea party, group will visit the 100-plus-year-old Tea Farm site and harvest tea from naturalized plants. Take tea leaves you collect home to make your own green and black tea. A registered and paid chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Age: 9 & up. Fee: $15/$12 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

April 28: Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Instructional Classes: Intro to SUP-Level 1 at James Island County Park. 1-3 p.m. This fun and relaxed class will get you started with instruction on safety and the proper paddling technique that will allow you to progress comfortably at your own pace. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $24/$20 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

April 30: After-School Adventures: Stand-Up Paddleboarding at Palmetto Islands County Park. 4:30-6 p.m. After school ends for the day, come to the park and have some fun on Stand-Up Paddleboards. Learn basic paddling skills and then have some fun on the water. Age: 8-12. Fee: $6/$5 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.

April 30-May 5: Rock Climbing Trips: Gym to Crag Weekend. 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Tuesday), departs noon (Saturday) and returns 8 p.m. (Sunday). Join group for two days of top rope climbing at Crowders Mountain, N.C. The high-friction routes offer a unique and aesthetic setting for learning outdoor movement skills and top rope anchoring techniques. At the conclusion of the weekend, climbers will have the skills necessary to climb independently outdoors, as well as the background to take the next step into more technical climbing. Belay skills are a prerequisite. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $154/$140 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.