Charleston County parks
For more Inforamtion, call 795-4386 or visit ccprc.com.
Summer Camps: Many camps fill up in advance, so early registration recommended. Call 795-4386 or visit ccprc.com for a list of camps, dates and fees.
Moonlight Mixer: 7-11 p.m. June 1 and 22 at Folly Beach Fishing Pier. DJ Jim Bowers of 1340 The Boardwalk will play the hottest oldies and beach music classics. Beverages, food and snacks will be available for purchase. Tickets are limited. No refunds or exchanges. Tickets: $10/$8 county residents.
Mount Pleasant Pier Fishing Tournaments: 6 a.m.- 4 p.m. June 2 at Mount Pleasant Pier. Tournaments end at 4 p.m. and prizes are awarded at 4:15. Prizes for the largest game fish catch in each of the following categories: Adult Angler, Lady Angler, Youth Angler (3-12), Senior Angler (60+), and Total Weight of five fish. Online registration ends May 31. On-site registration starts at 6 a.m. June 2. Tournament held rain or shine. An adult chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Age: 3 and up. Fee: $12/$9 county residents. More information at the Mount Pleasant Fishing Pier at 762-9946.
Bikinis and Boardshorts 5K Run: 10 a.m. June 2 at Laurel Hill Plantation: There is more to the Bikinis and Boardshorts run than just racing around in swim attire. Participants will enjoy a fun awards ceremony with light food and beverages, an inflatable water slide and live music. Online and pre-registration will end June 1. On-site registration 8-9:30 a.m. race day. T-shirts available for participants who register before May 18. Participants ages 10-15 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. Fees: $34/$28 residents.
Yappy Hour: 4-8 p.m. June 7 at the dog park at James Island County Park. Folk Grass will perform live music, and beverages will be available for purchase on site. Outside alcohol and coolers are prohibited. Free with regular park gate admission.
Reggae Concert Series: 7:30-11 p.m. June 9 and 30 at James Island County Park. Bring your chair or blanket to enjoy live music by Jahson & Natty Vibes June 9 and Da Gullah Rootz June 30. Food, beverages and souvenirs will be available for purchase. Outside alcohol and coolers are prohibited. No advance tickets will be sold. Bands are subject to change. Gates open at 7:30 p.m.; music begins at 8:30 p.m. Fee: $8/Free for Gold Pass Holders and children under 13.
Scouts Day at Whirlin’ Waters: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. June 10. Scouts can play in the cool water, earn a water safety patch (additional fee) and win fun prizes. Combo meals at the Calypso Kitchen are available for $6. Must register online or call 795-4386 by June 8. Fee: $12.99 per Scout and family member. Free for Super Splash Pass holders (must register via Park and Program Services) and ages 2 and under.
Movies at the Mount Pleasant Pier: Sundown June 15. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a free family-friendly film. Movie listings at ccprc.com/movies.
Folly Pier Fishing Tournament: 6 a.m.-4 p.m. June 16. Register online through June 14, on-site starting 6 a.m. June 16. Tournament ends at 4 p.m. and prizes are awarded at 4:15. Prizes for the largest catch in the King Mackerel category and the three largest catches in the Big Fish category. Ages 3 and up. An adult chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Tournament held rain or shine. Fee: $12/$9 county residents, $14/$12 residents for King Mackerel. Folly Beach Fishing Pier at 588-3474.
Shaggin’ on the Cooper: 7-11 p.m. June 16. The Cruisematics will perform live oldies and beach music. Beverages will be available for purchase on-site. Attendance limited to 800 tickets. Age: 3 and up. Fee: $10/$8 residents, $10 on-site if still available.
Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series: 7:15 a.m. June 17 at James Island County Park. Race includes a 0.3-mile swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a 5K run. To register, contact Paul King at 881-8872, or go to ccprc.com/csts. Open to ages 16 and up.
Many programs require advance registration. Call 795-4386 or visit ccprc.com.
Early Morning Bird Walks: 8:30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays and Saturdays in June at Caw Caw Interpretive Center, 5200 U.S. Highway 17 South, Ravenel. Participants will walk through many distinct habitats 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 chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. $5, free for Gold Pass holders.
Adaptive Kayak Workshop and Paddling Intro: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 2 at James Island County Park. Participants will explore boat adaptations to help make the sport of kayaking work harmoniously with a physical disability. This entry-level course instructed by our ACA-certified instructors will teach getting comfortable with the boat, basic strokes, technique and safety. Pre-registration required. Age 16 and up. $42/$35 for county residents.
Climbing 101: 9 a.m.-noon June 2 at James Island County Park. Gear, basic knots, technique and how to belay. After completion, participants will be prepared to take a belay test upon their next visit to the Climbing Wall. Pre-registration required. Age 14 and up. $24/$20 residents.
Sea Kayak for parent and child: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 2 from park headquarters at James Island County Park. Parents and children can paddle a tandem kayak from Sunrise Park to a nearby beach, with views of the harbor and Fort Sumter and a seaside picnic. A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Pre-registration required. Age 8 and up. $36/$30 residents.
ACA Introduction to Kayaking, Level 1: 1-5 p.m. June 2 and 17 at James Island County Park. This entry-level course teaches basic strokes, techniques and safety. Pre-registration required. $42/$35 residents.
Carolina Blues: 1-2:30 p.m. June 2 at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. Why is the state flag blue? The park’s Historical Specialist will explain the legacy of Carolina Indigo. A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Pre-registration required. Age 9 and up. $6/$5 residents.
Fort Sumter and Charleston Harbor Kayak Trip: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 3 from park headquarters. The group will depart from Sunrise Park, paddle through Charleston Harbor to the historic fort, explore and return with the incoming tide. Pre-registration required. Age 16 and up. $48/$40 residents.
Team Charleston Championship Training Session: 5-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays June 4-July 2 at James Island County Park. The park’s youth climbing team is made up of dedicated and ambitious climbers ages 7-17 who want to reach new heights through training and competition. This session is designed for competitors attending USA Climbing Divisional and National Championships. Pre-registration required. $275/$250 residents.
How to Belay: 6-8 p.m. June 5, 12, 19 and 26 at James Island County Park. This is an abbreviated version of the Introduction to Climbing class. Pre-registration required. Age 14 and up. $12/$10 residents.
Sunset/Moonrise Canoeing at Caw Caw: 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 5 at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. Participants will witness the sun as it slips below the trees of Caw Caw Swamp and watch the moonrise over Tea Farm Creek. A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Age 9 and up. $15/$12 residents.
SNAKES, TURTLES, ALLIGATORS: 10-11 a.m. June 6 and 7 at Wannamaker County Park Cypress Hall. This presentation about local snakes, turtles and alligators is best suited for ages 3-12. Seating begins at 9:30 a.m., shows at 10 a.m. Only 300 seats will be sold for each show. $5/$4 residents, $5 walk-in, free for chaperones and children under 3.
Intro to Stand Up Paddleboard: 6-7:30 p.m. June 6 and 14, 2-3:30 p.m. June 10, 10-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m. June 23 at James Island County Park. Small, individualized classes allow you to progress at your own pace, and introduces you to proper techniques and safety considerations. Pre-registration required. Age 16 and up. Each class $24, $20 residents.
Surf Seining: 5-6 p.m. June 7 at Isle of Palms County Park. Anchovy, pompano, kingfish, stingray, crab and even a squid have shown up in the net. A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Pre-registration required. Age 6 and up. $9, $7 residents.
Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve Bird Walk: 7:30-9:30 p.m. June 8, starting at Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve on Folly Beach. Group could see songbirds such as the Painted Bunting as well as a variety of seabirds and shorebirds. Free with pre-registration. A registered chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Ages 12 and up.
McLeod Plantation: 9 a.m.-noon June 9, starting at park headquarters. Advance registration is required. Group will explore McLeod’s multifaceted history and discuss future prospects for this island treasure. Access to the main house will not be included in tour. A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. $6, $5 residents.
James Island SUP Marsh Tour: 12:30-3:30 p.m. June 9. Stand-up paddleboards launch from the James Island County Park crabbing dock. Group will enjoy some great views at high tide in the salt marsh. Three-hour tour recommended for those who already have the basics of SUPing or have a moderate to high level of athleticism. Pre-registration required. $36/$30 residents.
ACA Essentials of Kayak Touring, Level 2: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. June 10 at James Island County Park. Beginners will learn to paddle sea kayaks safely and enjoyably on lakes and other flatwater settings with little wind, waves or current. Boats, equipment, safety and basic strokes and rescues will be covered. Pre-registration required. Age 16 and up. $60, $50 residents.
Becky’s Box of Puppets: 10-11 a.m. June 13 and 14 at Wannamaker County Park Cypress Hall. Becky and her box of puppets are best suited for ages 3-12. Seating begins at 9:30 a.m. and shows start at 10 a.m. Only 300 seats will be sold for each show. $5, $4 residents. $5 walk-in, free for chaperones and children under 3.
Long Savannah Sunset Canoe: 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 13, starting at an off-site location. Group will head out among the old rice fields that once covered the area and catch the birds heading off to roost. Canoes will navigate the old irrigation channels. Age 16 and up. $36, $30 residents.
James Island Bird Walks: 8-10 a.m. June 14 at James Island County Park. Birding experts will help identify and count songbirds, birds of prey, wading birds and others found in the park’s diverse habitats. Free with pre-registration. A registered chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Age 9 and up. Free
Parent and Child Samplers, Canoe and Kayak: 9 a.m.-noon June 16 at James Island County Park. This hands-on class introduces basic strokes and equipment before giving families a chance to paddle a variety of kayaks and canoes. A registered and paid chaperone is required for ages 15 and under. Pre-registration required. $6, $5 residents.
Sea Kayak Self-Rescue Skills, Level 3: 2-5 p.m. June 16 at James Island County Park. Learn to recover from an unplanned capsize in rough water. Self and assisted rescues, and the strokes that make these rescues efficient, will be covered. Pre-registration required. Age 16 and up. $36/$30 residents.