WATER PARKS: Charleston County Water parks are open weekends only. All three water parks open for daily operations beginning May 27. Visit www.splashparks.com for hours, fees and other details.
Shaggin’ on the Cooper: The event is held at the Mount Pleasant Pier, 7-11 p.m. Spend an evening dancing on the scenic Mount Pleasant Pier to live music performed by the Port Authority Band. In the event of cancellation, tickets will be good for any 2013 Shaggin’ on the Cooper event. Series passes also available. Call 795-4386. Age: 3 & up. Fee: $10/$8 CCR Discount/$10 on-site if still available.
Pre-registration is required for many CCPRC programs. For more information or to register, call 795-4386 or visit www.ccprc.com.
May 16: Sensational Seining at Isle of Palms County Park. 5-6:30 p.m. Gain a new perspective on creatures of the surf zone. Anchovy, pompano, kingfish, stingray, crabs and even squid have shown up in our net. Come out to the beach and meet some of your wave-bound neighbors. A registered and paid chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Age: 6 & up. Fee: $9/$7 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.
May 16: Stand-Up Paddleboard One Design Race at James Island County Park. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Join group for some friendly SUPing competition in this new race series: the BIC SUP One Design Challenge. All competitors will use the same board design and gear provided by CCPRC, for this friendly and fun competition. This series will consist of races during spring, summer and fall. All competitors will be entered into two national drawings for a stand-up paddleboard and a trip to Puerto Rico. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $6/$5 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.
MAY 18, 22, 25, 29: 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. 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.
May 18: Birding Trips: Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. The marshes, forests and impoundments of the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge provide incredible wildlife viewing. CCPRC’s birding professionals will lead this quest to find a variety of wading birds, songbirds, and other interesting species. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $21/$17 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.
May 18-19: Wilderness First Aid at James Island County Park. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. This intensive hands-on certification, taught by Wilderness Medical Associates, covers how to deal with medical emergencies in the wilderness, at summer camp, or on the trail. Class supplements lectures with realistic simulations. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $237/$215 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.
May 18: Sea Kayak Instructional Classes: ACA Introduction to Kayaking, Level 1 at James Island County Park. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn a new sport comfortably and enjoyably. Using a variety of boats, this entry-level course teaches you the basic strokes and skills to have fun on the water. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $42/$35 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.
May 18: Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Instructional Classes: Intro to SUP, Level 1 at James Island County Park. 10 a.m.-noon. 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.
May 18: Introduction to Climbing: Climbing 101 at James Island County Park. 1-4 p.m. This class is designed to introduce you to the world of climbing. Learn about 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.
May 19: Charleston Sprint Triathlon at James Island County Park. 7 a.m. This 23rd annual run-swim-bike event is the first of a five-race series. Athletes may sign up to participate in one or all of five races during the summer. Fees start at $55 per race.