Water parks: Splash Zone at James Island County Park, Splash Island at Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park and Whirlin’ Waters at Wannamaker County Park will be open weekends only in May. Splash Zone will open daily beginning May 21, Whirlin’ Waters and Splash Island open daily beginning May 28. www.splashparks.com.
Moonlight Mixer: 7 p.m. May 11, Folly Beach Fishing Pier. Shag on the pier to the sounds of oldies and beach music by DJ Jim Bowers of 1340 The Boardwalk. Beverages available for purchase. Advance ticket purchase recommended at www.ccprc.com or 795-4386. Fee: $10/$8 county resident discount/$10 on-site if still available.
Happy Hour: 4 p.m.-sunset May 17 at James Island County Park dog park. Free with $1 gate admission. Live music and beverages available for purchase. Outside alcohol or coolers prohibited. No preregistration required.
Dance Under the Stars: 6 p.m. May 18 at Mount Pleasant Pier. For special-needs participants and families and friends, co-sponsored by the Lowcountry Special Needs and Adaptive Programming Coalition. Only 300 tickets will be sold. Advance purchase is recommended. Registered and paid chaperon required for ages 15 and under. Preregistration required. Fee: $5/$4 CCR discount/$5 on-site (if available).
Shaggin’ on the Cooper: 7-11 p.m. May 19 at Mount Pleasant Pier. Dance to live classic oldies and beach music. Beverages available for purchase on-site. Only 800 tickets will be sold, advance purchase recommended. In the event of cancellation, tickets will be good for any 2012 Shaggin’ on the Cooper event. 795-4386. Age 3 and up. Fee: $10/$8 CCR discount/$10 on-site if still available.
Summer Pier Kickoff Tournament: 6 a.m.-4 p.m. May 19 at Folly Beach Fishing Pier. Prizes for Adult Angler, Lady Angler, Youth Angler (12 and under), Senior Angler (60 and over), Total Weight of five fish and King Mackerel. Tournament held rain or shine. Online registration ends at midnight May 17. On-site registration begins at 6 a.m. Tournaments end at 4 p.m. Prizes awarded at 4:15 p.m. For ages 3 and up. An adult chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Fee: $12/$9 CCR discount for ages 13 & up; $9/$7 CCR discount for ages 3-12; $14/$12 CCR discount for King Mackerel.
Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series: 7:15 a.m. May 20 at James Island County Park. This 22nd annual run-swim-bike event is the first of a five-race series. The race begins with a 600-yard freshwater swim in the lake at James Island County Park, continues with a 12-mile bike ride through the scenic paved paths of the park, and finishes with a flat 5K run. Athletes may sign up to participate in one or all races on May 20, June 17, July 8, July 29 or the championship event on Aug. 12. Each race is limited to 375 participants, and fees start at $55 per race. Register at www.ccprc.com.
Spring Fishing Kickoff Tutorial: 1 p.m. May 20 at Mount Pleasant Pier. Free event. A Lowcountry expert will share techniques that will make fishing the Mount Pleasant Pier a fun and rewarding experience. Learn some new techniques to land a big one. For ages 3 and up; an adult chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Parking fees at the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park apply.
Mullet Hall Open Trail Ride: May 25-27, departing noon May 25. Mullet Hall Equestrian Center. Bring your horse, camping gear and supplies for two nights of camping and trail riding on 20 miles of beautiful, wooded trails. Full restrooms and shower facilities available. A limited number of hookups are available for $20 per night. You may also camp in the primitive area for $10 per night. Stalls available for horses. Preregistration required. Fee: $45/$35 MHEC Trail Pass Holders.
Advance registration is required for many programs. Call 795-4386 or visit ccprc.com.
Early Morning Bird Walks at Caw Caw: A walk through distinct habitats will allow the group to view and discuss birds, butterflies and other organisms. Preregistration encouraged but walk-ins welcome. A chaperon is required for ages 15 and under. 8:30 a.m.-noon May 16, 23, 30 at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. Fee: $5/Free for Gold Pass Holders.
College Day Climbing: Students with a valid college ID will receive a free harness and shoe rental with the regular price of admission. Registration not necessary. Noon-7 p.m. May 16, 23, 30 at James Island County Park. Fee: $10.
Introduction to Climbing: This Climbing 101 class teaches about 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. Preregistration required. 1-4 p.m. May 19 at James Island County Park. Age 14 and up. Fee: $24/$20 CCR discount.
Intro to Stand-Up Paddleboard: Small, individualized classes allow you to progress at you own pace, and introduce you to proper techniques and safety considerations. Preregistration required. 5:30-7 p.m. May 10, 2-3:30 p.m. May 13, 10:30 a.m.-noon May 26 at James Island County Park. Age 16 and up. Fee: $24/$20 CCR discount.
Stand-Up Paddleboard Stono Marsh Tour: The group will explore the marsh off the Stono River adjacent to James Island County Park. Three-hour trips suggested for those who already have the basics of SUP-ing, or have a moderate to high level of athleticism. Preregistration required. 1-4 p.m. May 26. Age 16 and up. Fee: $36/$30 CCR discount.
James Island Bird Walk: Birding experts will help identify and count songbirds, birds of prey, wading birds and others found in the park’s diverse habitats. The program is free with preregistration. A registered chaperon is required for ages 15 and under. 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. May 10 at: James Island County Park. Age: 9 and up.
Folly Beach Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve Bird Walk: This walk focuses on the northern shoreline of Folly Beach, looking for seabirds, shorebirds and songbirds, hopefully including Wilson’s plovers and painted buntings. The program is free with preregistration. A registered chaperon is required for ages 15 and under. 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. May 11. Meets at Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve. Age 12 and up.
Wilderness First Aid: This intensive two-day 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. Preregistration required 8 a.m.-6 p.m. May 12-13 at James Island County Park. Age 16 and up. Fee: $237/$215 CCR discount.
Movies at Caw Caw: “Family Across the Sea” is an award- winning film that details the endurance of cultural ties between the communities of coastal South Carolina, Georgia, and West Africa. A registered and paid chaperon is required for ages 15 and under. Preregistration required. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 12 at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. Age 9 and up. Fee: $6/$5 CCR discount
Stand-Up Paddleboard Hike and Glide Around Little Oak Island: Three-hour trip recommended for those who already have the basics of SUPing or have a moderate to high level of athleticism. Preregistration required. 1-4:30 p.m. May 12, starting at CCPRC Headquarters. Age 16 and up. Fee: $36/$30 CCR discount.
Family Belay Lesson: Children ages 4-13 will climb while parents learn to belay. Children age 14 and up can learn to belay as well as climb. Preregistration required. 1-4 p.m. May 13 at James Island County Park. Age 4 and up. Fee: $18/$15 CCR discount.
L-2 Stand-Up Paddleboard Instructor Certification Workshop: This workshop (IDW) with the certification exam (ICE) is for the ACA’s L-2 Basic SUP Instructor who teaches students in areas with mild winds and modest tidal currents. Safety, efficiency and self-reliance for those traveling by SUP in controlled conditions will be emphasized. Participants must be a current member of the ACA and have an ACA number by the start of the course. Visit americancanoe.org. Preregistration required. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. May 14-16 at James Island County Park. Age 18 and up. Fee: $300/$275 CCR discount.
ACA Kayak Quickstart Level 1: During this two-hour hands-on informal program, experienced guides will show how to enjoy the local waterways and wildlife from a sea kayak. Preregistration required. 6-8 p.m. May 15 at James Island County Park. Age 16 and up. Fee: $24/$20 CCR discount.
Naturalist Training at Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve: Learn the importance of undeveloped areas on barrier islands and improve your ability to identify seabirds, shorebirds and songbirds as well as the many plants and animals of dune systems, salt marshes and maritime forests. Preregistration required. 9 a.m.-noon May 16 at Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve. Age 16 and up. Fee: $12/$10 CCR discount.
Paddling Folly River After Work: Group will take a short trip around Little Oak Island, viewing a sunset in the marsh from the seat of a kayak. Preregistration required. 5:30-8 p.m. May 16. Meets at off-site location. Age 16 and up. Fee: $36/$30 CCR discount.
Nocturnal Noisemakers: Group will listen for owls, frogs and others, and shine some gators and spiders along the way. A registered and paid chaperon is required for ages 15 and under. Preregistration required. 7:30-9:30 p.m. May 18, starting at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. Age 9 and up. Fee: $9/$7 CCR discount.