Many programs require advance registration.
Call 795-4386 or visit www.ccprc.com.
Pet Fest: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 14-15 at Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park. A weekend full of exhibits, demonstrations, experts, rescue groups and entertainment. Live music on Sunday, dock diving, contests, shows, kids activities. Pets must be restrained/leashed at all times. No outside food or beverages. Admission: $5 (ages 13 and up). Free for ages 12 and under, Gold Pass Holders and pets.
East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival: April 20-22 at James Island County Park. Daily schedule at ccprc.com/ecckf. This 22nd annual event is a full weekend immersion in the history, technique, hands-on experience, and fun of canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Opportunities range from daily sampler packages for the novice paddler to a full weekend package designed for the paddling enthusiast. Regular park admission fee.
Moonlight Mixer: 7 p.m. April 20 at Folly Beach Fishing Pier. Shagging on the pier returns with oldies and beach music by DJ Jim Bowers of 1340 The Boardwalk. Beverages will be available for purchase on site. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Fee: $10/$8 Charleston County residents/$10 on-site if still available.
Shaggin’ on the Cooper: 7-11 p.m. April 28 at the Mount Pleasant Pier. Dance to live classic oldies and beach music. Beverages will be available for purchase on site. Only 800 tickets will be sold for this event. Advance purchase is recommended. In the event of cancellation, tickets will be good for any 2012 Shaggin’ on the Cooper event. Age: 3 and up. Fee: $10/$8 residents/$10 on-site if still available.
Today: James Island Bird Walks. 8:30-10:30 a.m. 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 for those who pre-register. A registered chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under.
Today: Caw Caw Sunset/Moonrise Paddle. 5:30-8 p.m. at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. The group will see the sun slip below the trees of Caw Caw Swamp and watch the moonrise over Tea Farm Creek. Age 9 and up. A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Pre-registration required. Fee: $15/$12 residents.
Saturday, April 14: Early Morning Bird Walks at Caw Caw. 8:30 a.m.-noon at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. A walk through many distinct habitats will allow the group to view and discuss a variety of birds, butterflies and other organisms. Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-in registrations are welcome. A chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Fee: $5/Free for Gold Pass Holders.
Saturday: Morris Island Lighthouse Kayak Tour: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. starting at CCPRC headquarters. Ages 16 and up. Departing Folly River Boat Landing, the group will paddle toward the Morris Island Lighthouse and into the Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve. Participants can either paddle back to the boat landing or catch the shuttle ride. Fee: $60/$50 residents.
Saturday: Birding Basics. 9:30 -11:30 a.m. at Palmetto Islands County Park. Age 10 and up. The class will begin with birding essentials, covering proper attire, gear, basic terminology, characteristics of bird groups. The group will then move into the field to spot and identify birds. A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Fee: $6/$5 residents.
Saturday, April 21: Introduction to Climbing: 1-4 p.m. at James Island County Park. Ages 14 and up. The group will learn 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. Fee: $24/$20 residents.
Saturday: Intro to Stand-Up Paddleboard: 1:30-3 p.m. at James Island County Park. Ages 16 and up. SUPs are a go-anywhere water craft suitable for lakes, marshes, lazy rivers, ocean coasts and the dynamic surf zone. Small, individualized classes allow participants to progress at their own pace and introduces proper techniques and safety considerations. Fee: $24/$20 residents.
Monday-April 13: Spring Break Explorers Camp. Ages 6-10. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at James Island County Park. This camp introduces children to the beauty of our county parks. They’ll spend their days doing arts and crafts, playing cooperative games, scaling The Climbing Wall and exploring the natural world. Fee: $154/$140 residents.
Tuesday: Shem Creek After Work. The group will enjoy a relaxing paddle and Shem Creek views at sunset. Ages 16 and up. 5:30-8 p.m. starting at on off-site location. Fee: $36/$30 residents.
WednEsday: Night Climbing. 7-10 p.m. at The Climbing Wall at James Island County Park. Ages 16 and up. Equipment not included in climbing fee; participants should bring headlamp or flashlight. Registration not necessary. Fee: $12/$10 residents.
April 12: Intro to Stand-Up Paddleboard. 5:30-7 p.m. at James Island County Park. Fee: $24/$20 residents.
April 13: Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve Bird Walk. 8:30-10:30 a.m. starting at Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve. Age 12 and up. This walk focuses on the northern shoreline of Folly Beach, looking for a variety of seabirds, shorebirds and songbirds, hopefully including Wilson’s Plovers and Painted Buntings. Free for those who pre-register. A registered chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under.
April 14: Step and Steep, a Tea Farm tea party. 10 a.m.-noon at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. Ages 9 and up. A Historical Specialist will lead a walk, talk and taste-test while exploring the history behind tea cultivation in South Carolina. A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Fee: $6/$5 residents.
April 14: Stono Marsh Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour, 1-4 p.m. at James Island County Park. The group will explore the marsh off the Stono River adjacent to James Island County Park. The three-hour tour is recommended for those who already have the basics of stand-up paddelboarding or a moderate to high level of athleticism. Fee: $36/$30 residents.
April 15: Family Belay Lesson: Ages 4 and up. 1-4 p.m. at James Island County Park. Children ages 4-13 will climb while parents learn to belay. Children age 14 and up can learn to belay as well as climb. Fee: $18/$15 residents.
April 18-19: ECCKF Pre-Festival Offering: ACA Adaptive Paddling Workshop with Jeremy Oyen. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at James island County Park. Ages 18 and up. Learn how to adapt teaching styles to meet the specific and unique needs of a paddler who has a disability. This workshop teaches the medical, legal and social aspects of disability, along with the risk management, administrative and programmatic issues concerning adaptive programs. The workshop includes classroom and hands-on learning of adaptation development and instruction with a person who has a disability in both a pool session and open water paddling. Fee: $200.
April 18: ECCKF Pre-Festival Offering: Sea Kayak Surfing Clinic with Ben Lawry. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at James Island Count Park. This program will cover the skills needed to play safely in the surf, including a practice session in small waves. Participants will learn how to launch, break through the surf zone, pick and catch a wave, and ride the wave and foam pile. Also covered are stroke and wave timing, and other useful surf tactics. Fee: $75.
April 19: ECCKF Pre-Festival Offering: Sea Kayak Fine Tune with Roger Schumann. Age 16 and up. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at James Island County Park. The class will focus on improving strokes, working on rolls, practicing rescues, or developing any other aspect of paddling. Fee: $75/$75.