Mount Pleasant Pier Fishing Tournaments: 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 6. Mount Pleasant Pier. Enjoy fishing at the foot of the Ravenel Bridge on Charleston Harbor. Tournaments end at 4 p.m.; prizes are awarded at 4:15. Prizes are awarded for the largest gamefish catch in each of the following categories: Adult Angler, Lady Angler, Youth Angler (3-12), Senior Angler (60+) and Total Weight of five fish. Advance online registration available; on-site registration is available Oct. 6 beginning at 6 a.m. Tournament held rain or shine. For details, call the Mount Pleasant Pier at 762-9946. Fee: $12/$9 CCR (Charleston County Resident) Discount.
Latin American Festival: Noon-6 p.m. Oct. 12. Wannamaker County Park. Celebrate the sights and sounds of the Latino world. Live salsa and merengue music will fill the air as you enjoy authentic food, craft items, kids’ activities and much more. No pets, outside food or beverages permitted. $10 entry; free for students and members of the military with a valid ID; free for Gold Pass Holders and children ages 12 and under.
Yappy Hour at James Island County Park: 4-8 p.m. Oct. 11. James Island County Park. Free event with park admission. Join group after work for beverages and fun at the James Island County Park Dog Park. Live music will be performed by local band Old You. Beverages available on-site; outside alcohol or coolers are not permitted. Free with regular park gate admission.
Folly Beach Challenge: Oct. 20. 8 a.m. start. Folly Beach Fishing Pier. Hit the beach to compete in a challenging off-road triathlon. Paddle a 3-mile stretch of the Folly River, bike approximately 8.5 miles on Folly Beach, and then run a 3-mile section of the beach. New this year is a special awards division for stand-up paddleboards. Online registration ends Oct. 19. Late registration, if available, will take place at packet pick up on Oct. 19. Race-day registration not available. Team registration is available; three participants required per team and one member of the group must be at least 18 years of age. For ages 16 and up. Fee: Teams: $92/$76 CCR Discount & Individual: $44/$36 CCR Discount.
rUNdead 5K: Oct. 27. 5 p.m. start. Old Towne Creek County Park. Zombies are invading West Ashley during this new 5K obstacle run. The inaugural rUNdead 5k will feature a race on the trails of Old Towne Creek County Park (adjacent to Charles Towne Landing). Online registration ends Oct. 24. If available, late registration will take place between 3-4:30 p.m. on Oct. 27. Participants ages 10-15 can register for this course, but must be accompanied by an adult chaperon. Fee: $40/$32 CCR Discount.
Pre-registration is required for many CCPRC programs. Note that many programs may fill up in advance, or do not meet the advance minimum requirement for participation. For more information or to register, call 795-4FUN (4386) or visit www.ccprc.com
Oct. 4: Oct. Night Climb at The Climbing Wall at James Island County Park. 7-10 p.m. Try your favorite route from a different perspective. Equipment not included in climbing fee; bring your headlamp/flashlight. Registration is not necessary. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $12/$10 CCR Discount
Oct. 5: Explore Your Parklands: Laurel Hill Plantation. Pre-registration required. 1-4:30 p.m. Amid increasing development east of the Cooper River, more than 700 acres of natural beauty have been preserved adjacent to Park West. From the ruins of the old plantation home to the surrounding forests, this property provides a peek into 18th- and 19th-century life in East Cooper. A registered and paid chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Age: 9 & up. Fee: $6/$5 CCR Discount.
Oct. 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31: Early Morning Bird Walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. 8:30 a.m.-noon. 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.
Oct. 6: Birding Trips: Francis Marion Foray. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Join CCPRC birding professionals for a jaunt within the Francis Marion National Forest in search of warblers and other long distance travelers. A registered and paid chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $21/$17 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.
Oct. 6: Family Outdoor Adventure Sampler: Kayak and SUP Sampler at James Island County Park. 9 a.m.-noon. This hands-on class introduces basic strokes and equipment before giving families a chance to paddle. A registered and paid chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Age: 6 & up. Fee: $18/$15 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.
Oct. 6: Get Fit with Fido: Paws and Pose Doga Class at James Island County Park. 9-10 a.m. Regular practice brings greater flexibility, good health, and peace of mind for you and your dog. All fitness levels welcome. Limit one dog per human. All dogs must be on a leash; no retractable leashes. Dogs must be at least 6 months old to participate and have all required vaccinations. Age: 18 & up. Fee: $15/$12 CCR Discount.
Oct. 6: Intro to Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) at James Island County Park. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Because of its simplicity and fun factor, SUPing has become the fastest growing paddle sport in the country. Whether for fun or fitness, you’ll love this new way of playing on the water. SUPs are a go-anywhere water craft suitable for lakes, marshes, lazy rivers, ocean coasts and the dynamic surf zone. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $24/$20 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.
Oct. 6: Climbing 101 at James Island County Park. 1-4 p.m. This class is designed to introduce you to the world of climbing. Upon completion, participants will be prepared to take a belay test upon their next visit to the Climbing Wall. Age: 14 & up. Fee: $30/$25 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.
Oct. 7: ACA Introduction to Kayaking - Level 1 at James Island County Park. Noon-4 p.m. Learn to kayak. This entry-level course will teach you basic strokes, techniques and safety. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $42/$35 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.
Oct. 8-12: Introduction to Kayak Rolling. 7-8 p.m. Small pool classes ensure your comfort throughout the process. Participants ages 13-15 may register for one of these courses, but must be accompanied by an adult chaperon. Age: 13 & up. Fee: $58/$48 CCR Discount.
Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31: College Days at James Island County Park. Noon-7 p.m. Students will receive a free harness rental and shoe rental with the regular price of admission. Registration is not necessary. Fee: $10.
Oct. 11: After-School Adventures: Mountain Bike at Wannamaker County Park. 4-5:30 p.m. Though we do not have mountains, participants will ride mountain bikes around the new trails at Wannamaker County Park, learn how the gears operate and have some fun in the process. Age: 10-12. Fee: $6/$5 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.
Oct. 12: Folly Beach Bird Walk at Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve. 8:30-10:30 a.m. This walk focuses on the northern shoreline and maritime forest of Folly Beach. A registered chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Age: 12 & up. Fee: free; however pre-registration is required.
Oct. 12: After-School Adventures: Archery at James Island County Park. 4:30-6 p.m. Archery is an age-old activity that has become a fast growing sport for youth. Enjoy a fun afternoon while you learn safe practices of archery and get your chance to shoot a bull’s-eye. Age: 8-12. Fee: $6/$5 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.
Oct. 13: Junior Naturalist: Freshwater Wetland Discovery at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. 9 a.m.-noon. You may be surprised to discover what lives in the cypress swamp and surrounding wetlands at Caw Caw. Adult chaperons are welcome to attend and require no registration. Age: 8-12. Fee: $12/$10 CCR Discount.
Oct. 13: Intermediate Climbing Courses: Climbing 205: Top Rope Rescues at James Island County Park. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn valuable rescue skills for your next rock climbing trip. Participants should have a current CCPRC Belay Card. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $48/$40 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.
Oct. 13: Ancient Charleston: Native American History and Culture at Wannamaker County Park. 10-11:30 a.m. Examine Native American life in coastal South Carolina and discover how Charleston’s earliest inhabitants thrived off of the abundance local resources. A registered and paid chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Age: 9 & up. Fee: $6/$5 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.
Oct. 13: Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Trips: Little Oak Island SUP Tour. 1-4:30 p.m. Let’s go hiking through the salt marshes behind Folly Island. You may have done this trip in a kayak, but the stand-up view, and the chance to use some new muscles, makes this a brand new experience. For your comfort and enjoyment, we recommend these trips to those who already have the basics of SUPing or have a moderate to high level of athleticism. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $36/$30 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.
Oct. 14: Sea Kayak Instructional Classes: ACA Strokes and Maneuvers Refinement, Level 3 at James Island County Park. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. It’s time to perfect your technique. Using on-water practice and video analysis, our ACA instructors will assist you with fine-tuning your paddling skills. This course is designed for those with basic skills who want to take it to the next level. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $48/$40 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.
Oct. 14: Local Sea Kayak Trips: Fort Sumter Kayak Tour. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Everyone should paddle to Fort Sumter at least once. Group will depart from Sunrise Park and paddle through Charleston Harbor to our most historic fort. After exploring, group will return with the incoming tide. Age: 16 & up. Fee: $54/$45 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.
Oct. 14: Family Climbing: Family Belay Lesson at James Island County Park. 1-4 p.m. A great way to spend time together climbing and learning new skills. Children ages 4-13 will climb while parents learn to belay. Children ages 14 and up can learn to belay as well as climb. A registered and paid chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Age: 4 & up. Fee: $18/$15 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.
Oct. 16: Little Explorers: Pumpkin Pals at James Island County Park. 10-11 a.m. Learn about the parts of a plant through a memorable orange fruit. Scoop seeds, investigate plant life cycles and have fun decorating a pumpkin to take home. Programs are for children ages 3-5 and their registered and paid adult chaperons. Age: 3-5. Fee: $5/$4 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.
Oct. 17: Junior Naturalist: One Earth at Mount Pleasant Pier. 4-6:30 p.m. With a population around 7 billion, humans can have quite an impact on the environment we all share. Learn about natural resource use, land development and ways you can make a difference to keep our home planet healthy. Adult chaperons are welcome to attend and require no registration. Age: 8-12. Fee: $12/$10 CCR Discount. Pre-registration required.