The Winyah Naturalist Program provides training opportunities for community members to develop the skills necessary to become active volunteer stewards of coastal South Carolina habitats. The 12 week course is offered in the spring. Participants meet once a week to explore coastal habitats with local experts, practice identification skills, learn ecological concepts, discuss the natural history and examine human impacts on the environment.
- Develop naturalist observation and recording skills.
- Understand basic biological and ecological concepts.
- Learn to read the natural history of a landscape.
- Analyze environmental issues.
- Cultivate good environmental stewardship practices.
- Explore unique habitats of the South Carolina Coast.
- Meet others who share your fascination with the natural world
Winyah Naturalists are certified through the SC Master Naturalist program, a SC Cooperative Extension program administered through the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources of Clemson University in cooperation with various partners around the state. Participants completing the course and 30 hours of approved volunteer work will receive a Master Naturalist certification and will be eligible to join a local chapter and participate in advanced volunteer training courses.
No special equipment is required to participate in the course other than a good pair of shoes that can get wet and muddy. A backpack, binoculars, and camera are recommended. This is a field-based class that involves some off-trail hiking where there may be a lack of bathroom facilities, and exposure to heat, cold, rain, insects, water, mud and fun.
Spring 2020 Course Information
The spring 2020 course will be held on Fridays, March 20th to June 12th, generally from 8:30 to 3:00. Registration is through Clemson and will be open until March 1, 2020 or the class is filled.
|3/20||NI-WB Reserve||Introduction, tools and skills|
|3/27||NI-WB Reserve||Ecological study techniques|
|4/3||Brookgreen Gardens||Intro to Birding and Botany|
|4/17||Rocky Point||Rivers and Upland Forests|
|4/24||NI-WB Reserve||Salt marshes|
|5/1||Hobcaw Barony||Forested wetlands|
|5/8||Francis Marion NF||Carolina bays, wild flowers|
|5/15||Huntington Beach SP||Beaches, marine invertebrates|
|5/22||Hobcaw Barony||Insects, night nature|
|5/29||NI-WB Reserve||BLITZ CREEK|
|6/5||Georgetown||Urban nature and issues|
|6/12||Kimbel Lodge||Final exam, graduation and reunion|
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