Get outside! Bulls Bay community federal, state and local agencies, organizations, schools and businesses come together once again to bring you the 4th annual Bulls Bay Nature Festival - From the Forest to the Sea. Festival activities will happen in the Francis Marion National Forest, at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, Charleston Zip Line Adventures, and the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center.
Plant Ecology in the Lowcountry: From Discovery to Recovery
The botanical history of the Lowcountry of South Carolina is filled with famous naturalists who named and categorized our flora while exploring a new realm. Over the last 300 years the Lowcountry has experienced significant cultivation and other alterations that have irrevocably transformed the landscape to produce the plant communities we see today. As we experience continued urbanization, how can plant ecology inform us about our changing landscape and the choices we need to make to preserve our natural resources? From historic discoveries to large-scale agriculture to the introduction of invasive species, local history is evident in today’s landscape and should direct modern ecologists going forward. This talk will highlight the contributions and experiences of past Lowcountry botanists and provide insight into how a historical perspective affects plant ecology in the Lowcountry today.
The festival is a day full of fun for everyone! Activities Include:
- Photography workshop at the Sewee Center
- Edible and native plant walks
- Bird and Wildflower walks
- Historic tours at Hampton and Tibwin Plantations
- Bulls Island Auto Tour
- Live red wolf, reptile, raptor and beekeeping programs
- Sweet grass basketry workshop
- Family Bike Trip in the Francis Marion NF
- Fishing in Sewee Pond
For the Kids:
Fishing, insect discovery and identification, and fresh water pond explorations
Red wolf masks, turtle hats, fish art, animal tracks and face painting
Pellet Gun Shooting Range
Wildlife Art Contest and Exposition
Students from Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School (CREECS), and St. James Santee Elementary students will showcase their creativity and talents in a wildlife art exposition and competition. 2017 note cards produced from the winners of the 2016 contest will be available for purchase at the festival and in the Bulls Bay community. All contributions from the sale of notecards purchase art supplies for the schools.
Native plant vendors and artisans will have pollinator plants, art and crafts on display and for purchase.
The day will be filled with musical entertainment for your enjoyment. Artists will include Daniel Patrick, Rene Russell, Awendaw Community Singers, Lowcountry Gospel Group, Lowcountry Friends of Old Time Music.
Plan to have lunch at the Festival. Lowcountry dishes, hamburgers, hot dogs, desserts and other tasty fare will be available, served by Building Hope Missions takeout.
Be sure to check the Bulls Bay Nature Festival website at www.bullsbaynaturefestival.org to see what's coming May 20th. Also visit our Festival Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/bullsbaynaturefestival.
The mission of the Bulls Bay Nature Festival - From the Forest to the Sea is to increase awareness, promote engagement and foster lasting connections with our unique natural places and wildlife in the Bulls Bay community.
Festival Partners: Awendaw Green - Hampton Plantation State Historic Site - The Center for Birds of Prey- Nature Adventures Outfitters - Town of Awendaw- Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge - Sewee Outpost - Town of McClellanville- Coastal Expeditions -Francis Marion National Forest - SC Department of Natural Resources -Friends of Coastal SC - SC Forestry Commission - East Cooper Fishing Club - Bowhunters of South Carolina - Charleston Zip Line Adventures