City Park Rangers to Offer Free Ranger-Guided Programs in March 

The City of Columbia’s Parks Rangers will host a variety of free ranger-guided programs for the public to learn about the history and features of our local parks as well as the animals who call our parks home, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. 

Guests are encouraged to dress comfortably, bring binoculars and field guides as well as any essentials like water, sunscreen, insect repellent and sturdy walking footwear when participating in the programs. 

The following activities are free, and open to both youth and adults:

Ranger Program Schedule

Meet the Rangers |Tuesday Evening Series: March 19 at 6 p.m. | Riverfront Park (south), 312 Laurel St.

If you are new to the park or hesitant to venture out on your own, this is a perfect way to explore our park and meet our wonderful staff! These walks will provide a general overview of the park’s cultural and natural history, and allow you a chance to ask the rangers questions.  

Guests should meet at Riverfront Park South beside the Red Schoolhouse.

One City, Two Canals & Three Rivers | Sunday, March 24, 1-2 p.m. | Riverfront Park (south), 312 Laurel St.

Walk with us to learn how geography shaped us and how residents used our waterways in the past. Hear about the evaluation of the Columbia Canal following 2015’s flood, and discover details about construction of the Saluda Riverwalk.

Guests should meet at Riverfront Park South beside the Red Schoolhouse.

Spring Tree I.D. | Tuesday, March 26, 6-7 p.m.  |Riverfront Park (north), 4122 River Dr.

Leaves and blooms are popping as spring progresses, and it’s easier to identify trees as buds, blooms and leaves emerge.  Stroll along with a ranger to learn about the species on our floodplain forest, and take home a guide to help you identify trees that you have growing in your neighborhood.

Guests should meet at the Canal Headgates at Riverfront Park North.

Fish Passage Tuesday |Tuesday, April 2, 6 p.m. | Riverfront Park (north), 4122 River Dr.

Learn about the species including American Shad that make the journey from the North Atlantic Ocean into the Broad River, and look for fish as they swim past the observation window of the passage built to accommodate this migration.

For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

Columbia Parks & Recreation Department 

1111 Recreation Drive, Columbia, SC 29201

P: 803-545-3100 | F: 803-343-8744

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