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Explore the Outdoors During the City's Park Ranger Program

 

Grab your family and friends and see how much fun learning can be! The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is hosting free ranger-guided walks, tours and workshops.

 

Guests will learn how to install their own rain barrel, the history of the Columbia Canal, what wildlife can be found in your local park and more. 

 

Schedule

 

Spring Fever Fix | Tuesday, March 28 7-8 pm

Join us for a two-mile loop around the north end of Riverfront Park.  We’ll walk for exercise and stop periodically to breathe in the spring air, and admire nature’s abundance!

Meet in the Riverfront North parking lot, 4122 River Drive

 

No Foolin’ Nature Walk | Saturday, April 1 9-10:30 am

Walk with us to learn about the plants, animals and history that make Riverfront Park so great!  Spring is a great time of year to explore Riverfront’s North end. 

Meet in the Riverfront North parking lot, 4122 River Drive

 

Wildlife Walk | Tuesday, April 4 from 6-7 pm

Discover the abundant wildlife that can be found right here in the middle of our city. 

Meet at the Riverfront Park North parking lot (4122 River Drive)

 

Spring Fever Fix | Saturday, April 8 1-2:30pm

Join us for a two-mile loop around the north end of Riverfront Park.  We’ll walk for exercise and stop periodically to breathe in the spring air and admire nature’s abundance.  Wear your fast walking shoes and pack a water bottle!

 

Spring Break Nature Series | April 10-14: Drop in Monday to Thursday between 11 am-2pm

The Park Rangers and Sustainable Midlands are pleased to feature our Carolina River Ranger collaboration.  Bring your family to the park to explore interpretative learning stations beside the Columbia Canal and discover some of the things that make our river city so cool!  We’ll talk about watersheds, water quality and the critters that live here.  Dress for the forecast, and pack a picnic lunch to enjoy before or afterward.

Meet beside the Canal Headgates and Lock at the Riverfront Park North (4122 River Drive)

 

Fish Passage Tour | Tuesday, April 11 from 6-7 pm

Walk to the edge of the Broad River to learn about anadromous fish and the extraordinary journeys undertaken by American Shad and other species as they migrate from oceans to freshwater rivers to spawn.

Meet at the Riverfront Park North parking lot (4122 River Drive)

 

Canal History Tour| Saturday, April 15, 2016 1-2 pm

Join the rangers for a guided tour along the historic Columbia Canal and learn how it played a part in Columbia’s growth for almost 200 years. We’ll discuss the original canal, Columbia’s Waterworks, the earliest hydropower plants, and the SC State Penitentiary (CCI).

Meet at the Riverfront Park South beside the Red Schoolhouse (312 Laurel Street)

 

Wildlife Walk | Tuesday, April 18 from 6-7 pm

Discover the abundant and diverse wildlife right here in the middle of our city. 

Meet at the Riverfront Park North parking lot (4122 River Drive)

 

Fish Passage Tour | Tuesday, April 25 from 6-7 pm

Walk to the edge of the Broad River to learn about anadromous fish and the extraordinary journeys undertaken by American Shad and other species as they migrate from oceans to freshwater rivers to spawn.

Meet at the Riverfront Park North parking lot (4122 River Drive)

 

Spring Birds | Saturday, April 29, 6:00-7:30 pm

Join our rangers with your binoculars and field guides in hand for a series of visits to birding spots at twilight as feeding ends and birds nest and roost for the evening.   All levels of birders are invited to join this outing. We may choose to caravan to a second site if conditions are favorable, but this location is usually a birder’s paradise in the spring.  Please wear walking shoes, dress for the forecast. Meet at the Riverfront Park North parking lot (4122 River Drive)

 

Spring Tree Identification| Sunday, April 30, 10-11:30

Explore the variety of trees in our city and parks.  We’ll learn to use an identification key that you can take home to identify the trees in your yard, neighborhood or local park. Meet at the Granby Park gazebo (100 Catawba Street)

 

Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars and field guides as well as any essentials like water, sunscreen, bug repellent, hats and sturdy walking footwear.

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

 

 

 

Parks & Recreation Department | 1111 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29203

P: 803-545-3100| F: 803-343-8744

 
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