The keepers and teachers of the modern world

With a vast outdoor classroom at our fingertips, the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy team members are ambassadors to each resident and guest, introducing them to this landscape in ways large and small, structured and informal. Tours, classes and workshops, programs, research and field trips are all available to facilitate this environmental learning process.

April

Palmetto Bluff Conservancy April Photo Contest

April 1st – April 30th

April Theme: Wildflowers of the Lowcountry

The Palmetto Bluff Conservancy hosts a monthly photo contest that highlights the flora and fauna of the Lowcountry, and we want to see what you’ve seen! Each month will celebrate a different, Conservancy-related theme. All ages and skill levels are welcome! Photos must be submitted to info@pbconservancy.org to participate.

How are the photos judged?

Conservancy Educator, Aaron, will review each submission to ensure the photos meet all requirements. Approved entries will be sent to the Conservancy team to be judged in a blind judging.

Prizes: Each month, the 1st place winner will receive a prize from the Conservancy. Our top three participants will also receive raffle tickets (3 tickets for first place, 2 tickets for second place, and 1 ticket for third place) that will go into a pot for the chance to win a pair of Burn Fest tickets. The drawing will occur following the last Brown Bag Lunch of October 2022.

Rules:

  1. Submitting a photo to the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy photo contest gives the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy permission to use the photo for posts, publications, products, and advertising.
  2. Each participant may submit one photo per month related to that month’s theme. The photo does not need to be taken within that month.
  3. All images must be taken in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
  4. All photos must have complete information attached, including subjects, dates, and locations.
  5. Animal and plant photographs must be wild; no captive animals or planted specimens.
  6. The animal must be alive, and the photo be taken under natural conditions and in an ethical manner that places the welfare of the subject above the photographer’s desire to obtain an image.

Friday, April 1

Volunteer Day – Pollinator Garden

1 – 3 pm

Meet at the Conservancy Classroom

Do you need volunteer hours or just want to get your hands dirty? Aaron Palmieri, Conservancy Educator, will be spending the morning tending to the pollinator garden in Moreland Village. We will be weeding the garden beds and checking if any plants need some TLC.

Gardening gloves, closed-toed shoes, and long pants required.

Reservations required through: info@pbconservancy.org.

Friday, April 1

In-person & Virtual First Friday Lecture: Migrating Monarch

6 – 7 pm

Conservancy Classroom or Online

Join Dr. Vicky McMillan as she introduces us to the life history of the Monarch butterfly and its spectacular migrations to roosting sites in California and Mexico.

Face masks are required.

Walk-ins welcome.

If you would rather attend virtually, click on the following link (or copy and paste into your browser) to watch through zoom webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xZutVeeGSmaRe2pRHZy6ow

Tuesday, April 5

Research Excursion: Bluebird Surveys

9 – 11:30 am

Meet at the Conservancy Classroom

Do you want to see what happens on a bluebird survey? Spend the morning with our Educator, Aaron, as he monitors his portion of the 70+ bluebird boxes spread throughout Palmetto Bluff.

Closed-toed shoes and long pants required.

Reservations required through: info@pbconservancy.org.

Wednesday, April 6

FeederWatch

10 – 11 am

Conservancy Classroom or Online

Join the Conservancy Educator, Aaron Palmieri, as he monitors the Conservancy bird feeders as part of the Feederwatch citizen science project. Participants will learn how to identify birds that congregate at feeders during the winter, what foods attract different species, and be able to ask Aaron any bird-related questions they may have!

Face masks are required.

Walk-ins welcome.

If you would rather attend virtually, click on the following link (or copy and paste into your browser) to watch through zoom webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aMo9ySLqSm2RaOJ92kkm8A

Wednesday, April 6

In-person & Virtual Brown Bag Lunch: Pollination

12 – 1 pm

Conservancy Classroom or Online

What do you think of when you hear the word “pollinator?” Is it bees and butterflies? What about wasps, beetles, roaches, and bats? Join Lydia Moore, the Conservancy’s Research and Education Coordinator, as she explains the process of pollination and waxes poetic about less commonly highlighted pollinators.

Face masks are required.

Walk-ins welcome.

If you would rather attend virtually, click on the following link (or copy and paste into your browser) to watch through zoom webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_j58P_7QTSAW64D2m5xf3Ag

Thursday, April 7

Volunteer Day – Land & Wildlife Management

8 – 10:30 am

Meet at the Conservancy Classroom

Join Justin Hardy, Conservancy Land & Wildlife Manager, as we work on an array of day-to-day physical tasks required of a Land & Wildlife Manager. This is a great way to earn volunteer hours and to learn more about the responsibilities a land manager must undertake.

Work gloves, closed-toed shoes and long pants required.

Reservations required through: info@pbconservancy.org.

Thursday, April 7

Explore PBC: Wilson Cemetery Walk

9 – 10:30 am

Meet at the Wilson Village Post Office

Join our archaeologist, Dr. Mary Socci, as we stroll among the cemeteries of Wilson Village and hear tales of the lives of those who lay at rest.

Closed-toed shoes and long pants required.

Reservations required through: info@pbconservancy.org.

Thursday, April 7

FeederWatch

10 – 11 am

Conservancy Classroom or Online

Join the Conservancy Educator, Aaron Palmieri, as he monitors the Conservancy bird feeders as part of the Feederwatch citizen science project. Participants will learn how to identify birds that congregate at feeders during the winter, what foods attract different species, and be able to ask Aaron any bird-related questions they may have!

Face masks are required.

Walk-ins welcome.

If you would rather attend virtually, click on the following link (or copy and paste into your browser) to watch through zoom webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_p_aAQDICRw-op0Eaj1Ti4g

Wednesday, April 13

FeederWatch

10 – 11 am

Conservancy Classroom or Online

Join the Conservancy Educator, Aaron Palmieri, as he monitors the Conservancy bird feeders as part of the Feederwatch citizen science project. Participants will learn how to identify birds that congregate at feeders during the winter, what foods attract different species, and be able to ask Aaron any bird-related questions they may have!

Face masks are required.

Walk-ins welcome.

If you would rather attend virtually, click on the following link (or copy and paste into your browser) to watch through zoom webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wNa9LVDxRSKM2YFgPmtGSw

Wednesday, April 13

In-person & Virtual Brown Bag Lunch: Turkey Talk with Jay

12 – 1 pm

Conservancy Classroom or Online

Purrs, clucks, putts, and whistles! Wait, aren’t turkeys just supposed to gobble? Jay is excited to tell you all about his favorite animal in the world, from calls to behavior to the intricacies of the hunt.

Face masks are required.

Walk-ins welcome.

If you would rather attend virtually, click on the following link (or copy and paste into your browser) to watch through zoom webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wwEj67dhTFedP36ELKcp-A

Thursday, April 14

FeederWatch

10 – 11 am

Conservancy Classroom or Online

Join the Conservancy Educator, Aaron Palmieri, as he monitors the Conservancy bird feeders as part of the Feederwatch citizen science project. Participants will learn how to identify birds that congregate at feeders during the winter, what foods attract different species, and be able to ask Aaron any bird-related questions they may have!

Face masks are required.

Walk-ins welcome.

If you would rather attend virtually, click on the following link (or copy and paste into your browser) to watch through zoom webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_U1Qm-ZzfRTOQOKovpqr7Dg

Friday, April 15

PBC Birding: The Wedge

8 – 10:30 am

Meet at the Conservancy Classroom

Join the Conservancy as we stroll through longleaf pine woodlands in search of birds moving between open canopy and diverse understory.

Binoculars, closed-toed shoes, and long pants required.

Reservations required through: info@pbconservancy.org.

Tuesday, April 19

Research Excursion: Bluebird Surveys

9 – 11:30 am

Meet at the Conservancy Classroom

Do you want to see what happens on a bluebird survey? Spend the morning with our Educator, Aaron, as he monitors his portion of the 70+ bluebird boxes spread throughout Palmetto Bluff.

Closed-toed shoes and long pants required.

Reservations required through: info@pbconservancy.org.

Wednesday, April 20

Research Excursion: Cavity Nest Box Survey

8 – 11:30 am

Meet at the Conservancy Classroom

Join the Conservancy Educator, Aaron Palmieri, as we conduct the monthly cavity nest box survey. These large nest boxes are located in multiple habitats throughout Palmetto Bluff, and we are excited to see what animals call them home!

Closed-toed shoes/waterproof boots and long pants required.

Reservations required through: info@pbconservancy.org.

Wednesday, April 20

In-person & Virtual Brown Bag Lunch: History of Big House Island

12 – 1 pm

Conservancy Classroom or Online

From the Indigenous people who camped on the marsh islands to the early 20th century sawmill, Palmetto Bluff’s new community of Anson has centuries of history. Join the Conservancy’s Archaeologist to find more about this place and life on the New River.

Face masks are required.

Walk-ins welcome.

If you would rather attend virtually, click on the following link (or copy and paste into your browser) to watch through zoom webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__JhuElVpQGqjM4mCUeb00A

Friday, April 29

Explore PBC: Creatures of the Night

8 – 10 pm

Meet at the Conservancy Classroom

What goes bump in the night? Join the Conservancy as we head out into the woods to look and listen for nocturnal wildlife residing at Palmetto Bluff. We will listen for bats using ultrasonic bat detectors, check light trap for insects, and even meet with Conservancy staff conducting bat research!

Head lamps, closed-toed shoes, and long pants required.

Reservations required through: info@pbconservancy.org.

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This land has been managed for thousands of years. Our goal is to continue those efforts, even in the many conservation areas, nature preserves, interpretive trails, wetlands and predevelopment locations that are rarely visited. We maximize diversity. We protect and, where needed, restore. To make a donation, please click below.