May 2019 events and programs at Charleston County Parks

Public Contact or to Register: 843-795-4386 / www.CharlestonCountyParks.com

 

May Special Events

 

Superhero Dance

Cooper River Room – 99 Harry Hallman, Jr. Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC

Wed., May 1, 6-8 p.m.

People with special needs and their families and friends are invited to an unforgettable night! Come dressed as your favorite superhero!

Fee: $4

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Wheel to Surf

Folly Beach County Park

Sat., May 4, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This unique event provides individuals with physical disabilities an opportunity to experience surfing! Adaptive surfing staff from partner organizations Ocean Cure, Adaptive Surf Project, Adaptive Expeditions, and Coastal Adaptive Sports will provide instruction and assistance in a controlled environment. Participants must meet guidelines prior to registration. No fee required. 

Ages: 4 and up

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Motown in the Moonlight

Mount Pleasant Pier

Sat., May 4, 7 – 11 p.m.

Enjoy scenic views of the Charleston Harbor while dancing to live Motown music provided by Bobby Alvarez and the Supernaturals.

Fee: $8 in advance; $10 at event

Ages: 4 and up

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Wine Down Wednesday

Old Towne Creek County Park

Wed., May 8, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Come Wine Down your Wednesday and explore Old Towne Creek County Park, one of West Ashley’s hidden gems. Guests will enjoy wine and live music from David Grunstra while experiencing the beauty of this natural site. A commemorative wine glass is included with your admission. Food truck fare will be available for purchase on-site from Dough Boyz Pizza and Holy City Waffles. 

Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at gate

Ages: 21 and up

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Hops and Vines

McLeod Plantation Historic Site

Thu., May 9, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Explore beautiful McLeod Plantation at Hops and Vines! Enjoy wine, beer, and live music while experiencing the beauty of this historic site. Roving interpreters will be on-site to illustrate McLeod’s storied history. Admission includes 2 drink tickets. Additional drinks will be available for purchase on-site, as well as food truck fare.

Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at gate

Ages: 21 and up

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Shaggin’ on the Cooper

Mount Pleasant Pier

Sat., May 18, 7-11 p.m.

Enjoy scenic views of the Charleston Harbor while dancing to live classic oldies and beach music from the Shem Creek Boogie Band.

Fee: $8 in advance; $10 at event

Ages: 4 and up

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Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series Race #1

James Island County Park

Sun., May 19, race starts at 7 a.m.

Celebrating its 30th year, this five-race series includes a .3-mile swim, a 12-mile bike ride, and a 5K run. Participants are divided into: Open / Elite, Age Group and Masters, Clydesdale (men 220 pounds or greater under the age of 40), Masters Clydesdale (men 220 pounds or greater over the age of 40), and Athena (women 165 pounds or greater). Registration includes one t-shirt for the series. For information and to register visit www.charlestoncountyparks.com/csts

Fee: $55

Ages: 12 and up

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Moonlight Mixer

Folly Beach Pier

Fri., May 24, 7-11 p.m.
Dance the night away as DJ Jim Bowers plays all of the hottest oldies and beach music classics!
Fee: $8 in advance; $10 at event

Ages: 4 and up

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May Programs


Alligator Adventure

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Sat., May 4, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join us as we search for alligators and separate fact from fiction on this journey to learn why these large reptiles carry the special title of “keystone species.”

Fee: $7

Ages: 9 and up

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Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)

James Island County Park

Sat., May 4, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This fun and relaxed class will get you started with instruction on safety and the proper paddling technique that will allow you to progress comfortably at your own pace.

Fee: $30

Ages: 16 and up

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Johns Island Flag Football Tournament

St. John’s High School

Sat., May 4, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Come out for a day of throwback flag football for ages 20 and up. This is a one day competitive double elimination tournament play.   

Fee: $25

Ages: 20 and up

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Couples Challenge

Challenge Course at Outdoor Zone at James Island County Park

Sun., May 5, 2 – 5 p.m.

Enjoy an afternoon with your sweetheart, taking your relationship to new heights!

Fee: $25

Ages: 16 and up

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Intro to Climbing

Climbing Wall at Outdoor Zone of James Island County Park

Sun., May 5, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

There’s a lot to learn about climbing; getting your footing, learning the lingo, and starting out can be intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. In our Intro to Climbing class, you’ll receive expert instruction on the basics of climbing, the opportunity to meet and learn with other new climbers, and an overview of our facility. This 90-minute class will help kick off your new adventure with a 1:9 instructor to student ratio and lots of small group and partner work. Instruction takes place on both ropes and boulders, and the class will include your gear rental, too!

Fee: $25

Ages: 14 and up

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Nature’s Soundscape: How to Really Tune In

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Thu., May 9, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Master Naturalist advanced training opportunities provide exposure and skill development in areas such as natural history, natural resource management and nature interpretation. In order to keep a Master Naturalist certification, you must take at least eight hours of training per year. Listening to natural sounds can open new doors to experiencing the natural world, and every habitat has its own unique sounds. We’ll hone our auditory skills to enhance our connection to the natural world. 

Fee: $50

Ages: 18 and up

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Lighthouse Inlet Bird Walk

Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve

Fri., May 10, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

This walk focuses on the incredibly diverse northeast end of Folly Island. Once the home of a Coast Guard station, this Heritage Preserve protects maritime forest, beach, dune, and marsh habitats for wildlife. This site is a leader in number of bird species seen in South Carolina. At this time of year we hope to see spring arrivals such as Painted Bunting and Wilson’s Plover, plus much more. 

Fee: $7

Ages: 12 and up

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Intermediate Skateboarding

SK8 Charleston

Sat., May 11, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Must be proficient in all of the skills taught in Beginner Skateboarding. Students will be taught: skating up and down banks, roll-ins, maintaining speed, backside and frontside kickturns, and riding switch stance. Students will begin practicing dropping in. Helmets are required and pads are recommended. SK8 Charleston has skateboards, helmets, and pads (wrist guards, elbow pads, and knee pads) available for use at no additional cost during scheduled lessons. Skaters may use their own industry standard equipment. Includes free admission into the skate park on the day of the lesson as well as 1 courtesy pass for a return visit.

Fee: $65

Ages: 13-17

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Beginner Skateboarding

SK8 Charleston

Sat., May 11, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Learn the basics of skateboarding in a safe and fun environment! Little to no experience skateboarding is necessary. Students will be taught the components of a skateboard, proper safety equipment, skate park etiquette, determining stance: Regular or Goofy, foot placement on the board, pushing, carving, keeping your momentum, turning, and how to properly fall. Helmets are required and pads are recommended. SK8 Charleston has skateboards, helmets, and pads (wrist guards, elbow pads, and knee pads) available for use at no additional cost during scheduled lessons. Skaters may use their own industry standard equipment. Includes free admission into the skate park on the day of the lesson as well as 1 courtesy pass for a return visit.

Fee: $65

Ages: 8-12

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Alligator Adventure

Wannamaker County Park

Sat., May 11, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join us as we search for alligators and separate fact from fiction in this journey to learn why these large reptiles carry the special title of “keystone species.”

Fee: $7

Ages: 9 and up

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Introduction to Kayaking

James Island County Park

Sat., May 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Learn a new sport comfortably and enjoyably. Using a variety of boats, this entry-level course teaches you the basic strokes and skills to have fun on the water!

Fee: $55

Ages: 16 and up

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Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)

James Island County Park

Sat., May 11, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This fun and relaxed class will get you started with instruction on safety and the proper paddling technique that will allow you to progress comfortably at your own pace.

Fee: $30

Ages: 16 and up

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Swim Tune Up

James Island County Park

Mon.,, May 13, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Train on the actual open water Charleston Sprint Triathlon swim course with a Blue Sky Endurance certified triathlon coach. Participants will leave with an in-depth knowledge of the swim course and insider tips to gain confidence, increase efficiency, and improve times.

Fee: $15

Ages: 12 and up

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Sunset Moonrise Canoe Tour

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Fri., May 17, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Witness the sun as it slips below the tall trees of Caw Caw Swamp, and watch the moonrise over Tea Farm Creek while you paddle alongside a trained naturalist. Opportunities abound to view wildlife that will be settling in for the night or just waking up.

Fee: $28

Ages: 9 and up

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Basic Sailing

Meets at CCPRC Headquarters Parking Lot, 861 Riverland Drive

Fri., May 17 and Sun., May 19

Learn basic sailing nomenclature, along with rigging and de-rigging skills, safety, and the basics of tacking, jibing, and docking.

Fee: $125

Ages: 16 and up

5970            Off-Site – Destination at Off-Site Location                                 

                     May 17, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Off-Site – Destination

                     May 19, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Off-Site – Destination


Coastal Kayaking Workshop – Level 3

Folly Beach County Park

Sat., May 18, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This course offers a progression of skill and knowledge development for paddling at the coast. We will begin in the calmer waters of Folly River, working toward introducing ourselves into the ocean environment.

Fee: $85

Ages: 16 and up

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Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)

James Island County Park

Sat., May 18, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This fun and relaxed class will get you started with instruction on safety and the proper paddling technique that will allow you to progress comfortably at your own pace.

Fee: $30

Ages: 16 and up

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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Level 2

James Island County Park

Sat., May 18, 1 – 3 p.m.

Take the next steps in SUPing. We’ll practice some fun balance drills, improve stroke technique, and learn more safety skills. This fun class is a great prep for paddling in more challenging conditions.

Fee: $30

Ages: 16 and up

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Wilderness First Aid

James Island County Park

Sat., May 18 – Sun., May 19, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day

This intensive 2-day hands-on certification, taught by Wilderness Medical Associates, covers how to deal with medical emergencies in the wilderness, at summer camp, or on the trail. Class supplements lectures with realistic simulations.

Fee: $250

Ages: 18 and up

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Beginner Skateboarding

SK8 Charleston

Sun., May 19, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Learn the basics of skateboarding in a safe and fun environment! Little to no experience skateboarding is necessary. Students will be taught the components of a skateboard, proper safety equipment, skate park etiquette, determining stance: Regular or Goofy, foot placement on the board, pushing, carving, keeping your momentum, turning, and how to properly fall. Helmets are required and pads are recommended. SK8 Charleston has skateboards, helmets, and pads (wrist guards, elbow pads, and knee pads) available for use at no additional cost during scheduled lessons. Skaters may use their own industry standard equipment. Includes free admission into the skate park on the day of the lesson as well as 1 courtesy pass for a return visit.

Fee: $65

Ages: 13-17

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Intermediate Skateboarding

SK8 Charleston

Sun., May 19, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Must be proficient in all of the skills taught in Beginner Skateboarding. Students will be taught: skating up and down banks, roll-ins, maintaining speed, backside and frontside kickturns, and riding switch stance. Students will begin practicing dropping in. Helmets are required and pads are recommended. SK8 Charleston has skateboards, helmets, and pads (wrist guards, elbow and knee pads) available for use at no additional cost during lessons. Skaters may use their own industry standard equipment. Includes free admission into the park on the day of the lesson as well as 1 courtesy pass for a return visit.

Fee: $65

Ages: 8-12

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Little Groms – Beginner Skateboarding

SK8 Charleston

Sun., May 19, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Learn the basics of skateboarding in a safe and fun environment! Little to no experience skateboarding is necessary. This course is designed for young participants (groms) potentially having their first experience with skateboarding. Students will be taught the components of a skateboard, proper safety equipment, skate park etiquette, determining stance: Regular or Goofy, and foot placement on the board. Students will begin practicing pushing, carving, keeping momentum, turning, and how to properly fall. Helmets are required and pads are recommended. SK8 Charleston has skateboards, helmets, and pads (wrist guards, elbow and knee pads) available for use at no additional cost during lessons. Skaters may use their own industry standard equipment. Includes free admission into the park on the day of the lesson as well as 1 courtesy pass for a return visit.

Fee: $25

Ages: 5-7

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Intro to Sport Lead Climbing

Climbing Wall at Outdoor Zone of James Island County Park

Sun., May 19, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Our lead course is for those that have been top rope climbing and are ready to take things to the next level. Learning to lead climb gives you access to more walls as well as better prepares you for outdoor climbing. In this course you will learn about the risks involved in lead climbing, risk management, lead climbing equipment, clipping techniques, lead belaying, and falling skills. Pre-requisites: Lead climbing is not a beginner skill set. We require a base of experience to take our lead course. You need to have been climbing regularly for several months. You need to be top rope certified in our gym prior to registering for the course. You need to be able to climb 5.8 routes in our facility numerous times in a row.

Fee: $30

Ages: 14 and up

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Dawn Patrol Adult SUP Surf Camp

Folly Beach County Park

Tue., May 21 – Fri., May 24, 6:30 – 8 a.m. each day

Greet the mornings with a surf session led by a certified instructor. Hone your skills and appreciation for the sport and culture over the course of a week. But be careful, this could be habit forming!

Fee: $165

Ages: 16 and up

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This Month in History at McLeod: May 1862

McLeod Plantation Historic Site

Sat., May 25, 10 – 11:15 a.m.

The month of May in 1862 was pure chaos and fear of the unknown for the residents of James Island and Charleston. Join us for a look into what was happening and who was taking advantage of all the disruption as we explore this pivotal time in history.

Fee: $15

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Introduction to Short Boat Surf Kayaking

Folly Beach County Park

Sat., May 25, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Treat yourself to some fun by learning to ride the waves in a kayak. We’ll provide whitewater (short boats) and sit-on-top kayaks with a trained professional for you to learn fundamental surfing skills, important wave/ocean dynamics, etiquette, and safety. You’ll come away with a basic understanding of surfing that will give you the confidence to continue catching waves and grow as a kayak surfer.

Fee: $65

Ages: 16 and up

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Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)

James Island County Park

Sat., May 25, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This fun and relaxed class will get you started with instruction on safety and the proper paddling technique that will allow you to progress comfortably at your own pace.

Fee: $30

Ages: 16 and up

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SUP the Surf Zone

Folly Beach County Park

Sat., May 25, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Surf SUP! Enjoy the Sun., sand, and surf in this popular and historic pastime. Join a trained professional and learn fundamental surfing skills, important wave/ocean dynamics, board/paddle design, etiquette, and safety. You’ll come away with a basic understanding of surfing that will give you the confidence to continue catching waves and grow as a SUP surfer.

Fee: $65

Ages: 16 and up

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Advance registration required for many programs. Call 843-795-4386 or visit www.charlestoncountyparks.com to register. 

Many programs require that a minimum number of participants be met. 

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