September 2017 events and programs at Charleston County Parks and Recreation

September Special Events

Cast Off Fishing Tournament Series

Saturday, Sep. 2, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mount Pleasant Pier

Join us in a fun fishing tournament at the Mount Pleasant Pier! Prizes are awarded for the three largest catches in the Big Fish category. Prizes will be awarded immediately following the tournament. Catches will also be included in the Reel It In Weekly Challenge. On-site registration begins at 6 a.m. An adult chaperone is required for ages 15 and under. Fees vary. Visit CharlestonCountyParks.com for details.

Yappy Hour at Splash Island Waterpark

Thursday, Sep. 7, 4:30 p.m. – sunset

Splash Island Waterpark

Bring your pup and join us after work for beverages in the waterpark! Dogs will be allowed in the water, but owners will not be permitted to swim. Concessions will be available for purchase. No outside alcohol, food or coolers. All dogs must be current on all vaccinations for entry into the event, and each dog should be registered to one adult owner/chaperone. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are $8 per dog in advance, or $10 on site if available.

Shaggin’ on the Cooper: The Coppertones

Saturday, Sep. 9, 7 – 11 p.m.

Mount Pleasant Pier

Enjoy scenic views of the Charleston Harbor while dancing to live classic oldies and beach music by The Coppertones. Beverages, food, and snacks will be available for purchase on site. Outside alcohol, beverages, and coolers are strictly prohibited. Advance purchase is recommended. A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Fee: $10.

Dog Day Afternoon

Saturday, Sep. 9, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.

Splash Island Waterpark

Waterpark season is over, but on this special day, dogs will have free rein at Splash Island in Mount Pleasant! Select pool areas will be open for dogs only; owners will not be allowed in the water. Two two-hour time sessions will be offered. Dogs must be current on all vaccinations for entry. Tickets are limited; advance purchase is recommended. Each dog should be registered to one adult owner/chaperone and must be kept in control and at close hand. Fee: $8 per dog in advance or $10 at the gate if available. For details, visit CharlestonCountyParks.com.

Dog Day Afternoon

Sunday, Sep. 10, 12 – 5 p.m.

Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark

Waterpark season is over, but on this special day, dogs will have free rein at Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark! Select pool areas will be open for dogs only; owners will not be allowed in the water. All dogs must be current on all vaccinations for entry into the event. Tickets are limited; advance purchase is recommended. Each dog should be registered to one adult owner/chaperone and pets must be kept in control and at close hand. Fee: $12 per dog in advance or $15 at the gate. For details, visit CharlestonCountyParks.com or call 843-795-4386.

Wine Down Wednesday

Wednesday, Sep. 13, 5 – 7 p.m.

Old Towne Creek County Park

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 by Chris Dodson while experiencing the beauty of this natural site. The Dashi food truck will also be on site. Admission is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event and includes wine and a commemorative wine glass.

Yappy Hour: Dallas Baker

Thursday, Sep. 14, 4 p.m. – sunset

James Island County Park

Bring your pup and join us after work in the dog park at James Island County Park for live music by Dallas Baker and beverages. No outside alcohol, food, or coolers permitted. Free with regular admission to James Island County Park ($2 per person).

Moonlight Mixer

Friday, Sep. 15, 7 – 11 p.m.

Folly Beach Pier

Dance the night away as DJ Jim Bowers plays the hottest oldies and beach music classics! Beverages, food, and snacks will be available for purchase on-site. Outside alcohol, beverages, and coolers are strictly prohibited. Advance purchase is recommended. Photo ID required to gain entry. A registered chaperone is required for ages 15 and under. Fee: $8 in advance; $10 on site if available.

Cast Off Fishing Tournament Series

Saturday, Sep. 23, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Folly Beach Pier

Join the fun at the final Folly Beach Pier fishing tournament of the season! Prizes awarded for the three largest catches in the Big Fish category. Prizes will be awarded following the tournament. Catches will also be included in the Reel It In Weekly Challenge. On-site registration begins at 6 a.m. Adult chaperone is required for ages 15 and under. Visit CharlestonCountyParks.com for further information.

Bark in the Park

Saturday, Sep. 23, 12 – 4 p.m.

Wannamaker County Park

Pets are encouraged to bring their owners to a one-of-a-kind celebration. The costume-friendly event offers pet exhibits, demonstrations, experts, entertainment, great food, beer and more! Pets must be restrained/leashed when not in the dog park. No outside food or beverages permitted. Admission is $5 or free for ages 12 and under and Gold Pass holders.

Wine Down Wednesday

Wednesday, Sep. 27, 5 – 7 p.m.

Old Towne Creek County Park

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 by Mark Jackson while experiencing the beauty of this natural site. The Pic-A-Nick Basket food truck will also be on site. Admission is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event and includes wine and a commemorative wine glass.

September Programs

Advance registration or minimum number of registrants required for many programs. Call 843-795-4386 or visit charlestoncountyparks.com to register.

Ongoing Programs

Early Morning Bird Walks at Caw Caw

Our trek through many distinct habitats will allow us to view and discuss a variety of birds, butterflies, and other organisms. A paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Registration is not required.

Ongoing: Every Wednesday and Saturday in September: Sep. 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30                         8:30 -11:30 a.m.

Meets at: Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Fee: $10/Free for Gold Pass Holder and Move IT! Pass Holder

Tai Chi

For adults experiencing muscular tension, fatigue, arthritis pain, and intestinal distress, Tai Chi has proven effective as part of a holistic approach to wellness. With a focus on stability and balance, Tai Chi may help reduce or prevent falls commonly associated with aging.

Ongoing: Saturdays, Sep. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30                 4 -5 p.m.                                                   

Meets at: Move IT Office                                                                    Age: 16 & up

Fee: $8/Free Move IT! Pass Holder. Register for six or more classes and receive a discount. Coupon code: FITMULTI.

Yin Yoga

Balance your job, gym workouts, and even other styles of yoga practice with yin yoga. Yin promotes stress release and improves connective and fascia tissue by holding poses for up to 4 minutes. Open to all fitness levels.

Ongoing: Sundays, Sep.  3, 10, 17, 24                           5 – 6:15 p.m.

Wednesdays, Sep. 6, 13, 20, 27                                      5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Meets at: Move IT Office                                                                    Age: 16 & up

Fee: $10/Free Move IT Pass Holder. Register for six or more classes for a discount. Coupon code: FITMULTI.

Walk and Restorative Yoga at James Island County Park

Join us for an invigorating walk mixed with relaxing and rejuvenating yoga in an incredibly beautiful setting. It is the perfect way to start your day in a positive and restoring way. Open to all levels, including young mothers with children in strollers.

Ongoing: Mondays and Thursdays in September: Sep. 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28                           9:30 -10:30 a.m.

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 16 & up

Fee: $8/Free Move IT Pass Holder. Register for six or more classes and receive a discount. Coupon code: FITMULTI

Walk and Restorative Yoga at Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Yoga professionals lead participants along short walking loops through the breathtaking natural habitat of Caw Caw. Practice gentle and restorative yoga techniques to build strength, flexibility, and balance.

Ongoing: Mondays and Thursdays in September: Sep. 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28                           9:30 -10:30 a.m.

Meets at: Caw Caw Interpretive Center                                          Age: 16 & up

Fee: $8/Free Move IT Pass Holder. Register for six or more classes and receive a discount. Coupon code: FITMULTI

Yoga Unplugged

Bask in the sights and sounds of the beach during this sunset yoga series complete with live acoustic music. Open to all fitness levels.

Ongoing: Every Tuesday and Thursday in September: Sep. 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28                   5:45 -6:45 p.m.

Meets at: Isle of Palms County Park                                                Age: 16 & up

Fee: $8/Free Move IT! Pass Holders. Register for six or more classes and receive a discount. Coupon code: FITMULTI

Chair Yoga

Chair yoga is a gentle practice of traditional yoga poses performed while sitting in a chair or using a chair for support when standing. The practice improves range of motion, reduces stress and pain, and increases the overall sense of well-being. Open to all fitness levels.

Ongoing: Offered Mondays and Wednesdays in September: Sep. 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27                            11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Meets at: Move IT Office                                                                    Age: 16 & up

Fee: $8/Free Move IT Pass Holder. Register for six or more classes and receive a discount. Coupon code: FITMULTI

College Days at the Climbing Wall

Climbing is a fun way to get into shape and to meet new people. It is also a great social activity. Students with a current ID will receive a free harness and shoe rental with the regular price of admission. Registration is not required.

Ongoing: Wednesdays in September: Sep. 6, 13, 20, 27                                                         12 -7 p.m.             

Meets at: James Island County Park

Fee: $12

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Fitness: Power yoSUP

Prepare to work up a sweat in this fitness-based approach to yoga on the paddle board. Participants flow from one pose to another using breath as an anchor to increase strength, flexibility, and calorie burn. Yoga and paddleboarding experience preferred.

Ongoing: Mondays and Wednesdays in September: Sep. 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27                           5:45 -6:45 p.m.    

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 16 & up

Fee: $8/Free Move IT Pass Holder

Yoga Unplugged

Bask in the sights and sounds of the beach during this sunset yoga series complete with live acoustic music. Open to all fitness levels.

Ongoing: Mondays and Wednesdays in September: Sep. 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27                            5:45 -6:45 p.m.

Meets at: Folly Beach County Park                                                  Age: 16 & up

Fee: $8/Free Move IT! Pass Holders. Register for six or more classes and receive a discount. Coupon code: FITMULTI

Creekside Yoga

Experience yoga with the sights and sounds of Horlbeck Creek in the background. Certified yoga instructors will guide you through a flowing series of yoga postures that focus on alignment and breath to build flexibility and strength. Open to all levels. Well-behaved leashed dogs and children in strollers are welcome.

Ongoing: Tuesdays and Thursdays in September: Sep. 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28                              8:30 -9:30 a.m.    

Meets at: Palmetto Islands County Park                                         Age: 16 & up

Fee: $8/Free for Move IT Pass Holder. Register for six or more classes and receive a discount. Coupon code: FITMULTI

Night Climbing

Enjoy an evening under the stars at The Climbing Wall! Try your favorite route from a different perspective. Equipment is not included in climbing fee. Bring your own headlamp/flashlight. Registration is not necessary.

Ongoing: Thursdays in September: Sep. 7, 14, 21, 28                                                              5 -10 p.m.             

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 16 & up

Fee: $12/$9 Move IT! Pass Holder

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Fitness: Gentle yoSUP

Stand-up paddleboarding meets yoga on the lake, a beginner-friendly setting with no current or tide. Calm water allows participants to focus on poses to stretch and strengthen the torso, hips, and legs while quieting the mind and creating a state of ease through breath and relaxation. Open to all levels.

Ongoing: Saturdays in September: Sep. 9, 16, 23, 30                                                              8 -9 a.m.               

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 16 & up

Fee: $8/Free Move IT Pass Holder

Daily Programs

Team Charleston Recreational Programs: Wall Crawlers

Our Wall Crawlers program is 12 weeks full of fun, excitement, and challenge for your child. They’ll learn to belay and climb through fun and interesting games and activities.

Sep. 2-Nov. 18             Sat                                  9 -11 a.m.                                                              Course # 52727

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 9-11

Fee: $225

Team Charleston Competitive Programs: Junior Team

The Junior Team is for the climber eager to challenge their skills in the competition setting. Climbers will learn competition rules, disciplines, and fundamentals, while developing a strong foundation in sportsmanship behavior.

Sep. 2-May 21              Sat (9 -11 a.m.) & Mon (5 -7 p.m.)                                                            Course # 52723

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 7-12

Fee: $955. Fees cover practices Sep.-May (monthly payment options available). Additional fees required for Championship Season in May.

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Instructional Classes: Intro to SUP – Level 1

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. Pre-registration required.

Sep. 2                            Sat                                  10 a.m.-12 p.m.                                                   Course # 52655

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 16 & up

Fee: $25/$20 Move IT! Pass Holder

Team Charleston Recreational Programs: Little Monkeys – Saturday

Our Little Monkeys program offers a way for young novice climbers to learn about climbing in a fun and safe environment. The program will build self-confidence and stronger climbing skills in the new climber.

Sep. 2-Nov. 18             Sat                                  11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.                                              Course # 52728

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 6-8

Fee: $200

Banana Spiders and the War Doctor

Ever see a banana spider and panic? Not all respond this way. Overcome your fears with some spider sleuthing while learning how this creature inspired one McLeod occupant to become a scientist and children’s author. Chaperone required for ages 15 and under. Pre-registration required.

Sep. 2                            Sat                                  11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.                                        Course # 52576

Meets at: McLeod Plantation Historic Site                                      Age: 8 & up

Fee: $20

Team Charleston Competitive Programs: Intermediate Team

The Intermediate Team is for climbers that are serious about competing and have a desire to learn how to train. Team members will focus their training on how to become a stronger, smarter, more efficient climber. Fees cover practices September -May.

Sep. 2-May 22              Sat (11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m.) & Tue (5 -7 p.m.)                                          Course # 52725

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 9-17

Fee: $1,110. Monthly payment options are available.

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Walk-up Instructional Classes

This 1-hour quick start class is taught by ACA-certified instructors. You will learn the basics of stand-up paddleboarding, from proper stance and form to safety. Six students per class will be taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration not required.

Sep. 2                            Sat                                  1 -2 p.m.                                                                Course # 52642

Sep. 2                            Sat                                  2:30 -3:30 p.m.                                                     Course # 52643

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 10 & up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Fee: $15

Sea Kayak Instructional Classes: ACA Kayak Quickstart – Level 1

Learn about the fun-filled sport of kayaking. During this 2-hour hands-on informal program, our experienced guides will show you how you can enjoy the local waterways and wildlife from a sea kayak. Pre-registration required.

Sep. 2                            Sat                                  1 -3 p.m.                                                                Course # 52741

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 16 & up

Fee: $25/$20 Move IT! Pass Holder

Team Charleston Competitive Programs: Elite Team

The Elite Team is for climbers that are dedicated to climbing as a sport. Team members will focus their training on how to become stronger, smarter, more efficient climbers. Climbers in this program have a strong desire to compete on a national level. Fees cover September-May.

Sep. 2-May 23              Sat (1 -4 p.m.), Mon & Wed (5 -7 p.m.)                                                    Course # 52724

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 10 & 19

Fee: $1,265. Monthly payment options are available.

Introduction to Climbing: Intro to Climbing

This clinic is tailored for first time climbers and people wanting to learn more about getting started with rock climbing. Have fun, meet new people, and learn the safety basics in a no pressure environment! Pre-registration required.

Sep. 3                            Sun                                 2 -4 p.m.                                                                Course # 52712

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 14 & up

Fee: $25/$20 Move IT! Pass Holder

McClellanville Flag Football

This fun instructional program concentrates on fundamental skills, teamwork, developing character, and social skills. Practice begins week of August 14, 2017.

Sep. 5-Oct. 12              Tue, Thu                        3 -5 p.m.                                                                Course # 50964

Meets at: St James Santee Elementary School                            Age: 6-8

Fee: $15

McClellanville Fundamental Football

Learn basic football skills in a fun and energetic environment. Coaches will use a series of drills to demonstrate passing, catching, and running in a non-contact setting. Practice begins week of August 14, 2017.

Sep. 5-Oct. 12              Tue, Thu                        3 -5 p.m.                                                                Course # 52554

Meets at: St James Santee Elementary School                            Age: 4-5

Fee: $15

McClellanville Girls Volleyball

This program will concentrate on skill development, fundamentals, teamwork, and league play. Practice begins week of August 14, 2017.

Sep. 5-Oct. 16              Mon-Thu                        3 -5 p.m.                                                                Course # 51938

Meets at: Lincoln High School                                                          Age: 10-15

Fee: $30

McClellanville Micro Soccer

This program will concentrate on fun instructional league play, fundamental skills, teamwork, character development, and social skills. Final game and practice schedule will be confirmed at Parent Meeting. Practice begins week of September 11, 2017.

Sep. 5-Oct. 16              Mon-Thu (3 -6 p.m.) & Sat (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)                                           Course # 51803

Meets at: St James Santee Elementary School                            Age: 4-7

Fee: $30

McClellanville Tackle Football: Ages 8-10

Based on child’s level of play, parents may decide which age group 10-year-olds may participate in. Contact staff for assistance. Final game and practice schedule will be confirmed at Parent Meeting. Practice begins week of August 14, 2017.

Ages 8-10: Sep. 5-Oct. 16                                Mon-Thu                                                                3 -7:30 p.m.          Course # 50961

Meets at: St James Santee Elementary School                            Age: 8-10

Ages 10-12: Sep. 5-Oct. 16                              Mon-Thu                                                                3 -7:30 p.m.          Course # 50962

Meets at: St James Santee Elementary School                            Age: 10-12

Fee: $30

McClellanville Cheerleading

This fun instructional program concentrates on fundamental skills, teamwork, developing character, and social skills. Final schedule of practice days and times will be confirmed at Parent Meeting. Practice begins week of August 14, 2017.

Sep. 5-Oct. 16              Mon-Thu                        3 -7:30 p.m.                                                          Course # 50963

Meets at: St James Santee Elementary School                            Age: 4-12

Fee: $15

McClellanville Dance Mania

This beginner’s class will consist of clean hip hop music and dance moves. Kids will learn hip hop dance techniques, coordination, posture, flexibility, fitness, self-discipline, and self-confidence in a fun and safe environment.

Sep. 5-Oct. 10              Tue                                 4 -5 p.m.                                                                Course # 52509

Meets at: St James Santee Elementary School                            Age: 5-13

Fee: $15

McClellanville Beginners Tennis

Little or no tennis experience? Our beginner class will offer players a great place to brush up on the basics. Participants will improve hand-eye coordination and agility, perform racquet-handling skills, and become familiar with the tennis court. Instructors will work on building the foundation and cultivating a love of the game through basic strokes and fun games associated with tennis.

Sep. 5-Oct. 24              Tue                                 4 -5 p.m.                                                                Course # 52808

Meets at: St James Santee Elementary School                            Age: 5-14

Fee: $15

Baptist Hill Fundamental Football

Learn basic football skills in a fun and energetic environment. Coaches will use a series of drills to demonstrate passing, catching, and running in a non-contact setting.

Sep. 5-Oct. 24              Tue                                 6 -7:30 p.m.                                                          Course # 52552

Meets at: Schroder Community Center                                          Age: 4-5

Fee: $15

Baptist Hill Tackle Football

Based on a child’s level of play, parents may decide which age group 10-year-olds may participate in. Contact staff for assistance. Practice begins in August 2017.

Ages 8-10: Sep. 5-Oct. 31                                Tue                                                                         6 -7:30 p.m.          Course # 50971

Meets at: Schroder Community Center                                          Age: 8-10

Ages 10-12: Sep. 5-Oct. 31                              Tue                                                                         6 -7:30 p.m.          Course # 50972

Meets at: Schroder Community Center                                          Age: 10-12

Fee: $30

Baptist Hill Cheerleading

This fun instructional program concentrates on fundamental skills, teamwork, developing character and social skills. Practice begins in August.

Sep. 5-Oct. 31              Tue                                 6 -7:30 p.m.                                                          Course # 50969

Meets at: Schroder Community Center                                          Age: 4-12

Fee: $15

Johns Island Cheerleading

This fun instructional program concentrates on fundamental skills, teamwork, developing character and social skills. Practice begins in August.

Sep. 5-Oct. 31              Tue                                 6 -7:30 p.m.                                                          Course # 50965

Meets at: Haut Gap Middle School                                                  Age: 4-12                              Fee: $15

Johns Island Tackle Football

Based on child’s level of play, parents may decide which age group 10-year-olds may participate in. Contact staff for assistance. Practice begins in August 2017.

Ages 8-10: Sep. 5-Oct. 31                                Tue                                                                         6 -7:30 p.m.          Course # 50967

Meets at: St John’s High School                                                       Age: 8-10

Ages 10-12: Sep. 5-Nov. 7                               Tue                                                                         6 -7:30 p.m.          Course # 50968

Meets at: St John’s High School                                                       Age: 10-12

Fee: $30

Master Naturalist

Master Naturalist candidates will complete a 13-day field study course led by a variety of experts in some of the state’s most beautiful natural areas as they learn and practice skills naturalists use to “read” the natural world. The program develops volunteer citizen scientists, conservationists, and educators who can positively impact the natural resources of the state.

Sep. 5-Dec. 5               Tue                                 8 a.m.-5 p.m.                                                        Course # 52560

Meets at: Caw Caw Interpretive Center                                          Age: 18 & up

Fee: $600

Johns Island Fundamental Football

Learn basic football skills in a fun and energetic environment. Coaches will use a series of drills to demonstrate passing, catching, and running in a non-contact setting.

Sep. 5-Oct. 24              Tue                                 6:30 -7:30 p.m.                                                     Course # 52553

Meets at: Haut Gap Middle School                                                  Age: 4-5

Fee: $15

Johns Island Flag Football

This fun instructional league concentrates on fundamental skills, teamwork, developing character, and social skills.

Sep. 5-Oct. 31              Tue                                 6:30 -7:30 p.m.                                                     Course # 50966

Meets at: Haut Gap Middle School                                                  Age: 6-8

Fee: $15

Baptist Hill Flag Football

This fun instructional league concentrates on fundamental skills, teamwork, developing character, and social skills.

Sep. 5-Oct. 31              Tue                                 6:30 -7:30 p.m.                                                     Course # 50970

Meets at: Schroder Community Center                                          Age: 6-8

Fee: $15

Junior Naturalist: Salt Marsh Investigations

Get up close and personal with many of the fascinating animals and plants that live in a coastal salt marsh and maritime forest. Prepare to get wet and muddy! Adult chaperones are welcome to attend. Pre-registration required.

Sep. 6                            Wed                                4 -6:30 p.m.                                                          Course # 52040

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 8-12

Fee: $10

Team Charleston Recreational Programs: Little Monkeys – Saturday

Our Little Monkeys program offers a way for young novice climbers to learn about climbing in a fun and safe environment. The program will build self-confidence and stronger climbing skills in the new climber.

Sep. 7-Nov. 23             Thu                                 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.                                              Course # 52731

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 6-8

Fee: $200

Folly Beach Bird Walks: Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve Bird Walk

This walk focuses on the incredibly diverse northeast end of Folly Island. Hopefuls include Painted Bunting and Wilson’s Plover. A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under.

Sep. 8                            Fri                                   8:30 -10:30 a.m.                                                  Course # 52557

Meets at: Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve                                Age: 12 & up

Fee: $9/$7 Move IT! Pass Holder

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Instructional Classes: Intro to SUP – Level 1

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. Pre-registration required.

Sep. 9                            Sat                                  10 a.m.-12 p.m.                                                   Course # 52656

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 16 & up

Fee: $25/$20 Move IT! Pass Holder

Junior Naturalist: Animal Sleuths

We can find out a lot about an animal without ever seeing it! Learn to recognize important skull features, follow a set of footprints through the woods, and figure out an animal’s diet by what it left behind. Adult chaperones are welcome to attend. Pre-registration required.

Sep. 9                            Sat                                  10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.                                              Course # 52041

Meets at: Caw Caw Interpretive Center                                          Age: 8-12

Fee: $10

Canoeing At Caw Caw: Sunrise Salt Marsh Paddle

Experience Caw Caw at sunrise! While paddling out into the gnarled boneyard forest of Tea Farm Creek, we will watch for otters playing, swallow-tailed kites hawking insects, and other creatures in and around the salt marsh. Paid chaperone required for ages 15 and under.

Sep. 9                            Sat                                  10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.                                          Course # 52626

Meets at: Caw Caw Interpretive Center                                          Age: 9 & up

Fee: $20/$16 Move IT! Pass Holder

Unveiling McLeod Plantation Historic Site

This tour delves deeply into history and explores the experiences of its residents. Participants are often granted access to places typically not open. A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Pre-registration required.

Sep. 9                            Sat                                  10:30 -11:45 a.m.                                                Course # 52577

Meets at: McLeod Plantation Historic Site                                      Age: 8 & up

Fee: $15

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Walk-up Instructional Classes

This 1-hour quick start class is taught by ACA-certified instructors. You will learn the basics of stand-up paddleboarding, from proper stance and form to safety. Six students per class will be taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration not required.

Sep. 9                            Sat                                  1 -2 p.m.                                                                Course # 52644

Sep. 9                            Sat                                  2:30 -3:30 p.m.                                                     Course # 52645

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 10 & up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Fee: $15

Team Adventure Challenges: Couple’s Challenge

Enjoy an afternoon with your sweetheart, taking your relationship to new heights! Experience some seriously fun challenges at James Island County Park’s High Course. Face obstacles together, walk across a suspended cable at heights, help each other over obstacles, and enjoy racing down our 200 ft. zip line. Pre-registration highly recommended. Paid chaperone is required for ages 15 and under.

Sep. 10                          Sun                                 2 -5 p.m.                                                                Course # 53552

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 16 & up

Fee: $25/$20 Move IT! Pass Holder/$30 on-site (if available)

Run/Walk Clinics: 5K Training Clinic

Train for the Lowcountry Trail 5K on the actual course! Led by experienced trail runner Kayla Edwards, this 5-week program includes coached sessions, Lowcountry Trail 5K Trail Run/Walk individual registration, and race shirt. Race will take place on October 14, 2017.

Sep. 11-Oct. 11           Mon, Wed                      5:45 -6:45 p.m.                                                     Course # 52313

Meets at: Mullet Hall Equestrian Center                                         Age: 16 & up

Fee: $80/$64 Move IT! Pass Holder

Run/Walk Clinics: 5K Training Clinic

Train for the Lowcountry Trail 5K with experienced trail runner Kayla Edwards. This 5-week program includes coached sessions, Lowcountry Trail 5K Trail Run/Walk individual registration, and race shirt. Race will take place on October 14, 2017.

Sep. 12-Oct. 12           Tue, Thu                        5:45 -6:45 p.m.                                                     Course # 52312

Meets at: Palmetto Islands County Park                                         Age: 16 & up

Fee: $80/$64 Move IT! Pass Holder

Junior Naturalist: Insect Safari

Did you know there are more than a million species of insects? Discover some interesting local insects, their adaptations for living in this environment, and why ‘creepy crawlies’ aren’t bad at all. Adult chaperones are welcome to attend. Pre-registration required.

Sep. 13                          Wed                                4 -6:30 p.m.                                                          Course # 52043

Meets at: Palmetto Islands County Park                                         Age: 8-12

Fee: $10

Johns Island Beginners Tennis

Little or no tennis experience? Our beginner class will offer players a great place to brush up on the basics. Participants will improve hand-eye coordination and agility, perform racquet-handling skills, and become familiar with the tennis court. Instructors will work on building the foundation and cultivating a love of the game through basic strokes and fun games associated with tennis.

Sep. 13-Nov. 1             Wed                                6 -7 p.m.                                                                Course # 52809

Meets at: Haut Gap Middle School                                                  Age: 5-14

Fee: $15

Baptist Hill Beginners Tennis

Little or no tennis experience? Our beginner class will offer players a great place to brush up on the basics. Participants will improve hand-eye coordination and agility, perform racquet-handling skills, and become familiar with the tennis court. Instructors will work on building the foundation and cultivating a love of the game through basic strokes and fun games associated with tennis.

Sep. 13-Nov. 1             Wed                                6 -7 p.m.                                                                Course # 52807

Meets at: Schroder Community Center                                          Age: 5-14

Fee: $15

Special Access: Sunrise and Sunset Strolling: Sunrise Stroll

Awaken your senses to the natural and cultural world around you! Bring your camera and your sense of adventure and let a park naturalist lead you around the parks outside of normal business hours! A registered chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under.

Sep. 14                          Thu                                 6:30 -8:30 a.m.                                                     Course # 52639

Meets at: Caw Caw Interpretive Center                                            Age: 12 & up

Fee: $9/$7 Move It! Pass Holder

Starlight Yoga

The glow of the Ravenel Bridge and the sights and sounds of Charleston Harbor provide an unparalleled backdrop for yoga. Open to all fitness levels. Instructor Ji Hwang with live music provided by Mckenzie Eddy. Rain date: Sep. 21. Photo ID required.

Sep. 14                          Thu                                 8 -9 p.m.                                                                Course # 52320

Meets at: Mount Pleasant Pier                                                          Age: 12 & up

Fee: $5/Free Move IT! Pass Holder/$8 on-site

Wee Wild Ones: Bring on the Bugs

Learn about insects and what makes them special. We’ll ‘build a bug’ and create art to take home. Chaperones are free, but are required to register and accompany child. Pre-registration required.

Sep. 15                          Fri                                   10 -11 a.m.                                                           Course # 52603

Meets at: Caw Caw Interpretive Center                                          Age: 1-5

Fee: $10

Basic Sailing: Level 1

Learn the basics of sailing from US Sailing Certified Instructors, and feel comfortable on the water. Learn basic sailing nomenclature, along with rigging and de-rigging skills, safety, and the basics of tacking, jibing, and docking. Pre-registration required.

Sep. 15-17                    Fri (5:30-8 p.m.) & Sun (9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)                                              Course # 52738

Meets at: CCPRC Headquarters                                                      Age: 16 & up

Fee: $125

Gardening for Wildlife

Add excitement to your landscape by joining David Manger of Roots and Shoots to learn how to make your backyard more appealing to butterflies, birds, and bees. Program includes a plant to take home. Pre-registration required.

Sep. 16                          Sat                                  10 -11:30 a.m.                                                      Course # 52562

Meets at: Old Towne Creek County Park                                        Age: 12 & up. Paid chaperone required for ages 15 and under.

Fee: $10

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Instructional Classes: Intro to SUP – Level 1

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.

Sep. 16                          Sat                                  10 a.m.-12 p.m.                                                   Course # 52657

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 16 & up

Fee: $25/$20 Move IT! Pass Holder

Sea Kayak Instructional Classes: ACA Introduction to Kayaking – Level 1

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! Pre-registration required.

Sep. 16                          Sat                                  10 a.m.-2 p.m.                                                      Course # 52742

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 16 & up

Fee: $48/$38 Move IT! Pass Holder

Junior Naturalist: Barrier Island Exploration

Amazing things are found where the land meets the sea. You will learn about natural treasures by pulling a seine net, digging for animals in the sand, and exploring the dynamic shoreline. Prepare to get wet and sandy! Adult chaperones are welcome. Pre-registration required.

Sep. 16                          Sat                                  10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.                                              Course # 52044

Meets at: Beachwalker Park                                                              Age: 8-12

Fee: $10

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Walk-up Instructional Classes

This 1-hour quick start class is taught by ACA-certified instructors. You will learn the basics of stand-up paddleboarding, from proper stance and form to safety. Six students per class will be taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration not required.

Sep. 16                          Sat                                  1 -2 p.m.                                                                Course # 52646

Sep. 16                          Sat                                  2:30 -3:30 p.m.                                                     Course # 52647

Meets at: James Island County Park               Age: 10 & up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Fee: $15

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Instructional Classes: Intermediate SUP – Level 2

Take the next step in SUPing. We’ll practice some fun balance drills, improve stroke technique, and learn more safety skills.

Sep. 17                          Sun                                 10 a.m.-12 p.m.                                                   Course # 52739

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 16 & up

Fee: $25/$20 Move IT! Pass Holder

Introduction to Climbing: Intro to Climbing

This clinic is tailored for first time climbers and people wanting to learn more about getting started with rock climbing. Have fun, meet new people, and learn the safety basics in a no pressure environment!

Sep. 17                          Sun                                 2 -4 p.m.                                                                Course # 52713

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 14 & up

Fee: $25/$20 Move IT! Pass Holder

Adaptive Outdoor Recreation Club: Archery

Come learn all the basics of archery with the benefit of a variety of adaptations. Our excellent instructors put our adaptive tools to good use, making it possible for people of all abilities to take a shot at the bull’s eye. Paid chaperone is required for ages 15 and under.

Sep. 19-Oct. 24           Tue                                 4:30 -6:30 p.m.                                                     Course # 52776

Meets at: Wannamaker County Park                                               Age: 10 & up

Fee: $60

Junior Naturalist: Plants and People

Discover plant anatomy, diversity, and cool uses of local plants. Adult chaperones are welcome to attend. Pre-registration required.

Sep. 20                          Wed                                4 -6:30 p.m.                                                          Course # 52046

Meets at: Palmetto Islands County Park                                         Age: 8-12

Fee: $10

Adaptive Surfing: Wheel to Surf

This unique event provides individuals with physical disabilities an opportunity to experience surfing! Adaptive surfing staff from partner organizations Ocean Cure and Adaptive Surf Project provide instruction and assistance in a controlled environment. Pre-registration required.

Sep. 23                          Sat                                  9 a.m.-2 p.m.                                                        Course # 52813

Meets at: Folly Beach County Park                                                  Age: 4 & up

Fee: Free

Sea Kayak Instructional Classes: ACA Essentials of Kayak Touring – Level 2

Learn new skills or take your abilities to the next level! Fast track your improvements with American Canoe Association (ACA)-certified instructors who keep an eye on safety while creating an exciting learning environment. This course teaches beginners to paddle sea kayaks safely and enjoyably on lakes, calm ocean environments, and other flat-water settings. We’ll cover boats, equipment, and safety, plus basic strokes and rescues. Pre-registration required.

Sep. 23                          Sat                                  10 a.m.-2 p.m.                                                      Course # 52743

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 16 & up

Fee: $48/$38 Move IT! Pass Holder

Junior Naturalist: Feathered Friends

Through hands-on activities and an interactive nature ramble, you will learn about special bird adaptations, behaviors, and how to identify common species. Adult chaperones are welcome to attend. Pre-registration required.

Sep. 23                          Sat                                  10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.                                              Course # 52045

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 8-12

Fee: $10

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Instructional Classes: Intro to SUP – Level 1

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. Pre-registration required.

Sep. 23                          Sat                                  10 a.m.-12 p.m.                                                   Course # 52658

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 16 & up

Fee: $25/$20 Move IT! Pass Holder

Unveiling McLeod Plantation Historic Site

This tour delves deeply into history and explores the experiences of its residents. Participants are often granted access to places typically not open. A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. Pre-registration required.

Sep. 23                          Sat                                  10:30 -11:45 a.m.                                                Course # 52578

Meets at: McLeod Plantation Historic Site                                      Age: 8 & up

Fee: $15

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Walk-up Instructional Classes

This 1-hour quick start class is taught by ACA-certified instructors. You will learn the basics of stand-up paddleboarding, from proper stance and form to safety. Six students per class will be taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration not required.

Sep. 23                          Sat                                  1 -2 p.m.                                                                Course # 52648

Sep. 23                          Sat                                  2:30 -3:30 p.m.                                                     Course # 52649

Meets at: James Island County Park               Age: 10 & up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Fee: $15

SUP the Surf Zone

Surf SUP! Enjoy the sun, sand, and surf in this popular 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 growing as a SUP surfer anywhere you choose to go. Pre-registration required.

Sep. 24                          Sun                                 8 a.m.-12 p.m.                                                      Course # 52740

Meets at: Folly Beach County Park                                                  Age: 16 & up         Fee: $48/$38 Move IT! Pass Holders

Team Adventure Challenges: Couple’s Challenge

Enjoy an afternoon with your sweetheart, taking your relationship to new heights! Experience some seriously fun challenges at James Island County Park’s High Course. Face obstacles together, walk across a suspended cable at heights, help each other over obstacles, and enjoy racing down our 200 ft. zip line. Pre-registration highly recommended. Registered chaperone is required for ages 15 and under.

Sep. 24                          Sun                                 2 -5 p.m.                                                                Course # 53553

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 16 & up

Fee: $25/$20 Move IT! Pass Holder/$30 on-site (if available)

Junior Naturalist: One Earth

With a population around seven billion, humans can have quite an impact on the environment we all share. Learn about natural resource use, land development, and ways you can make a difference to keep our home planet healthy. Adult chaperones are welcome to attend.

Sep. 27                          Wed                                2 -4:30 p.m.                                                          Course # 52048

Meets at: Mount Pleasant Pier                                                          Age: 8-12

Fee: $10

Birding Jaunts: Edisto Nature Trail

Join a CCPRC birding professional for a leisurely walk through this beautiful Lowcountry forest trail on a search for warblers, songbirds, and raptors. A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under.

Sep. 29                          Fri                                   9 a.m.-12 p.m.                                                      Course # 52628

Meets at: Off-Site Location                                                                Age: 12 & up

Fee: $12

Homeschool in the Parks: Falling for the Beach

Seasonal transitions bring new and exciting life to our beaches. Join us for a beach walk and activities centered on change in the barrier island ecosystem. Chaperones welcome to attend but not required.

Sep. 29                          Fri                                   10 -11:30 a.m.                                                     

Meets at: Beachwalker Park                                                              Age: 7-13

Elementary School registration (ages 7-9): Course # 52606             Middle School registration (ages 10-13): Course # 52605

Fee: $5

Young Athletes

Special Olympic Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities (ID). Young Athletes introduces basic sport skills like running, kicking, and throwing. Children of all abilities take part and they all benefit. A chaperone is required to attend for all participants.

Sep. 30-Nov. 18          Sat                                  9 -10 a.m.                                                              Course # 52774

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 2-7

Fee: Free

Sea Kayak Instructional Classes: ACA Strokes and Maneuvers Refinement – Level 3

Paddling hard and getting nowhere? It’s time to perfect your technique! Using on-water practice, instructors will assist you in performing your strokes and maneuvers with less effort and more efficiency, fluidity, and control.

Sep. 30                          Sat                                  10 a.m.-2 p.m.                                                      Course # 52744

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 16 & up

Fee: $48/$38 Move IT! Pass Holder

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Instructional Classes: Intro to SUP – Level 1

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

Sep. 30                          Sat                                  10 a.m.-12 p.m.                                                   Course # 52659

Meets at: James Island County Park                                               Age: 16 & up

Fee: $25/$20 Move IT! Pass Holder

Young Athletes

Special Olympic Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities. Young Athletes introduces basic sport skills like running, kicking, and throwing. Children of all abilities take part and all benefit. Chaperones required for all participants.

Sep. 30-Nov. 18          Sat                                  11 a.m.-12 p.m.                                                   Course # 52775

Meets at: Wannamaker County Park                                               Age: 2-7                 Fee: Free

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Walk-up Instructional Classes

This 1-hour quick start class is taught by ACA-certified instructors. You will learn the basics of stand-up paddleboarding, from proper stance and form to safety. Six students per class will be taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration not required.

Sep. 30                          Sat                                  1 -2 p.m.                                                                Course # 52653

Sep. 30                          Sat                                  2:30 -3:30 p.m.                                                     Course # 52654

Meets at: James Island County Park               Age: 10 & up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Fee: $15

Junior Naturalist: Naturally Nocturnal

Discover wildlife when the moon rises and the sun sets. Learn about nocturnal animals in a fun way. We’ll even share a story around a campfire! Adult chaperones are welcome to attend. Pre-registration required.

Sep. 30                          Sat                                  6:30 -9 p.m.                                                          Course # 52047

Meets at: Caw Caw Interpretive Center                                          Age: 8-12                              Fee: $10

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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