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Danger Week at the Activity Center
October 25 @ 11:30 AM - October 31 @ 5:00 PM
The week of Halloween, we will be featuring a different “dangerous” or commonly feared animal each day of the week! Each day will consist of an educational program, a themed craft, and a hands-on activity. We are thrilled to bring in several members of the local community to speak about these creatures. Presentations will be both in-person (with limited occupancy/COVID protocols in the Creekhouse) and streamed over Facebook/Instagram live.
We believe that education is a crucial component to helping conserve these “scary” critters and therefore we will allow anyone that is interested to attend these educational presentations both FREE of charge and WITHOUT amenity cards for this event ONLY. We are encouraging those interested to reserve a spot in advance by calling the Activity Center at (843)-838-1516, by or making a reservation with the Activity Center in person. However, the paid programs will require an amenity/member card.
Sunday Oct. 25th—ALLIGATORS
• Educational Program (FREE—RESERVATION ONLY) (11:30am-1:30pm ish): Gator Walk
—Our Naturalists will be doing an expanded version of our normal Gator Walk program and going around the entire island (instead of just Ocean Creek) to look for and educate about alligators . . . Attendees will also be able to interact with our resident gators Savannah and Veranda!
• Activity ($10/person…RESERVATION ONLY) (3-4pm): Gator Animal Painting
—Come watch our resident alligators Savannah and Veranda paint you a picture! Learn about animal enrichment, alligator training/behaviors, and more!
• Craft (call for price) (2-3pm): Alligator bone jewelry making
Monday Oct. 26th –BEES & WASPS
• Educational Program (FREE) (11am-12pm): Bee Presentation
—Tony and Belinda from Morning Glory Homestead Farm in St. Helena Island will be presenting and bringing local honey from their hives to sell/taste
• Activity ($12/person) (3-4pm): Beehouses
___Learn about pollinators and build a beehouse with our Naturalists . . . You can take your house home to put in a garden OR you can do the program for free and donate it to the Nature Center to use in our new native pollinator garden!
• Craft ($12/candle) (2-3pm): Bee Sea Candles
Tuesday Oct. 27th –OCEAN INVERTEBRATES
• Educational Program: Informative Video(s)
—Check out our social media pages for informational videos about jellyfish, crabs, marine worms, etc.
• Activity ($12/person…RESERVATION ONLY) (call for time): Fishing, Seining, and Crabbing
—Come hangout with our Naturalists and learn all about our marine invertebrates. We will teach you how to use our cast nets, fishing equipment, and crab traps. Then, we will let you and your family try and see what you can catch!
• Craft ($18/mold) (2-3pm): Marine invertebrate themed stepping-stones
Wednesday Oct. 28th –RATTLESNAKES, CORNSNAKES, & MORE
• Educational Program (FREE) (11am-12pm): Snake Presentation
—Eric McBeth from Lowcountry Exotics in Bluffton, SC will be presenting about the importance of snakes (both venomous and non-venomous) and bringing along some scaly friends
• Activity ($12/person…RESERVATION ONLY) (call for time): Snake Handling
—Hangout with our Head Naturalist (and maybe Eric McBeth) to learn how to use snake hooks and how to handle snakes safely! Get a chance to try them out for yourself too. If we are lucky, we may even have a wild venomous rattlesnake to show you!
• Craft (call for price) (2-3pm): Snake Skin Craft
Thursday Oct. 29th –SPIDERS
• Educational Program (FREE) (11am-12pm): Informative Video(s)
—Check out our social media pages for informational videos and activities about spiders!
• Activity (FREE—All Day): Live Spider Display & Web Making
—Come check out some native spiders our naturalists caught today at the Activity Center…try your hand at replicating a spider web created by one of these cool critters!
• Craft (prices vary) (2-3pm): TIE DYE!
—Tie dye shirts with our spider design will be discounted!
Friday Oct. 30th –SHARKS & RAYS
• Educational Program (FREE) (11am-12pm): Shark Presentation
—Naturalist/Marine Biologist Kaitlyn Rimmer will be presenting today
• Activity ($12/person…RESERVATION ONLY) (call for time): Shelling & Sharks Teeth
—Join our naturalists on a shelling excursion . . .You will learn how to identify various types of shark teeth and where to find the coolest beach finds!
• Craft (call for price) (2-3pm): Shark teeth keychains/jewelry
Saturday Oct. 31st –BATS
• Educational Program (FREE) (11am-12pm): Bat Presentation
• Activity (RESERVATION ONLY) (call for time and price): Moonlight Kayaking Trip
—Take a spooky kayaking journey through the marshes under the cover of darkness to uncover the secrets of the salt marsh
• Craft (call for price) (2-3pm): Bat houses
—Learn about the importance of bat houses with our naturalists and make one to take home