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Midlands Meet-Up + Basics of Nature Interpretation

  • February 11, 2020
  • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212


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Details: Following the round robin networking session, participants will join Saluda Shoals Park Rangers Zach Pensa and Rachel Kennerly to learn the basic principles of nature interpretation while enjoying a nature walk and dip-netting experience through the Park's Wetland Ecology program. Rangers Zach and Rachel will share techniques such as sensory storytelling, equipment, and helpful tips for outdoor safety and leading a nature walk with students.

“You don’t have to go to a park to take a nature walk with students,” says Ranger Rachel. “I want to provide Meetup participants with a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Saluda Shoals Park’s programs while also sharing tools and techniques other educators can use any time kids are outside.”

Approximately 7,000 students participate in Saluda Shoals Park’s Wetland Ecology program each year.

Round Robin Announcements: 3:30-4:00
Nature Walks and Dip Netting: 4:00-4:45
Refreshments and Networking: 4:45-5:00

Come prepared to announce any program dates, opportunities for partnership, or information requests (~2 minutes per person).  Please provide a written copy of your announcements (bullet points are fine) to the meetup note-taker before the end of the event to ensure announcement accuracy. If you are not able to type your announcements ahead of time, you may hand-write them during the meeting. Following the round-robin, educators are invited to mix-n-mingle over refreshments. 

Register: RSVP to Jane Hiller at or register online.  This helps us set up the room and provide refreshments for the right number of people!




701 Gervais St., Suite 150-538

Columbia, SC 29201-3066


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