Explore the Outdoors During the City's Park Ranger Program
Grab your family and friends and see how much fun learning can be! The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is hosting free ranger-guided walks, tours and workshops.
Canal History Tour | Sunday, October 15 | 1-2:30 pm
Join the rangers for a guided tour along the historic Columbia Canal and learn how it played a part in Columbia’s growth for almost 200 years. We’ll discuss the original canal, Columbia’s Waterworks, the earliest hydropower plants, and the SC State Penitentiary (CCI).
Meet at the Riverfront Park South beside the Red Schoolhouse (312 Laurel Street)
Free Rain Barrel for City Residents | Saturday, October 21, by reservation
The City of Columbia wants to help you save money on your water bills by using rainwater instead of treated water to irrigate your garden. City of Columbia residents can also qualify for one FREE rain barrel per household; all we require is that you attend a FREE rain barrel workshop. Pre-register and see if you qualify for a free rain barrel at http://www.bluethumbrainbarrel.com/.
Park Rangers will demonstrate how to put together and install your rain barrel. Afterward, you get to take your very own rain barrel home! Midlands area residents outside the City of Columbia are also welcome to attend the workshop but must purchase their discounted rain barrels online prior to the event. Please use the same website to register.
Meet at Riverfront Park South beside the Red Schoolhouse (312 Laurel Street)
Shady Tree I.D. | Saturday, October 28 | 1-2:30 pm
Stroll along the paved park trail with a ranger to learn about the trees located in Riverfront Park, and take home a key to identifying trees in your own neighborhood.
Meet at the Riverfront Park North parking lot (4122 River Drive)
Howl-o-Ween Dog Walk and Costume Contest | Tuesday, October 31 | 6:30-7:30 pm
Join us for a costume parade at Riverfront Park! Treats will be pro
Treats will be provided for all pups, especially those with cute tricks! All dogs must be licensed and leashed.
6:30 Gather at the Red Schoolhouse & register for contest
6:45 Parade down the hill
7:00 Judges observe participants
7:30 Winners announced
Guests are encouraged to dress comfortably, bring binoculars and field guides as well as any essentials like water, sunscreen, insect repellent and sturdy walking footwear.
For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
Parks & Recreation Department | 1111 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29203