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City’s Park Rangers Lead Free Outdoor Adventure Programs
Posted: January 10, 2017

 
The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is hosting free ranger-led activities at Riverfront and South East Parks during the month of January.
 
All activities are free and open to both youth and adults. This month’s activities will feature walks on Riverfront Park’s diverse birdlife, rain barrel workshops and the Columbia Canal.
 
Schedule
 
Columbia Canal History Tour | Tuesday, January 10 from 6-7 p.m.
The Columbia Canal has been part of our city’s growth and innovation for almost 200 years.  Learn about the original 1820s canal, the present 1890s canal, and the historic buildings that surround us.
Meet at the Red Schoolhouse at Riverfront Park South area parking lot, 312 Laurel St.
 
Southeast Park Wildlife Walk | Thursday, January 12 from 2-3:30 p.m.
 
Join us for a Ranger-led nature walk at Southeast Park. This 64-acre wooded park features a pond, hiking trails and abundant wildlife, including resident red foxes, deer and aquatic animals that thrive in the pond.  It’s always a good idea to bring along binoculars and field guides as well as any essentials like water, warm clothing and sturdy walking footwear.
Meet at the Park Ranger station at Southeast Park, 951 Hazelwood Road.
 
Winter is for the Birds! | Tuesday, January 17 from 6 -7 p.m.
Learn about the birds at our park and in your back yards at this time of year.  We’ll look around to find birds, so bring binoculars and field guides if you have them.  Afterward, we will assemble some pine cone and seed feeders that you can take home to encourage avian visitors to visit your own back yard.
Meet on top of the Canal Head gates at Riverfront Park’s north parking lot, 4122 River Drive.
 
Columbia Canal History | Saturday, January 21 from 2 -3:30 p.m.
Join us for a Ranger-guided tour along the historic Columbia Canal and learn how it has been a part of Columbia’s growth and innovation 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 Red Schoolhouse at Riverfront Park’s south area parking lot, 312 Laurel St.
 
Night Walk | Tuesday, January 24 from 6 -7 p.m.
Twilight in the park is the perfect time to observe nature, be it a spectacular sunset or the last flurry of activity for the day as birds settle for the long night ahead. On clear nights, the stars emerge to illuminate our curiosity.
Meet on top of the Canal Head gates at Riverfront Park’s north parking lot, 4122 River Drive.
 
One Columbia, Two Canals, Three Rivers | Saturday, January 28 from 2 -3:30 p.m.
Walk with us to learn how Columbia used our waterways in the past; hear about the process now underway to evaluate the Columbia Canal following last year’s flood; and hear about additions to the Three Rivers Greenway along the beautiful Lower Saluda River.
Meet at the Red Schoolhouse at Riverfront Park South area parking lot, 312 Laurel St.
 
Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars and field guides as well as any essentials like water and sturdy walking footwear.
 
For more information, please call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
 
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