City Park Rangers to Offer Free Ranger-Guided Programs

The City of Columbia’s Parks Rangers will host a variety of free ranger-guided programs for the public to learn about the history and features of our local parks as well as the animals who call our parks home, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department 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 when participating in the programs. 

The following activities are free, and open to both youth and adults:

Ranger Program Schedule

Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Tuesday Happy Hours|April 16, 23 & 30, 5-9 p.m. | Riverfront Park (south), 312 Laurel St.

Last year’s popular German style biergartens return to Riverfront Park this April. We’ll feature walks with rangers and guest naturalists at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Learn about our population of spider lilies and our lovely riverside park. We’ve got picnic tables and benches, hammocks and Adirondack chairs waiting for you! These events are dog and family friendly.

Guests should meet at Riverfront Park South beside the brick amphitheater.


Nature at the North End |Saturday Series: April 13, 20, 27 at 2 p.m. Riverfront Park (north), 4122 River Dr.

We’ve got your cure for Spring Fever! Visit Columbia’s best wild place: our park beside the Broad River.  Springtime offers something different almost daily as new blooms emerge, different species of fish and birds migrate through or settle into nests for the season.  We’ll start with a look at the fish passage and finish with a woodland walk.

Guests should meet at the Canal Headgates at Riverfront Park North.


Canal History Tour |Sunday, April 21, 2 p.m. | Riverfront Park (south), 312 Laurel St.

Explore the transformation of the Columbia Canal from its 1820s beginning to its transformation in the 1890s. This tour will focus on changes made to the original canal infrastructure and the local industries that relied on hydroelectric power generated by the stations on the canal. 

Meet at Riverfront Park South beside the Red Schoolhouse (312 Laurel Street)


Spring Break Wildlife Explorers at Riverfront |Monday through Friday from 2pm to 3:30pm

This weeklong program at Riverfront Park is geared for students ages 8-10 and designed to introduce city kids to the natural world.  We want to get everyone comfortable outdoors!  Parents are welcome to tag along.  Class size is limited.  Register here

Monday: Exploring Essentials

Tuesday: Homey Habitats

Wednesday: Critters Big and Small

Thursday: So Many Birds

Friday: Wonderful Water

Guests should meet at Riverfront Park South beside the Red Schoolhouse.

For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.


Columbia Parks & Recreation Department 

1111 Recreation Drive, Columbia, SC 29201

P: 803-545-3100 | F: 803-343-8744


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