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.


Catch Spring Fever with the Park Rangers |Tuesday Evening Series: April 24 at 6 pm

(Meet on top of the Canal Head gates at Riverfront Park north, 4122 River Drive)

These walks will cover approximately one mile and look at emergent plants and trees along the river, and as a bonus, visit the fish passage to talk about the annual migration of American Shad. Wear good walking shoes and bring a refillable water bottle.

Sundays with Lily: Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Kayak Trips |Sundays, April 22 & 29 and May 6, 13, 20 & 27

Four seatings of 13 people each at 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm (By reservation only)

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department and Columbia Water have partnered to host free hourly float trips down the Broad River for guests to view the Rocky Shoals Spider Lillies.

The iconic Rocky Shoals Spider Lily is native to Southeastern Rivers; there are only 50 places where these plants remain. Columbia has a population on the Broad River at Riverfront Park.

If water levels are too high, we will substitute a guided walk instead of kayaking.

Please arrive a half hour prior to your reservation to walk to the launch site and file a waiver.

Dress to get wet, and do not bring any valuables that cannot withstand immersion. Wear sturdy sandals, no flip flops and apply sunscreen/ use sun protection. Children must be at least six years old and be able to appropriately fit into an approved PFD (Personal Floatation Device).

To reserve your seat, visit Sundays with Lily.

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

P: 803-545-3100| F: 803-343-8744