Conservation Foundation’s Senior Explorers program encourages
greater use of our state’s natural resources, promotes healthy and
active living, and provides outdoor skills for participants. This
program is graciously funded through Palmetto Health Hospital.
have many exciting outings planned for the coming months.
Our goal is to teach a combination of health and fitness mixed with
outdoor education and recreation.
Outings are free and most include
transportation. Registration is required. Please
call (803)771-0870 to register.
Space is limited.
March 18, 2013 @ 4pm
Health Screening and Cooking Demo w/Wine Pairing
Location: The Heritage at Lowman
Register by March 14th
us as we kick-off a new year of exciting Senior Explorer events.
This year we are starting off with a free health screening that
includes blood pressure tests and a discreet weigh-in. We'll
check these stats again in September at the end of the Senior
Explorer season to see if there's been any change. Afterwards,
we'll join The Heritage at Lowman's Executive Chef, Rick
Schmidt, as he shows us how to prepare a healthy and delicious
dinner. Enjoy a glass of wine as you learn how to prepare this
easy and nutritious meal. Eating healthy doesn't have to be
difficult, and we'll prove it to you.
Transportation will not be provided for this trip. You
will need to meet at The Heritage at Lowman at 3:45pm in the
Wellness Center located at 2101 Dutch Fork Road, Chapin, SC
29036. Call (803)771-0870 to sign-up for this event.
Appetizer- Broccoli Salad
Entree- Chicken Cacciatore over Wild
Dessert- Strawberry & Marscapone Parfait
April 25, 2013 @ 10:30am
Cowpens National Battlefield Tour
Register by April 15th
The Battle of Cowpens, January 17, 1781, took place in the
latter part of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution
and of the Revolution itself. It became known as the turning
point of the war in the South, part of a chain of events leading
to Patriot victory at Yorktown. The Cowpens victory was one over
a crack British regular army and brought together strong armies
and leaders who made their mark on history.
Join us on this journey back in time. We'll visit the park
museum, watch a short video, hike the 2 mile nature trail, and
end with lunch at the picnic shelter. Limited
transportation will be available for this event. You can
also choose to meet us at the facility at 10:30am. The
address is 4001 Chesnee Hwy, Gaffney, SC 29341. Please
call to register and to get additional information on
Things to bring: lunch, water bottle, camera
May 9, 2013 @ 11am
Waterfall Hike with Master Naturalist Dan Whitten
Register by May 3rd
Just outside of Oconee Station State
Historic Site, Station Creek drops into a beautiful 60-foot stepped
waterfall. To get to this waterfall we will take an easy 1/2
mile hike through an Appalachian cove forest that will surely be
blooming with countless wildflowers this time of year. You can
plan on seeing trillium, orchids, pink lady's slipper, and maybe
even the rare yellow lady's slipper.
We'll then drive
a short distance to one of the best waterfalls in the county, Twin
Falls. A short 0.25 mile hike will bring us to a viewing
platform to see the 75 foot falls side by side.
transportation will be available for this trip. Please call
for details and to register. You can also choose to meet the
group at 11am at the Holly Springs Country Store at the intersection
of Hwy 11 and Hwy 178.
Things to bring: lunch, water bottle,
camera, sturdy hiking shoes/boots
June 6, 2013 @ 10:30am
Old Santee Canal Park Tour
Register by May 31st
first summit canal, the Santee Canal, began operating in 1800.
It was considered one of the crowning engineering achievements
and economic development projects of its day. Over 700 laborers
worked for seven years with picks and shovels to complete the
project. Most of the canal
now lies beneath the waters of Lake Moultrie. On private
property, some of the upper portions of the waterway are still
visible, where boats entered from the Santee and the
southernmost sections, which joined the headway of the Cooper
River at Biggin Creek. While earlier buildings had certainly
occupied this site, the plantation house presently at Stony
Landing bluff was built circa 1843 by Charleston merchant John
Dawson. It faced the road to the Congaree, but visitors now have
sweeping views of the Tailrace Canal which flows from the Lake
On this trip we will tour the museum, watch a short video on the
history of the canal, tour the Stony Landing House, explore
Biggin Swamp on a 1/2 mile boardwalk hike, and then have lunch
at the picnic shelter.
Limited transportation will be available for this trip. Please
call for details and to register. You can also choose to
meet the group outside the main entrance to the park at 10:30am.
Things to bring: lunch, water bottle, camera, sunscreen, bug
spray, spending money for the gift shop
August 15, 2013 @ 11am
Happy Cow Creamery Tour
Register by August 2nd
Happy Cow Creamery is a unique on-the-farm milk bottling
operation offering high quality fresh milk directly from its own
dairy cows. Whole Milk, Chocolate Milk, Cultured Buttermilk,
and Strawberry Milk are just a few of the products offered at
Happy Cow milk contains up to 4 times more CLA's (Conjugated
Linoleic Acids) than found in the milk of conventional fed
cows. CLA, a cancer fighting agent, is an essential fatty acid
(found in the butter fat of milk) and is not produced by the
human body. It also has more balanced levels of Omega 6
and Omega 3, and contains an increased level of Beta-Carotene
and Natural Vitamins A and D.
During the tour,
the group will take a trolley ride to see the lush grazing
paddocks. You’ll also see the milking parlor where the “girls”
the tour your guide will tell you the story behind Happy Cow
Creamery. You'll even get a sampling of fresh milk at the
end of the tour.
Limited transportation will be
available for this trip. Please call for more details and
to register. You can also choose to meet the group at the
Creamery at 11am.
Things to bring: lunch, water bottle,
camera, spending money for the on-site-store
September 19, 2013 @ 10am
Sparkleberry Swamp Paddle Trip
Register by September 13
Join us for a relaxing paddle through Sparkleberry Swamp. Your
guide will be Steve Collum, who knows all of the hidden
treasures of the swamp. He'll guide the group into some of the
most remote areas of the swamp, where you're sure to see some
wildlife. This trip is great for beginners, and Steve will go
over some basic paddling skills before we get started. The
paddle will last for approximately 2 hours. Afterwords,
we'll stop at Batton's in Wedgefield for a local lunch.
You've got to try the gator bites!
Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets will be provided.
Limited transportation will be available for this trip.
Please call for more details and to register. You can also
choose to meet the group at Sparkleberry Landing at 10am.
Things to bring: water bottles, waterproof camera, money for
lunch, bug spray
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