Friends of Edisto Beach State Park and the ACE Basin ELC

Friends of Edisto Beach State Park and the ACE Basin ELC

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Staying at the park this month, was wondering if anyone was interested in playing pickleball?
Im looking for some help. What is some great sites in the Live Oak Campground for September? 22 ft Tow behind. Never been there planning a trip. Thanks
Is anyone missed this cutie pie? Extremely friendly but hungry at Edisto Beach campground.
We have reservations this week at Edisto Beach campground. Has anyone heard when they will open?
Hello all. My family is coming to town Wednesday night through Sunday. We are hoping to see our first nest hatch. Are there still nests that have not hatched yet? We are staying at Bay Point. Where is the best place and time to walk the beach to possibly see a nest hatch? Also, where do we get the red flashlights or covers to put over flashlights?
Hello! Looking to start a Friends Group for our park, Sadler's Creek. I understand that you would be an excellent source on how to do that right! 😀 Would you connect with me please? [email protected] Thanks John
Thank you for a wonderful and educational morning!! After turtle fest, we went to the beach and my four old was telling us all about how important it is to protect the turtles and my 7 year old found several pieces of plastic from the beach to throw away!
Just posted on Facebook
I just don't know why we don't hear more about conditions there. Every other place has reports, drone footage, etc. So frustrating.
Does anybody know if the beach and/or Live Oak campgrounds are destroyed. Have heard that the storm surge was worse than Matthew last year. Can't imagine!!! Our heaven on earth twice a year...
So I've been trying to find out if the beach campground really... actually opened on September 1st. Anybody know for sure?
Ok now that the Beachfront campground is open we expect to see pictures of the Beachfront campground.

Our purpose is to solicit volunteers and raise funds which benefit local educational and recreational projects, benefiting the public by enhancing the park programs, Environmental Learning Center, Ranger Station, and park grounds.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 523, Edisto Island, SC 29438

Operating as usual

09/02/2021

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Wondering what is happening at the ELC in September? Follow this link:http://frespace.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/elc-september-program-calendar.pdf

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Photos from Friends of Edisto Beach State Park and the ACE Basin ELC's post 08/31/2021

CRITTER OF THE MONTH
We’re proud to introduce Peter Parker (or if a female, Petra Parker), a juvenile spider crab living in our touch tank at the Environmental Learning Center. He is a type of decorator crab and sometimes tries to hide by placing bits of sea shells and sand from our touch tank on his back as camouflage. He has bristles or hooks (known as setae) on his back that resemble Velcro, and in the wild, he might attach sponges, hydroids, or bits of algae as camouflage. Peter Parker’s favorite food is bait shrimp, but he’ll also eat detritus. In South Carolina, we have two species of spider crabs: (1) Libinia dubia, the longnose spider crab, with approximately six bumps down the center of its back (carapace), and (2) Libinia emarginata, the portly spider crab, with approximately nine bumps. These crabs are capable of walking both forwards and sideways and can be typically found at depths of up to 150 feet and rarely at depths of up to 400 feet. Peter Parker’s shell may grow to approximately 4 inches with a leg span of 12 inches. He recently outgrew his shell and molted, changing from a smaller tan-colored crab to a larger dark gray crab.

Photo on top is after molt, lower left is before molt, and the lower right is molt.

08/05/2021

Part-time volunteers needed at Edisto State Park. The Environmental Learning Center at Edisto Beach is a one of a kind facility. Located off of Palmetto Road, it offers a serene experience of the maritime forest and barrier islands. There is access to Big Bay Creek for recreational fishing and crabbing. The center focuses on protecting our coastal resources and ACE Basin. This environment gives a great opportunity to learn of the ecosystems on Edisto Island and other barrier islands.

We are looking for candidates that have a good work ethic and are enthusiastic about learning. Some responsibilities of a volunteer would include but not limited to, touch tank monitoring, animal husbandry, daily cleaning, and maintenance. No prior experience is necessary; training will be provided. There may be opportunities to assist with our educational programs as well. We are open Tuesday - Saturday 9am - 4pm, we will be willing to work with current schedules. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact Samantha Pettit at [email protected] or 843-869-4430 and fill out a volunteer application.

Part-time volunteers needed at Edisto State Park. The Environmental Learning Center at Edisto Beach is a one of a kind facility. Located off of Palmetto Road, it offers a serene experience of the maritime forest and barrier islands. There is access to Big Bay Creek for recreational fishing and crabbing. The center focuses on protecting our coastal resources and ACE Basin. This environment gives a great opportunity to learn of the ecosystems on Edisto Island and other barrier islands.

We are looking for candidates that have a good work ethic and are enthusiastic about learning. Some responsibilities of a volunteer would include but not limited to, touch tank monitoring, animal husbandry, daily cleaning, and maintenance. No prior experience is necessary; training will be provided. There may be opportunities to assist with our educational programs as well. We are open Tuesday - Saturday 9am - 4pm, we will be willing to work with current schedules. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact Samantha Pettit at [email protected] or 843-869-4430 and fill out a volunteer application.

08/04/2021

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Welcome to our newest corporate sponsor, Walterboro Ford,
902 Bells Highway, Walterboro, SC 29488, https://www.walterboroford.com/

843-549-5581

https://www.facebook.com/WalterboroFord
email: [email protected] or [email protected]

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08/04/2021

Who wants to attend a public inventory of our turtle nests???

Who wants to attend a public inventory of our turtle nests???

Photos from Explore Beaufort, SC's post 08/01/2021

Photos from Explore Beaufort, SC's post

07/26/2021

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Planning a trip to the ELC in August? Follow this link for scheduled activities:http://frespace.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/elc-august-program-calendar.pdf

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07/25/2021

Critter of the Month

Species: Black Sea Bass (Centrophis striata)

This is George. She is one of the three Black Sea Bass that reside at the Environmental Learning Center at Edisto Beach State Park. She was caught at the center’s fishing pier in a crap trap. Her diet consists of shrimp and minnows which is very similar to what she would eat in the wild. Black Sea Bass are structure fish, meaning they find man-made or natural cover that provides protection. Juveniles prefer estuaries and rely heavily on that cover as they are growing. Fully grown, adults can be around 2 feet and 9 pounds. Its large size and taste make them highly sought after by fisherman. Many unique behaviors and migratory patterns make them a remarkable species, particularly their reproductive characteristics. For example, why is she named George? Black Sea Bass all start their life as females but are protogynous hermaphrodites. This means that at a certain point in their growth some individuals will develop into males. This maturity level for the change is around 9 inches. it is speculated that this gender change is initiated due to a decrease in males within their particular population. This aids the species local s*x ratio by repopulating the potential scarcity of males.

Critter of the Month

Species: Black Sea Bass (Centrophis striata)

This is George. She is one of the three Black Sea Bass that reside at the Environmental Learning Center at Edisto Beach State Park. She was caught at the center’s fishing pier in a crap trap. Her diet consists of shrimp and minnows which is very similar to what she would eat in the wild. Black Sea Bass are structure fish, meaning they find man-made or natural cover that provides protection. Juveniles prefer estuaries and rely heavily on that cover as they are growing. Fully grown, adults can be around 2 feet and 9 pounds. Its large size and taste make them highly sought after by fisherman. Many unique behaviors and migratory patterns make them a remarkable species, particularly their reproductive characteristics. For example, why is she named George? Black Sea Bass all start their life as females but are protogynous hermaphrodites. This means that at a certain point in their growth some individuals will develop into males. This maturity level for the change is around 9 inches. it is speculated that this gender change is initiated due to a decrease in males within their particular population. This aids the species local s*x ratio by repopulating the potential scarcity of males.

Photos from South Carolina State Parks's post 07/24/2021

Photos from South Carolina State Parks's post

[07/23/21]   The FRESPACE Board Nominating Committee is interviewing FRESPACE members interested in serving on the Board and accepting leadership responsibilities. Board members are responsible for attending four quarterly meetings per year and participating in board business electronically as well as participating in various Park activities. FRESPACE has an active, working board where each member has an essential responsibility. If you would like to be a part of this worthwhile and fulfilling organization, please email President Bill Andrews at [email protected] to ask any questions and/or set up a time for an interview. Thanks for your interest!

[07/22/21]   We just want to remind everyone that our new mailing address is FRESPACE, P.O. Box 523, Edisto Island, SC 29438. Thanks!

Photos from Friends of Edisto Beach State Park and the ACE Basin ELC's post 07/21/2021

Turtle Night Walk Shirts are for sale at the Camp Exchange for $15. Better come and get one while they last!

Timeline Photos 07/14/2021

Timeline Photos

The first sea turtle hatchlings of the year made it out of their nests and into South Carolina waters on Monday! 🐢🙌

A loggerhead nest at Edisto Beach State Park hatched in full, while a Seabrook nest (the first one laid this year!) saw four hatchlings emerge. 🏝️🐢

Over the next few months, thousands of nests will hatch along the coast. You can help these sea turtle hatchlings survive their first journey to the ocean: From dusk until dawn, turn off all beach-facing lights, close blinds and drapes on ocean-facing windows and avoid flashlight and flash photography use on the beach. Never interfere with nesting mothers or hatchlings -- it's illegal and dangerous to the animals. ⚠️

Photo: Edisto Beach State Park staff

07/13/2021

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Edisto Beach State Park turtle patrol is excited to announce that the first nest of the season has hatched! Our sea turtle specialist, Leah, and our turtle volunteer, Lea, found signs of emergence from nest #1 this morning! There was a large caved-in area underneath the predator screen, and they could still faintly see tiny hatchling tracks headed down the path of the light screen. The light screen helps to guide the hatchlings in the right direction so they can make a direct path to the ocean. Hopefully one of these hatchlings will survive the tough odds to reach adulthood of 1 in 1000. www.southcarolinaparks.com/edisto-beach

Photos from NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center's post 07/07/2021

Photos from NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center's post

Photos from Friends of Edisto Beach State Park and the ACE Basin ELC's post 07/06/2021

Blowing off the trails at EBSP before Elsa makes the scene.

07/02/2021
Timeline Photos 07/02/2021

Timeline Photos

The BEST place to catch our Salute is from the beach! The planes will begin just north of Myrtle Beach at 1pm on Sunday, July 4, and will make their way down the coastline. We can't wait to see you out there! ❤️🤍 💙

07/01/2021

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Do you want to know what is happening at the ELC in July? Follow this link: http://frespace.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/elc-july-2021-program-calendar.pdf. We hope to see you soon. Have a great Fourth!

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Photos from Edisto Beach Loggerhead Turtle Project's post 06/17/2021

Photos from Edisto Beach Loggerhead Turtle Project's post

HOW TO FIND SHARK TEETH [Top 5 Tips] PROFESSIONAL ADVICE!! 06/08/2021

HOW TO FIND SHARK TEETH [Top 5 Tips] PROFESSIONAL ADVICE!!

And this tip from our good friend, Ashby Gale!

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06/06/2021

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The schedule has been published for the activities at the Environmental Learning Center. Here is the link: http://frespace.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/elc-june-2021-program-calendar.pdf

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Sea Turtle Night Walks 06/06/2021

Sea Turtle Night Walks

Who wants to go on a Turtle Night Walk at Edisto Beach State Park? Follow this link for information: https://frespace.org/sea-turtle-night-walks/

Sea Turtle Night Walks Let’s Save the Sea Turtles The loggerhead sea turtle is a mysterious and beautiful visitor to our South Carolina coast. Our program explores the life cycle of the sea turtle, challenges to co…

06/01/2021

Today, June 1, marks the official start of the Atlantic basin hurricane season, which runs through November 30th. The National Weather Service and its National Hurricane Center have an excellent website to help you get prepared - www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness Don't wait until the storm is on your doorstep to starting preparing.

05/27/2021

CRITTER OF THE MONTH

This is Turnip, one of our two Diamondback Terrapins here at the ELC. She was found here on Edisto Beach and is at least 30 years old. She is a gnarly carnivore who loves eating minnows and small mice, but nothing beats her favorite snack: shrimp! Her best friends are Evie, Juicy, and Rudy, some of the other turtles here. They love going for exercise outside, soaking up Vitamin D and playing in the dirt. Diamondback Terrapins are a vulnerable species, under threat of extinction in the wild because of human interference. Terrapins have been hunted for consumption in the past, but it is now unacceptable and illegal. Unfortunately, Turnip and her friends in the wild are known to get caught in crab traps. With no escape, the turtles eventually drown and perish. However, with the help of BRDs, which are easily backwards compatible into crab traps, turtles like Turnip are no longer trapped in crab traps. Next time you visit the ELC, be sure to say hi to Turnip!

CRITTER OF THE MONTH

This is Turnip, one of our two Diamondback Terrapins here at the ELC. She was found here on Edisto Beach and is at least 30 years old. She is a gnarly carnivore who loves eating minnows and small mice, but nothing beats her favorite snack: shrimp! Her best friends are Evie, Juicy, and Rudy, some of the other turtles here. They love going for exercise outside, soaking up Vitamin D and playing in the dirt. Diamondback Terrapins are a vulnerable species, under threat of extinction in the wild because of human interference. Terrapins have been hunted for consumption in the past, but it is now unacceptable and illegal. Unfortunately, Turnip and her friends in the wild are known to get caught in crab traps. With no escape, the turtles eventually drown and perish. However, with the help of BRDs, which are easily backwards compatible into crab traps, turtles like Turnip are no longer trapped in crab traps. Next time you visit the ELC, be sure to say hi to Turnip!

Photos from South Carolina State Parks's post 05/17/2021

Photos from South Carolina State Parks's post

05/03/2021

And we are SO happy to announce that the Turtlefest is back on this year! If anyone would like to volunteer to help between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., please contact Leah at [email protected].

And we are SO happy to announce that the Turtlefest is back on this year! If anyone would like to volunteer to help between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., please contact Leah at [email protected].

05/01/2021

Ashby Gale and his parents at a book signing at the ELC. Together, they wrote the book, "Fossils." They will be at the ELC signing books until 4:00 p.m. today.

Ashby Gale and his parents at a book signing at the ELC. Together, they wrote the book, "Fossils." They will be at the ELC signing books until 4:00 p.m. today.

[04/28/21]   Welcome our two newest Corporate Sponsors, O-Hair by Lisa and Wills Agency. Please go by and express your gratitude. Better yet - consider taking your business to these friends of FRESPACE!

04/21/2021

ELC Critter of the Month

This month’s Critter of the Month is Marsh, our resident American Alligator (Scientific name Alligator mississippiensis)! Marsh is approximately 3 years old and came to us through Alligator Adventure in Myrtle Beach as a hatchling. We have a special permit through the Department of Natural Resources that allows us to keep her for Educational Purposes until she reaches a length of 3 feet long. When she reaches that length, we will return her to Alligator Adventure where she will live the rest of its life with other alligator friends! We refer to Marsh as a female although you cannot tell whether an alligator is a male or female from outward appearance. We feed her mice and although Marsh is a captive alligator, she still hisses at us from time to time! Come say hi to Marsh the next time you visit the ELC!

ELC Critter of the Month

This month’s Critter of the Month is Marsh, our resident American Alligator (Scientific name Alligator mississippiensis)! Marsh is approximately 3 years old and came to us through Alligator Adventure in Myrtle Beach as a hatchling. We have a special permit through the Department of Natural Resources that allows us to keep her for Educational Purposes until she reaches a length of 3 feet long. When she reaches that length, we will return her to Alligator Adventure where she will live the rest of its life with other alligator friends! We refer to Marsh as a female although you cannot tell whether an alligator is a male or female from outward appearance. We feed her mice and although Marsh is a captive alligator, she still hisses at us from time to time! Come say hi to Marsh the next time you visit the ELC!

Photos from Friends of Edisto Beach State Park and the ACE Basin ELC's post 04/19/2021

A beautiful day to blow off the trails at EBSP.

Home - Coastal Kingdom 04/16/2021

Home - Coastal Kingdom

For some interesting programs on nature along the coast, follow this website link: https://coastalkingdom.com/

Home - Coastal Kingdom We did it again! We won our second Southeastern EMMY Award in the “Best On Air Talent/Host” category at the annual event in Atlanta. The entire “Coastal Kingdom” team would like to thank you guys for all your support.

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Membership Donation: $40
Corporate Membership Donation: $100

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8377 State Cabin Rd
Edisto Island, SC
29438

General information

If you are interested in becoming a member of FRESPACE, you may contact the Environmental Learning Center at [email protected] Members will receive access to the Edisto Beach State Park's Day-use areas, periodic newsletters, advanced information on special activities, and volunteer project announcements.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm
Friday 9am - 4pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm
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