by Sam Spence
Now that the infernal summer heat has passed (we hope), it’s time to enjoy a little time in the great outdoors. Here are some opportunities to get a whiff of that cool autumn air.
Adopt-a-Flowerbed — Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is recruiting a corps of volunteers to plant and tend to the annual and perennial flowerbeds. Along with a passion for gardening, volunteers must also bring their hand tools and gloves. In exchange for their time, volunteers get free admission to the gardens, special events at Magnolia, and horticulture lectures and programs. Volunteers also are treated to two appreciation parties annually. Ongoing. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Road. (843) 571-1266. email@example.com
Charleston Parks Conservancy — The Charleston Parks Conservancy is seeking volunteer Park Angels to help maintain Charleston’s parks and green spaces, assist with fund-raising for the nonprofit, and spread the word about Charleston parks. Ongoing. www.parkangels.org
Keep Charleston Beautiful — Volunteers needed to help with community cleanups, beautification projects, and a school education program. firstname.lastname@example.org (843) 579-7501.
Keep North Charleston Beautiful — Participate in cleanup and beautification activities in N. Charleston. email@example.com (843) 745-1076.
MUSC Urban Farm Work and Learns — Learn how to grow and steward an urban garden in the lowcountry. Bring home fresh, organic produce and nutritional tips in return for your Farm work. Stay for part or all of the time. No prior experience required! Please bring water, sunscreen, and a hat, and for safety reasons,closed toe shoes are best. 9-10 a.m. Kids welcome Saturday. Open to all MUSC employees, students and their families (Saturday). Learn how to grow and steward an urban garden in the lowcountry. Bring home fresh, organic produce and nutritional tips in return for your Farm work. Stay for part or all of the time. No prior experience required! Please bring water, sunscreen, and a hat, and for safety reasons, closed-toe shoes are best. 9-11 a.m. MUSC Urban Farm, 171 Ashley Ave.
Rein and Shine Volunteer Training Session — Rein and Shine, a non-profit therapeutic horseback riding facility in Awendaw, is in need of lesson volunteers, barn/property maintenance, volunteer feeders, and event volunteers. No horse experience required. Wed. Sept. 12, 6 p.m. Free. Rein and Shine, 1276 Guerins Bridge Road. (843) 849-0964.
Sewee Visitor Center— The Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center, located in Awendaw, SC, is a federal facility jointly operated by the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and Francis Marion National Forest. The Center is seeking adult volunteers in visitor services, administrative support, education, resource enhancement, trails maintenance, and grounds and facility maintenance. The facility is open Tues.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sewee Visitor Center, 5821 Hwy. 17 N. (843) 928-3368. www.fws.gov/seweecenter