Wildlife and history day returns to Huntington State Park

Wildlife and history day returns to Huntington State Park (Image 1)
Wildlife and history day returns to Huntington State Park (Image 1)

On Saturday, March 15th, Huntington Beach State Park will host its 20th annual South Strand Wildlife and History Day from noon until 5 pm.

All programs are free with paid admission.

The park admission fee is $5/adult, $3/youth ages 6-15, and free for ages 5 and under. Admission to Atalaya is $2/person, free for ages 5 and under.

Returning for this year's event will be Camp Flintlock, a group of historical re-enactors who will be presenting hands-on programs throughout the day to immerse visitors in what life would have been like during colonial times.

Highlights will include fife & drum music, an opportunity to write with quill & ink, and browsing colonial reproductions for sale.

The courtyard of Atalaya, the castle-like former home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, provides a beautiful backdrop for displays and hands-on activities presented by a variety of different agencies and organizations.

Visitors will have the chance to get acquainted with a variety of live animals, explore displays of local seashells and fossils, and learn more about the history of the Grand Strand.

Huntington Beach State Park is considered by many to be the best birding spot in South Carolina and visitors will have the chance to find this out first-hand as they learn the basics of bird watching during a walk along the causeway.

One of the highlights of the day will be the 1:00 pm free-flight live raptor demonstration presented high above the park by the Center for Birds of Prey.

Meanwhile, throughout the park a variety of tours and educational programs will be given. Join a guided walk along the edge of Mallard Pond to observe live alligators in their natural habitat.

Other programs throughout the day will focus on topics such as beachcombing, sea creatures, local wildlife, snakes, and folklore and ghost stories (told in the basement of Atalaya).

Several tours of Atalaya, a National Historic Landmark, will be provided by members of the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park throughout the day.

Located along U.S. 17 in Murrells Inlet, Huntington Beach State Park offers to more than a million visitors a year one of the most pristine beaches on the Grand Strand. The 2,500-acre park's freshwater lagoon, salt marsh and maritime forest also are outstanding examples of the state's natural coastal environment.

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