USC’s Fall Natural History Series Starts September 7

September!  This time of year brings a welcome reminder of one big reason why people choose to live in the South.  Isn’t it funny how once school starts, it seems that fall is here, no matter that it’s still pretty warm outside?

Walking is one of the best exercises available—it’s free, suitable for all ages, requires no special equipment, and no particular skills other than putting one foot in front of other.  This fall, USC Sumter invites you to enjoy the outdoors and along the way, learn a few things about our beautiful natural environment with the Fall Natural History Series.

The program is designed to “[celebrate] some of the excellent ecology and natural history Sumter has to offer,” says Austin Jenkins, an instructor at the university.  Research has proven that people who spend time outdoors are happier and healthier, and with some instruction on Sumter County’s native flora and fauna, they will come away more knowledgeable, as well.  Since these are group walks, it even presents the opportunity to make a few new friends.

The first walk is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, September 7 at Poinsett State Park.  Please wear comfortable shoes, and binoculars might be a good idea.  The walks will conclude no later than 10 a.m., and although there is no charge, registration is required (and is limited to 20 people per walk, so don’t procrastinate!).  Following the first, the schedule will continue as follows:

October 5:       Lynchburg Savanna Heritage Preserve
November 9:   Cypress Park
December 7:    Swan Lake-Iris Gardens

All walks will start at 8:30 a.m.  To register, or for more information, please call (803) 938-3730.  And remember the wise words of John Muir:  “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”

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