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Pendleton District
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Thoroughbred Country
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SC Dept. of Natural Resources
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Wildwater Rafting Ltd
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Santee Cooper Country
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SC Wildlife Federation
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Upcountry South Carolina
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Florence SC CVB
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UPCOMING EVENTS
April 2015
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
29 30 31
1
  Atalaya Tour
2
  Dogwood Festival
  Atalaya Tour
3
  Dogwood Festival
  Atalaya Tour
4
  Moonlight Canoe Float
  The Blackwater Creek & Swamp Overnight Expedition
  Sunrise Hike - Bald Knob
  Silver Bluff Audubon Center
  Aiken Horsepower Spring Fling
  North Augusta Easter Egg Hunt
  Aiken Historic Tour
  Garrison Weekend
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
  Historic Building Tour
  Williston Easter Egg Hunt
  Full Moon Kayak Tour
5
  The Blackwater Creek & Swamp Overnight Expedition
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Historic Building Tour
  Atalaya Tour
  Wild Weekends at the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park
6
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
7
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
  Story Time in the Gardens
  Horses and Courses Art Walk
8
  Atalaya Tour
9
  Atalaya Tour
10
  Womenn's Coastal Skills Clinic
  Camping with a Ranger
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
  Monarch and Milkweed
11
  Womenn's Coastal Skills Clinic
  Camping with a Ranger
  Music on the Mountain
  Morning Float
  Bird Walk in Hitchcock Woods
  Susie Rosier 5k Run
  Second Saturday with Ranger Russ
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Redcliffe's Evolving Landscape
  Founders' Day Festival at Charles Towne Landing
  Aiken Historic Tour
  Atalaya Tour
  Historic Building Tour
  April's Array
  Terrapin Trekking & Refuge Paddle
  Birds of Prey Show
  Mansion by Moonlight
12
  Womenn's Coastal Skills Clinic
  Camping with a Ranger
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Birds of Prey Show
  Historic Building Tour
  Atalaya Tour
  Wild Weekends at the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park
13
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
14
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
  Story Time in the Gardens
15
  Aiken Spring Classic
  Atalaya Tour
16
  Blue Wall Birding Festival
  Aiken Spring Classic
  Savannah River Site Public Tour (SRS)
  Atalaya Tour
17
  Blue Wall Birding Festival
  Aiken Spring Classic
  Sporting Days Farm Horse Trial
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
18
  Blue Wall Birding Festival
  Gospel and Gullah Festival
  Aiken Spring Classic
  Sporting Days Farm Horse Trial
  Family Fishing Clinic
  Taste of Blackville
  Aiken Historic Tour
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Aiken Kite Festival
  Colonial Times: Under the Crown and Colonial Trades Fair
  Atalaya Tour
  Historic Building Tour
  Family Fishing Clinic
  Rivers Bridge Battlefield Tour
19
  Blue Wall Birding Festival
  Aiken Spring Classic
  Sporting Days Farm Horse Trial
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Colonial Times: Under the Crown and Colonial Trades Fair
  Historic Building Tour
  Wild Weekends at the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park
  Atalaya Tour
20
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
21
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
  Story Time in the Gardens
22
  B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Division Tournament
  Aiken Spring Classic Finale
  Atalaya Tour
23
  B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Division Tournament
  Aiken Spring Classic Finale
  Atalaya Tour
24
  B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Division Tournament
  Aiken Spring Classic Finale
  2015 Benefit Golf Tournament
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
25
  Bike with a Park Ranger in Lee State Park
  RUN UNITED Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Fun Run
  Aiken Spring Classic Finale
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  29th Strawberry Festival
  Family Fishing Clinic
  Second Saturday with Ranger Russ
  Aiken Historic Tour
   Musgrove Mill Revolutionary War Encampment Weekend
  Atalaya Tour
  Blessing of the Fleet
  Colonial Times: Under the Crown and Colonial Trades Fair
  Historic Building Tour
26
  Breakfast Club Fly-In
  Aiken Spring Classic Finale
   Musgrove Mill Revolutionary War Encampment Weekend
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Colonial Times: Under the Crown and Colonial Trades Fair
  Historic Building Tour
  Atalaya Tour
  Wild Weekends at the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park
  Sunday Polo
27
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
28
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Savannah River Site Public Tour (SRS)
  Atalaya Tour
  Story Time in the Gardens
29
  Atalaya Tour
30
  Atalaya Tour
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A Message from the 2014 SCNBTA President:

In South Carolina, estimates are that outdoor recreation, including fishing, hunting, camping, bird watching, hiking and boating, generates over $18 billion in consumer spending, 4.7 billion in direct wages and $1 billion in state and local tax revenue! In short, outdoor recreation is a larger and more critical sector of the American economy than a lot of people realize. I have seen firsthand, through the connections in this association, that this field creates diverse jobs in marketing, sales, land management, guiding services and the list goes on in both the public and private service sectors.

Nature-based tourism focuses on visiting, appreciating and learning about natural and cultural resources. South Carolina is perfectly poised as a superb nature-travel destination. We are blessed with a diversity and richness of these resources. These resources also constitute a precious heritage that must be conserved and sustained. At the same time, we cannot afford the luxury of removing these resources entirely from economic use. Communities, resource managers and the tourism industry in SC have the opportunity to integrate the use and conservation of these resources, as we continue to develop the nature-based tourism industry.  The challenge is to seek a balance with resource conservation and the use for economic benefit. We all have a critical role to play and we need to work together to accomplish mutually agreed upon goals with innovative thinking!
The start of the New Year is a great time for identifying needs, opportunities and trends within the SC nature-based industry, primarily through ongoing open communication with our members and their respective communities. We need to continue to invest in South Carolina’s network of lands and waterways, so that we may protect and enhance the outdoor experiences for the benefit of all. Not only does this type of investment provide fantastic experiences for our visitors and residents alike, it also benefits the hundreds of businesses, communities and families whose livelihoods depend on the outdoor recreation economy.

Beyond the excitement of our annual conference, our on-going efforts with workshops and at trade shows where we provide resources, education, interaction, mentoring and networking opportunities for all members…..What is it that you need from the SCNBTA? What is it you have to offer? Please consider sharing your talents, needs, thoughts and ideas with any of the officers or board members. Please remember that the SCNBTA can only be what we make it!

People are thankful for the jobs we do and some even realize what we already know – that we are often, the first line of defense for our cultural and natural resources in the state of South Carolina. The work we do throughout the year, day after day, ensures that future generations will have the same, if not better, opportunities to enjoy the state - all the way from the mountains to the sea! I am thankful to have the chance to continue to evolve and improve the maturation of the S.C. Nature-Based Tourism Association.

Sincerely,
Kristina Wheeler
SCNBTA 2014 President

 

 


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