Outdoors calendar for the Midlands

January 13, 2013 

ADVENTURE CAROLINA: Congaree National Park Trip, noon, Jan. 20; Ski Trip to Catalooche Mountains, 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday; Congaree River Trip, 2 p.m. today and Saturday and Jan. 26 and 27, 1107 State St., Cayce. Reservations and fitting for any rental equipment must be made at least 48 hours in advance. (803) 796-4505, adventurecarolina.com

CAROLINA RIVER CONNECTION: Basic canoe, sea/rec and whitewater kayak instruction and rentals. Five different guided trips for all levels of paddlers including half day, full day and overnight trips. Meals are provided, and ages eight and under paddle for free. Paddle the Saluda, Congaree, Edisto and Enoree Rivers. (803) 917-3920; www.carolinariverconnection.com

COLUMBIA DUCKS UNLIMITED: Annual oyster roast, 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Coop, 1100 Key Road, Columbia. Advanced tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple. (803) 240-5665

CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: January guided program schedule: Nature Discovery, 9:30 a.m. Saturday; Tree Trek, 10 a.m. Jan. 26 and 2 p.m. today, Saturday and Jan. 27; Weston Lake Wilderness Hike, 1:30 p.m., Jan. 26. Canoe tour reservations are taken by phone only. Call (803) 776-4396, ext. 0, to speak with a ranger. Voice mail or email reservations will not be accepted. Harry Hampton Visitor Center park hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The park is at 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. (803) 776-4396; nps.gov/cong

RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN: “So You Wanna be a Zookeeper?” 10:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 2 at 1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia. The cost is $15 plus general admission. Explore behind-the-scences and participate in a panel discussion with Riverbanks’ animal care staff. (803)779-8717; www.riverbanks.org

SESQUICENTENNIAL STATE PARK: Winter Nature Walk, 10 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 ages 15 and under and seniors. Registration due Friday. Birding Basics, 9 a.m. Jan. 26. Cost is free for Park Passport Plus holders, $5 for adults and $3 ages 15 and under and seniors. (803) 788-2706; www.SouthCarolinaParks.com

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