Outdoors calendar, March 17

March 17, 2013 

ADVENTURE CAROLINA: Congaree National Park Trip, 12:30 p.m. today and Saturday; and Congaree River Trip, 2 p.m. Saturday, 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 8 and under paddle for free. Paddle the Saluda, Congaree, Edisto and Enoree Rivers. (803) 917-3920; www.carolinariverconnection.com

CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: 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: Springtime at the Garden Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia. Free with paid admission. (803)779-8717; www.riverbanks.org

SALUDA SHOALS PARK: The S.C. Wildlife Federation hosts the Pametto Pro Birders program featuring bird biolgoy, identification and habitat conservation Saturday and March 24 at Saluda Shoals Park. Open to ages 16 and older. Cost is $150. (803) 256-0670; www.scwf.org

2013 SCLEOF BASS TOURNAMENT: Sponsored by the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Foundation, 5:30 a.m. on-site registration, 6 a.m. participants meeting; March 29 at Billy Dreher Island State Park, Prosperity. Early registration is $100/two-person team; late registration is $125/two-person team. Breakfast and lunch will be served. (803) 606-8014; www.scleoa.org

SESQUICENTENNIAL STATE PARK: Application deadline is March 24. The fifth annual Great American Backyard Campout, check in 10 a.m. April 20 and check out noon April 21. $35 for a family up to six people. Park fees: $5/adults, $3/ages 15 and under and seniors. (803) 788-2706; www.SouthCarolinaParks.com

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