Outdoors calendar, April 27

April 27, 2014 

AMERICA’S BOATING COURSE: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday and May 10 at Flotilla Island on Lake Murray (at the end of Johnson Marina Road in Ballentine). The course provides students with information required by federal and state boating laws and regulations. Completion meets requirements for boat operation in all states and qualifies youth younger than 16 to operate watercraft of more that 15 horsepower without adult supervision. Graduates may also qualify for discounts on boat insurance. Cost is $40 per individual or $50 for couples/families. (803) 318-0072

ADVENTURE CAROLINA: Congaree National Park Trip, 12:30 p.m. Sunday; Congaree River Trip, 2 p.m. Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday; Congaree Social $5 Demo Day, 6 p.m. Wednesday; After Work Trip, 5:30 p.m. Thursday; Three Rivers Paddle, 5:30 p.m. Friday; Basic Kayak Class, 10 a.m. Saturday. Reservations and fitting for rental equipment must be made at least 48 hours in advance. (803) 796-4505; adventurecarolina.com

ADVENTURE DAY: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. May 9 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Check-in is at 9 a.m. Programs are trail running and walking, trail riding demo, yoga for athletes, and pre- and post-exercise eating plans. Cost is $85 per person. Massage therapy will be available for $20 for 20 minutes or $30 for 30 minutes. Bring bike helmet, sunscreen, change of clothes, yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Lunch included. Register by May 5. Mail reservation payment of $40 to Lori Lapin, 217 Camden Chase, Columbia, SC 29223. (803) 513-2325; lorilapin123@gmail.com

THE BASS FEDERATION OF SOUTH CAROLINA: The 2014 tournament schedule is available at tbfofsc.com.

CAROLINA RIVER CONNECTION: Basic canoe, sea/rec and whitewater kayak instruction and rentals. Five 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.

CAROLINA SANDHILLS REFUGE: Friends of Carolina Sandhills Refuge Annual Birding Boot Camp, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, 23734 U.S. Hwy. 1, McBee. Led by Dr. William Alexander, the free camp will allow participants to develop birding skills and experience the refuge. Bring binoculars, snacks and water. Registration required. (843) 335-8350; patricia_mccoy@fws.gov

CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: Guided Canoe Tour, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday and May 24, and June 7 and 28. Free. Meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. The park is at 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Call (803) 647-3980 and leave a message to RSVP. nps.gov/cong

HICKORY TOP HORSE TRIALS: Saturday at 725 Piney Branch Road, Eastover. Dressage begins at 8 a.m., Cross Country, 10:30 a.m. and Stadium Jumping, noon. (803) 353-8856

LAKE MURRAY ASSOCIATION: Ladies Day on the Lake, June 17 at the Lighthouse Marina, 1925 Johnson Marina Road, Chapin. Women will learn about boating safety and trailer backing. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Cost is $35. (803) 331-8355; lakemurrayassociation.org

SESQUICENTENNIAL STATE PARK: Two-mile hike with a ranger, 10-11:30 a.m. May 17, 9564 Two Notch Road. Adults must accompany children 15 and younger. Register by May 14. Free with park admission. (803) 788-2706; SouthCarolinaParks.com

TROUT UNLIMITED PISGAH CHAPTER FLY FISHING SCHOOL: 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Saturday at Harmon Field on Harmon Field Road, Tryon, N.C. Students will receive instruction from experienced anglers as well as a hands-on learning session. Cost is $125 for adults, $100 for college students, and $75 for children age 12-18. Fee includes lunch. Equipment will be provided. Register at pisgahchaptertu.org.

SALUDA SHOALS PARK: The Saluda Shoals Foundation, Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission and Trustus Theatre present “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” 7:30 p.m. May 22-24 at the Environmental Education Center Outdoor Deck, 5605 Bush River Road. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased by calling (803) 213-2025. Proceeds support the future construction of Nature’s Theater at the park. (803) 256-0670; scwf.org

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