The city of Columbia is encouraging you to grab family and friends and discover the local nature scene during free walks at three parks.
Participants will learn about the the animals that call South East Park home, the history of the Columbia Canal and more.
Walkers are encouraged to bring binoculars and field guides as well as essentials such as water, sunscreen, bug repellent, hats and sturdy footwear.
South East Park Wildlife Walk
Tuesday, 5 – 6 p.m.
Discover the animals that live in South East Park. This 62-acre wooded park features a pond, hiking trails and abundant wildlife, including red foxes, deer and animals that thrive in the pond. Meet at the park’s parking lot, 951 Hazelwood Road.
Canal History Tour
Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m.
Learn how the Columbia Canal has been part of the city’s growth and innovation for almost 200 years. Topics include the original canal, the earliest hydropower plants and the former S.C. State Penitentiary (Central Correctional Institution). Meet at the Riverfront Park (South) parking lot, 312 Laurel St.
Oct. 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Learn how these animals are vital to the health of our environment. The walk occurs during the annual celebration designed to raise awareness about bat conservation. Meet at the Riverfront Park (North) parking lot, 4122 River Dr.