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Nature Adventures Outfitters
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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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Christopher Hall Photography
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Wildwater Rafting Ltd
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Twitter.com/wildwaterltd

Santee Cooper Country
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countrysouthcarolina

SC Wildlife Federation
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Upcountry South Carolina
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Florence SC CVB
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UPCOMING EVENTS
February 2015
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Wild Weekends at the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park
2
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
3
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
4
  WRFH Hunt Week
  Full Gallop HT
5
  WRFH Hunt Week
  Cupid Classic
  Redcliffe Plantation: Day Trip
6
  WRFH Hunt Week
  Cupid Classic
  Antiques in the Heart of Aiken
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
7
  WRFH Hunt Week
  Cupid Classic
  Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society Tour
  Antiques in the Heart of Aiken
  Aiken Historic Tour
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Rivers Bridge Battlefield Tour
8
  WRFH Hunt Week
  Cupid Classic
  Antiques in the Heart of Aiken
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Wild Weekends at the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park
9
  WRFH Hunt Week
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
10
  WRFH Hunt Week
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
11
  WRFH Hunt Week
12
  WRFH Hunt Week
13
  Paradise Horse Trials
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
14
  Paradise Horse Trials
  Katydid Farm HDT
  Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society Tour
  Aiken Historic Tour
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
15
  Paradise Horse Trials
  Katydid Farm HDT
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Wild Weekends at the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park
16
  Whiskey Road Foxhounds Spring Hunter Pace
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
17
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
18
  Paradise Farm Jumping Derby
19
  Apple Tree South 2-phase series
  Moonlight Canoe Float
20
  NCHA (National Cutting Horse Association) Area 18
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Beach Walk and Shell Craft
  Battle of Aiken
21
  Progressive Show Jumping Series
  NCHA (National Cutting Horse Association) Area 18
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Aiken Historic Tour
  Beach Walk and Shell Craft
  Fears that Fortified Charles Towne - Cannon Demonstration
  Battle of Aiken
  Creatures of the Night Plus One
22
  Progressive Show Jumping Series
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Battle of Aiken
  Wild Weekends at the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park
  A Renaissance Woman: 'Ferdi' and the Gardens of Old Town
23
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Annual Owl Prowl
24
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
25
  March Madness I
  A Walk in the Woods
26
  March Madness I
27
  March Madness I
  Civil War Reenactment
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
28
  March Madness I
  Civil War Reenactment
  Lowcountry Colonial Days
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Aiken Historic Tour
  Tour of Rivers Bridge Battlefield and Memorial Grounds
  Trail Ride with Your Horse

 

 

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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