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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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Santee Cooper Country
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SC Wildlife Federation
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Upcountry South Carolina
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Florence SC CVB
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UPCOMING EVENTS
May 2015
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
26 27 28 29 30
1
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
2
  2015 River Jamboree at Lynches River County Park in Coward
  Palmetto Backcountry Campout
  Rural Science & History Day at Clemson University Pee Dee REC in Florence
  Spring Birding
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
  Historic Building Tour
  Moonlight Canoe Float
3
  Palmetto Backcountry Campout
  Sunrise Hike - Table Rock
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Historic Building Tour
  Atalaya Tour
  Wild Weekends at the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park
4
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
5
  Culinary Camp with Chef Laurie
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
  Story Time in the Gardens
6
  Culinary Camp with Chef Laurie
  Storytime at the Park
  Atalaya Tour
  Yappy Hour
7
  Culinary Camp with Chef Laurie
  Atalaya Tour
8
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Aiken Bluegrass Festival
  Atalaya Tour
9
  Music on the Mountain
  Mother's Day Fairy Gardening Workshop
  Second Saturday with Ranger Russ
  Aiken Historic Tour
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Staking a Claim: Exploration and Discovery in the New World
  Colonial Surveying
  National Train Day Celebration
  Aiken Bluegrass Festival
  Atalaya Tour
  Historic Building Tour
  Tie-Dye Tee Shirts
  Behind the Scenes at Redcliffe Plantation
10
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Historic Building Tour
  Atalaya Tour
  Wild Weekends at the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park
  Sunday Polo
11
  Aiken Chamber Golf Tournament
  SSOM Golf Tournament
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
  Hopelands Summer Concert Series
12
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Savannah River Site Public Tour (SRS)
  Atalaya Tour
  Story Time in the Gardens
13
  Atalaya Tour
14
  Atalaya Tour
  Music in the Park in North Augusta
15
  Blackville Music & Art Festival
  Midnight Madness 5k & Fun Run/Walk
  The Aiken Garden Show
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
16
  Blackville Music & Art Festival
  Aiken County Sheriff's Office Jail Break 5k
  The Aiken Garden Show
  Palmetto Campout
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Big Green Fishing Tournament
  Aiken Historic Tour
  Weekday on the Water - Sparkleberry Swamp Paddle
  Atalaya Tour
  Historic Building Tour
17
  Palmetto Campout
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Historic Building Tour
  Atalaya Tour
  Wild Weekends at the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park
  Sunday Polo
18
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
  Hopelands Summer Concert Series
19
  Nature and Wildlife Photography Workshop
  Wildlife Photography Workshop
  Critters of the Night (Field Trip)
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
  Story Time in the Gardens
20
  Nature and Wildlife Photography Workshop
  Wildlife Photography Workshop
  Atalaya Tour
21
  Nature and Wildlife Photography Workshop
  Wildlife Photography Workshop
  Atalaya Tour
  Music in the Park in North Augusta
22
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
  Savannah River Classic
23
  Savannah River Classic
  South Fork Edisto River Trip
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Aiken Historic Tour
  Aiken Jaycees Memorial Day Parade
  Atalaya Tour
  Historic Building Tour
  S'Mores at Sunset
24
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Historic Building Tour
  Wild Weekends at the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park
  Atalaya Tour
  Sunday Polo
25
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
  Hopelands Summer Concert Series
26
  Barnwell Farmers Market
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Savannah River Site Public Tour (SRS)
  Atalaya Tour
  Story Time in the Gardens
27
  Atalaya Tour
28
  Atalaya Tour
  Music in the Park in North Augusta
29
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Atalaya Tour
30
  Aiken Historic Tour
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Last Saturday at the Park
  Atalaya Tour
  Historic Building Tour
  Moonlight Canoe Float
31
  Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
  Historic Building Tour
  Wild Weekends at the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park
  Atalaya Tour
  Sunday Polo
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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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