Beidler Forest - Statewide Advanced Training

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Beidler Forest photos by Mark Musselman, Audubon South Carolina.

Monday, June 23, 2014              9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest
336 Sanctuary Road
Harleyville, SC 29448

Join us as we walk the elevated, 1.75-mile boardwalk at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest--the ancient trees, the wildlife, and the quiet flow of blackwater all await you. Discover the lowcountry old-growth forest and black water swamp of Beidler Forest. The sanctuary is closed on Mondays so you will have a one-of-a-kind experience with your fellow Master Naturalists.

General Schedule
  • 9:00 - 9:15 Welcome, introduction and orientation to Beidler Forest
  • 9:15 - 1:00 Boardwalk explorations through the old-growth swamp forest
  • 1:00 - 1:45 Lunch and presentation on resource management at Beidler Forest
  • 1:45 - 3:00 Explore longleaf pine habitats
  • 3:00 - 4:00 Wrap up – recap of ecosystems explored

Your instructor for this class is Mark Musselman, SC Master Naturalist and Land Manager, The Audubon Center & Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest.

This session qualifies for 7 hours of advanced training in the the Coastal Plain towards certification as a SC Statewide Master Naturalist for graduates of the Upstate, Catawba, and Midlands Master Naturalist Programs.

Students are responsible for meals and transportation to Beidler Forest. Bring lunch, water, sturdy walking shoes or boots, field notebook, pen/pencil, field guides/apps, binoculars, camera, bugspray, sunscreen and rain gear. Bring money to spend in their gift shop to help support the forest. Download the free Beidler Forest app.

NOTE: There are no gas stations, convenience stores or other places of business near Beidler Forest. Be sure to acquire everything you need before arriving for the training.

LODGING: Should you need lodging, the closest town is St. George near the intersection of I-95 and I-26, west of Beidler.

The course fee is $65 which covers admission to the sanctuary. Enrollment is limited to the first 25 paid registrants. Register for this course by calling the office of the Interim State Coordinator of the SC Master Naturalist Program between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday (864-878-1394 ext. 114 - ask for Renee). After registering by phone, mail your check for $65 (credit cards not accepted) made out to Clemson University to:

Dr. James H. Blake
Interim State Coordinator
SC Master Naturalist Program
P.O. Box 995
Pickens, SC 29671

NOTE: Your registration is not complete until payment has been received.

REFUNDS: Refunds will be processed up until June 1, 2014 less a handling fee of $10.00. Any refunds requested after that date will be processed at 50% of the course fee UNLESS the spot can be filled. If the spot is filled, then the handling fee of $10.00 applies. NO REFUNDS WILL BE PROCESSED AFTER JUNE 11, 2014.

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Beidler Forest photos by Mark Musselman, Audubon South Carolina.
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This training is being hosted by the Coastal Master Naturalist Association.

Mark Musselman

Mark Musselman
Heli-hiking west of the Rockies.

Mark Musselman is a graduate of the South Carolina Master Naturalist Program and Land Manager for The Audubon Center & Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest. Mark was born in New Jersey, but soon became an Air Force brat living around the United States and the world. He attended 15 schools before graduating from high school in Brussels, Belgium. Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of South Carolina and in 1985 he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps where he served 4 years active duty and 2 years reserve duty. He then earned a Master of Arts degree in Teaching and taught 8th grade earth science for 2 ½ years before becoming a stay-at-home dad for the next 8 years. Mark worked part-time for 2 years in the education department at Beidler Forest before becoming the education director in July 2006 and as of January 2013 now serves as Land Manger for Beidler Forest.

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