About Sandhill REC

Welcome to the Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center located in Columbia, South Carolina.  The Sandhill Research and Education Center (REC), one of five Clemson University Research and Education Centers, was established in 1926 for agricultural research in the primarily rural Columbia area. As the Columbia community has grown, the focus of the Sandhill Research and Education Center has evolved to meet the changing needs of the state. In 1999, the University's Board of Trustees approved the sale of approximately 300 acres of Sandhill's land. The Board approved using $8.5 million of the proceeds to construct new facilities and endow new programs at the center. In addition, up to $5 million was designated to endow community service scholarships to serve the citizens of South Carolina.

One of the new missions that the Board authorized entailed the creation of the Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development. With its extensive network, the Institute works help communities to utilize their resources more efficiently. Sandhill REC is also committed to natural resources and environmental stewardship. Partnerships with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, USDA-NRCS, University of South Carolina, and the faculty of Sandhill partner to conduct research and education programs that reach thousands each year. While the services of Sandhill have metamorphosed over the years, it still fulfills its original purpose of meeting the needs and serving the people of the surrounding communities, South Carolina and beyond.

The Sandhill REC is a natural wildlife area characterized by certain inherent dangers.  These dangers include alligators, coyotes, poisonous snakes, poisonous insects, other native wildlife, poisonous plants, uneven terrain, moving waters, still waters and other natural hazards.  For your safety,  stay on designated trails,  do not hike or run alone,  the property closes at dusk and  proper footwear is recommended.  Minors (under 18 years old) should be under adult supervision at all times.  Your safety cannot be guaranteed.  Stay alert to potential dangers!

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