Winyah Master Naturalist Class

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Sponsor:        North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve,
Huntington Beach State Park, Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and
Forest Science and Belle W. Baruch Foundation

Location:        Hobcaw Barony and others

Date:             March - June (Saturdays)

Time:             8 AM to 2 PM, with one overnight trip

Admission:     $600

Contact:         Dr. Jennifer Plunket, Stewardship Coordinator
Phone:           (843) 904-9033


 How do beach animals survive in the intertidal zone?

What is the difference between a swamp and a marsh?

Why are snakes’ tongues forked?

Are you curious about the plants, animals, and habitats around you? Explore the coast with the Winyah Master Naturalist Class being offered this fall as a part of the South Carolina Master Naturalist Program. During this 12 week course, we will practice identification skills, learn ecological concepts, discuss the natural history of the habitats we visit, examine human impacts on the environment, and develop the skills necessary to be active volunteer stewards in the community. Field trip sites include the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Hobcaw Barony, Huntington Beach State Park, the Waccamaw Wildlife Refuge, and other local areas of interest. Participants completing the course and 30 hours of approved volunteer work will receive a Master Naturalist certification and be eligible to participate in advanced volunteer training courses.


Saturdays, typically from 8 AM to 2 PM, although times vary depending on field trip activities. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from field trip sites. One overnight trip is required.

Course Fee

The $600 fee includes the Master Naturalist Training Manual, the Winyah Master Naturalist Course Book, 5 field guides, a write-in-the-rain notebook, hand lens, entrance fees to field trip sites, and a resource CD.

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The Winyah Master Naturalist Class is offered through a partnership between the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and the North Inlet - Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Huntington Beach State Park, Clemson’s Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology & Forest Science, and the Belle W. Baruch Foundation.