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Natural History with Rudy Mancke - Poinsett State Park


This is not just any nature walk! 

Spend a Friday morning exploring some of South Carolina's greatest natural treasures with renowned naturalist Rudy Mancke.  Meet us at the park and enjoy an exciting and captivating lecture. 

Poinsett State Park is located in the "High Hills of Santee". Poinsett State Park is located where the South Carolina Sandhills and of the Midlands region meets the coastal plain region.  This mixed ecosystem yields a high degree of biodiversity and some of the most unique natural sightings in the park system, especially along the Palmetto trail which winds through the Manchester State Forest.

Poinsett State Park boasts a 10-acre lake which is beautiful and serene. The park also offers campsites, a fishing pond, a coquina bathhouse built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, pre-revolutionary grist mill ruins and rustic cabins.


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We will meet at the park on Friday, November 8, 2012, at 10 am.  Directions will be emailed to you before the course.  Each session is limited to 40 participants.  The program will be hosted by Rudy Mancke and escorted by USC staff.

We will run these programs in all types of weather and will not postpone or cancel a program unless extreme conditions warrant.   Traveling in the backcountry can be hazardous. You are responsible for informing yourself about these hazards and taking necessary precautions.

Guests should be prepared with sunscreen, bottled water, bug spray, good walking shoes, and snacks to ensure a comfortable day.  

Lunch is not provided.  Please feel free to bring a picnic lunch.

Meet the Instructor 

Rudy Mancke        


Rudy Mancke serves as a distinguished lecturer in natural history at the USC School of the Environment. He is perhaps best known as director of nature programming for S.C. ETV and for NatureScene, a nationally syndicated TV show on which he appeared for 23 years. 

Before his television career, Mancke was natural history curator at the South Carolina State Museum and, before that, a high school biology and geology teacher. He earned a degree at Wofford College and did graduate work at USC, and has received honorary doctorate degrees from the College of Charleston, Converse College, Coker College, Presbyterian College, Winthrop University, and Wofford College. He writes articles, maintains a demanding public speaking schedule, and is host of Nature Notes on educational radio. 

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"I love the excitement of discovery. I’ve caught thousands of snakes, but I always want one more. And every time I share in someone else’s moment of discovery, I get excited about that.” – Rudy Mancke



If you would prefer to register by phone, please contact us at (803) 777-9444.


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