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Goodale State Park - Rudy Mancke Nature Series


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 walk and lecture.

Tall cypress trees that enchant the eye, a Civil War-era mill pond that abounds with wildlife, some of the best kayaking in South Carolina and a one and a half mile, sandy nature trail waiting to be explored can all be found at Goodale State Park.

Goodale is sure to please those who love wilderness canoe trips and kayaking in South Carolina, as paddling is one of the park’s main attractions. A little-known paddling trail winds for three miles through cypress trees and aquatic plants and is perfect for wilderness canoe trips taken not so far from the city.


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We will meet at the park on Friday, November 21, 2014, 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 lunch/snacks to ensure a comfortable day.

Meet the Instructor


 Rudy Mancke        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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