Regional Events

The list below of OUTINGS is a preview of upcoming events and is subject to change. Details for specific OUTINGS will be posted as the event nears and also on the Midlands Calendar.

Please NOTE. OUTINGS are scheduled based on the best times and locations available, however Mother Nature does not always coincide with our plans. Therefore, weather may dictate changing a planned OUTING.

Keep in contact with the Outing Coordinator and keep an eye on the Midlands CNPA webpage calendar OUTINGS

Outings January 2017 thru August 2017 –

  1. All tentative with in many cases dates to be announced and depending on conditions as the outings approach. 


January 2017:

Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. The outing will occur on Saturday January 28th, and our group will meet at 8:45 AM by the main gate which is located at 500 Wildlife Parkway in Columbia.  The cost of admission for an individual  is $15.95,

              Leader:  Don

February 2017:

Bear Island and Donnelly WMA (after about the 9th of February when Bear Island opens)

                        Leader:  Don

March 2017:

 1. April 2017:                 

Swan Lake Iris Gardens– Sat 29 April. 

April 29 to the Sumter Swan Lake and Iris Gardens. Lets meet in the parking lot at 8:00 am.  Admission is free. We will shoot the variety of birds that are permanent residents of the park and any flowers that may be blooming. I expect to stop  around 11:00 before the light becomes harsh.  Bring a hat, sunscreen, bug repellent, comfortable walking shoes and water. There are picnic tables available for those interested in bringing a lunch and spending the day, and there are Restroom facilities in the parking lot beside the welcome center.

822 W. Liberty Street, Sumter, SC 29150

            Leader:     Stacy

May 2017:  

Beidler – in first two weeks (consider making a contest event to take place at Beidler)

            Leader:   Don and Stacie

June 2017:

 Consider Edisto Island

Consider ED VENTURE for butterflies (explore re other Butterfly sites like the one at Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner)

            Leader: to be announced

July 2017:

Swallowtail Kites in Allendale – typically 3rd weekend in 

July 2017

Best on a Saturday

            Leader:  Don

August 2017:

  1. Perseids Meteor Shower:

Night of Saturday August 12th morning of Sunday August 13th  – Congaree National Park (or Barbara Thomas at Audubon Beider may know of a great spot) Moonset is at 12:15 so viewing best from Midnight on.

Leader:  Jim Kelly

  1. Total Solar Eclipse MONDAY AUGUST 21ST.We have been planning for our group to  photograph the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday August 21st with Columbia a real hot spot to both see and photograph the eclipse.   Columbia will have about 2 and 1/2 minutes of totality with few places in the country having a longer time of totality. The eclipse starts at about 1:13 pm and goes total at about 2:45 pm and is over by 4:06pm.  CNPA Midlands will provide special glasses to view the eclipse.  You will also need an eclipse filter for your camera. The Triangle region will join us for this outing. A special joint meeting with the CNPA Triangle region at the Grecian Gardens on Sunday evening August 20th, where we will invite folks to show a number of their all time favorite Nature Photography images, and of course we will have dinner at the restaurant.   We have reserved a large private room at the restaurant.
  2. In preparation for the eclipse our Friday April 7th CNPA Midlands region meeting will feature two speakers. The speakers are Larry Metcalf and Johhny Horne and they will speak on astrophotography and the solar eclipse and its photography. This will be a tremendous presentation and not one to miss. 

1 Jan to Dec 31 -2017 SC Audubon Society Special Announcement:

Enhanced photo opportunities previously unavailable to nature photographers in South Carolina are now available thanks to Audubon South Carolina.

The 2017 Audubon South Carolina Photographer Pas is available now and it comes with some really serious goodies.”  The pass, which costs $100 and is valid from Jan. 1 to Dec 31, 2017,   is available at the Beidler Forest Audubon Center in Harleyville S.C., or it can be purchased by calling Beidler (843-462-2150). 

The pass allows admission to Beidler during its normal hours   but also gets you early admission (7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) on the four Mondays in April and the first four Mondays in May, days which  Beidler is closed to the general public. That means photographers will have more great opportunities to photograph during the prime months of spring and early summer and there will be very little traffic. The pass also allows early admission to Beidler (get in at 7:30 a.m.) on the first Saturday during the months of March, April, May and June. In addition, there will be after-hours admissions to Beidler on already selected Saturdays from February thru June. Additional after-hours admissions during the week will  be  announced to pass holders via email.

Now, if that isn’t enough, photography pass holders will have the opportunity to participate in some guided field trips to exclusive locations including Dewees Island, Brosnan Forest, and the Silver Bluff Audubon Center and Sanctuary. 

To top it all off, pass holders will be able to enter two photos (with no fee) into the 2018 Audubon South Carolina Calendar Photo Contest – a contest with very nice monetary prizes. It will be a contest with 12 images selected for inclusion into the 2018 Audubon South Carolina Calendar. 

 So, in short, this is a great opportunity for nature photographers. More information is available by emailing  Pass holders will be provided with a summary of its benefits and additional information (the rules)  about the 2018 Audubon South Carolina Calendar Photo Contest. Each image entered  into the contest will be submitted as a high-resolution jpg, and each submitted picture must have at least one  bird as it appeared in your viewfinder. Images can have been taken at any time – not necessarily just in 2017. 

Audubon South Carolina protects birds and the habitats they need today and in the future.  The organization wants to encourage people to connect with nature, especially through photography, which allows talented people to capture the magic and beauty of the natural world for others to appreciate.