‘Novice Naturalist’ at Rose Hill

UNION — Insects! Mammals! Birds! Amphibians! You might be surprised to find out that wildlife is everywhere at Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site. Places which are set aside to preserve history often provide a location which preserves and protects wildlife as well.

Have you always wanted to learn how to find and identify wildlife, but are not sure how to get started? Then the “Novice Naturalist” wildlife program is perfect for you. Join us Saturday, August 1, from 10-11 a.m. for this introductory naturalist course. We’ll explore the outdoors to see what animals we can find, learn how to use field guides to identify what we find and start your own wildlife journal to keep a record of your observations.

Wear comfortable clothes. Closed-toe shoes are required since we will be exploring outside. We will provide you with a complimentary notebook to start a wildlife journal, magnifying lens and cold water to drink. If you have them, please bring: a camera, any field guides, binoculars.

The program is for ages 12 and older. Reservations Required. Space limited to 20 people. $4 per person. Contact: Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site, 2677 Sardis Road, Union, SC, 29379. Ph.: 864-427-5966 E-mail: rosehill@scprt.com.

About Rose Hill

Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site is the antebellum home of South Carolina’s “secession governor,” William H. Gist. Visitors to the 44-acre park can learn about the lifestyle of a wealthy Upstate plantation family, Gist’s contributions to politics, and the importance of cotton in the South. Visitors also get an inside look at the role of enslaved African-Americans and tenant farmers in South Carolina’s history.

Normal Hours Of Operation

Park grounds are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. year round. The mansion home is only accessible by guided tour. Tours are held March-October, daily at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Winter tours, from November-February are scheduled Thursday-Monday at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The grounds at Rose Hill Plantation may be rented for weddings and other events. The park is located eight miles south of Union, SC.

About The State Park Service

The South Carolina State Park Service is a program of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, a state agency that serves as the leading marketing organization for South Carolina tourism. SCPRT also operates 47 state parks and administers federal and state grants for recreational development.

Introductory course on wildlife to be held Aug. 1

This story was submitted by Elizabeth Moses, Park Interpreter at Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site.

This story was submitted by Elizabeth Moses, Park Interpreter at Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site.