2017 Sierra Fest
Reserve your Spot!
What: 2017 Sierra Fest
When: Friday, September 29, 2017 through Sunday, October 1, 2017
Where: Hobcaw Barony, 22 Hobcaw Road, Georgetown, South Carolina 29440 (map)
SierraFest, the South Carolina Chapter’s Annual Fall Conservation Retreat, will be held at Hobcaw Barony, located in Georgetown, South Carolina. The event will be held on the weekend of September 29, 2017. Experience a weekend filled with fun, adventure, and learning, with your fellow Sierrans from all over South Carolina. Save the date now, this event is sure to fill up. So don't miss out on a chance to meet new friends and learn more about the challenges and rewards of working to preserve South Carolina's Special Places.
Hobcaw Barony is part of the Belle W. Baruch Foundation for the study of marine science research, conservation and education. Hobcaw Barony is located off Ocean Highway US 17, 1.5 miles north of Georgetown, South Carolina.
Hobcaw Barony’s 16,000 acres encompass a rich diversity of ecosystems found on the east coast. The Native Americans call it Hobcaw, meaning “land between the waters,” and it was part of the great rice empires until the turn of 20th century. Bernard Baruch and his daughter Belle invited luminaries to his plantation from all over the world to enjoy the beauty of the South Carolina lowcountry. At her death in 1964, Belle created a trust to preserve Hobcaw Barony as an outdoor laboratory for college level research and education in forestry, wildlife and marine science.
The retreat is a weekend filled with fun, adventure, learning and fellowship with fellow Sierrans from all over our state who care about our state and its environment. This weekend is not a weekend of boring meetings; most of the activities take place outdoors with tours of the plantation and kayak outings into local nearby salt marsh areas led by the Winyah Group's outings leaders.
The facilities and accommodations at Hobcaw Barony consist of three cottages and two dormitories. Cottages are fully equipped with two bedrooms each, two full-size bathrooms, a kitchen/dining area and living area. Parking is located in front of each cottage. All cottages have single and bunk beds. Each cottage will sleep seven people and has A/C and heat. There are front and back porches. The dorms are also fully equipped with two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, and two bedrooms and a bathroom downstairs. Each dorm will accommodate sixteen people and all bedrooms have bunk beds. There is also a full-size kitchen/dining area and a living area. Parking is in front of each dorm. The dorms also have A/C and heat. The Kimble Center will be our primary location for all workshops, meetings and meals. The center has all the tables and chairs to accommodate seventy attendees with a full-size kitchen and restrooms. Also, there is audio/video equipment available on site, and parking is located along side of the facility. The Pond Shelter is located near an old rice pond and this will be use for our social events Friday and Saturday nights. We will have music venues on both nights along with a silent auction on Friday night. The Discovery Center is the place to sign-up for a two hour bus tour of the plantation. The fee is $20 per person. We will also be offering birding and nature hikes, and kayaking outings into the salt marshes and much more.
Thank you for supporting the chapter. More weekend event details will be forthcoming. Please contact your group's SierraFest Coordinator or contact Kurt Henning, chapter coordinator at (803)265-8487 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
More information on the facilities at Hobcaw Barony, please go to the foundation's website.