Peachtree Rock in Peachtree Rock Preserve
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Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve Day

South Carolina

Celebrate Earth Day, get outside and connect the whole family with nature at our Preserve Day at Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve!

Just 30 minutes outside of downtown Columbia, this family-friendly preserve offers native pine forests, ancient sandstone fossils, the famed big and little Peachtree Rocks and the only natural waterfall on South Carolina’s coastal plain.

At Preserve Day, you can sign up for a guided hike (see registration below), find your own longleaf pine cone and make it into a bird feeder or colorful flower at our craft tables, embark on a scavenger hunt and explore the work of other community organizations. It’s fun for the the whole family!

John Nelson, Ph.D.
Curator of the Herbarium within the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina

John received his bachelor’s degree in biology from USC, where he was a student and protégé of Wade T. Batson. He received his master’s degree in botany at Clemson University, where a student under the direction of John E. Fairey III, and where his taxonomic interests focused on southeastern species of the genus Stachys in the mint family. He received his Ph.D. in biological sciences at Florida State University, as a student of Loran C. Anderson, where he studied the floral anatomy of Haplopappus, in the sunflower family. His academic training was followed by six years within the SC Heritage Program, as ecologist and then botanist. He assumed his position as the Curator of the USC Herbarium in 1990, and he teaches a plant taxonomy class. Nelson remains active in the study of Stachys, particularly the North American species. During his tenure as its curator, the herbarium has more than doubled in terms of accessioned collections. The Herbarium remains committed to public service through a formal offering of free plant identifications, and through a regular, weekly newspaper column called “Mystery Plant”, and he is very pleased to be regularly invited as the “Mystery Doctor with the Mystery Plant” in Clemson’s “Making it Grow!” SCETV series. He is an active plant collector within a variety of field projects within South Carolina.

David Bishop, Ph.D.
Midlands and coastal conservation director for The Nature Conservancy in South Carolina

David works with partners and private landowners on conservation projects from the sandhills to the coast. David started working for The Nature Conservancy in 2013. Previously, he worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Virginia, the U.S. Army in Colorado and The Lowcountry Institute in Beaufort. David holds a Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from Virginia Tech and lives with his wife and two daughters in Aiken.

Hikes are free, but registration is strongly encouraged.

Any unregistered spaces still open on Preserve Day will be filled first-come, first-served. You can also pre-purchase a boxed lunch. Vegetarian and vegan options available; lunches will be available at noon.