LTGM 2021

Love the Greenway Month is a time to celebrate the splendor of the 2,100-acre Anne Springs Close Greenway, which is one of the most precious natural resources in the region. Above all, it's a time to Get Your Selfie Outside - pulling yourself away from your daily routine and enjoy the benefits of getting outside in the fresh air and connecting with nature.

A Message from Ms. Anne Close

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Earth Day Weekend Celebration

Free for Greenway members; $5 parking per car for non-members.

Celebrate Earth Day at the Anne Springs Close Greenway with exciting outdoor activities happening all weekend including lead-line horse rides, fishing clinics, kayaking, guided hikes, reptile encounters, historic cabin tours and more. All entrances will be monitored for capacity and strictly enforced to ensure social distancing and COVID-safe practices.

Click boxes for more information about each event.

Friday, April 16th

12pm: Ask A Master Gardener | Dairy Barn Entrance

Location: Betsy McLean Plant A Row for the Hungry (PAR) Garden

Drop-in: 12pm-4pm

Come chat with some of our Master Gardeners of York County volunteers. Ask questions about your own gardening or find out more about volunteering in the PAR Garden. Open to all levels and interests.

6pm: Recycled Art Show | Lake Haigler Entrance
6pm: Sunset Sessions | Lake Haigler Entrance

Location: Gateway Canteen & Domtar Forest Porch

Music plays from 6pm-9pm.

Join us for good food and good music at the Gateway Canteen's Sunset Sessions.  Kick back, relax and welcome the weekend as the sun dips behind the trees.  The Canteen will serve a full menu including beer and wine.  No outside food or beverages allowed.

Artist: Thomas Anthony

Saturday, April 17th

All Day: Recycled Art Show | Lake Haigler Entrance
9:00am: Ask A Master Gardener | Dairy Barn Entrance

Location: Betsey McLean Plant A Row for the Hungry (PAR) Garden

Drop-In from 9am-5pm

Stop by the Betsy McLean Plant A Row for the Hungry (PAR) Garden to chat with some of our Master Gardeners of York County volunteers. Ask questions about your own gardening or find out more about volunteering in the PAR Garden. Open to all levels and interests.

9:00am: The ABCs of SC Native Plants | Dairy Barn Entrance

Location: Comporium Amphitheater

The ABCs of SC Native Plants

Presenter: Barbara Allbritton-Grant, Ed. D.
Active York County Master Gardener since 1989 and previous instructor at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Barbara fell in love with gardening about 50 years ago and has been planting flowers and pulling weeds ever since. She will share some of the native plants in SC that can be incorporated into one's landscape. Her talk will focus on:

Annuals and Perennials
Bit of Lore
Conditions preferred
Insects that love them
Precautions to take and more!

9am: Kayaking on Lake Haigler (Pre-registration required) | Lake Haigler Entrance

Location: Kayak Launch on Lake Haigler

This is a pre-register event from 9am-11am. Kayak options are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Enjoy a quiet morning or afternoon paddling the still waters of Lake Haigler. Reservations are currently required and must be made online. No transactions will be processed onsite. Personal floatation devices will be provided.

Reserve a kayak here

*If your preferred time is full, please click "Other Times" on the right of the registration page for more options.

9am: Stream Clean & Litter Patrol | Blue Star Entrance (Pre-registration required)

Location: Blue Star Entrance Parking Lot

This is a pre-register event from 9am-12pm. Please click the link below to reserve your space.

Anne Springs Close Greenway and the Town of Fort Mill Stormwater Department are hosting an Adopt-A-Stream cleanup along Steele Creek and roads that pass over the creek! By clearing out trash and recyclables, we are improving the water quality, protecting wildlife, and enhancing recreational areas! Join us in celebration of Earth Day and service by keeping our local waterways healthy and beautiful for all to enjoy! This is a family-friendly service opportunity and youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Sign Up to Volunteer

9am: Stream Clean & Litter Patrol | Blue Star Entrance (Pre-registration required)

Location: Blue Star Entrance Parking Lot

This is a pre-register event from 9am-12pm. Please click the link below to reserve your space.

Anne Springs Close Greenway and the Town of Fort Mill Stormwater Department are hosting an Adopt-A-Stream cleanup along Steele Creek and roads that pass over the creek! By clearing out trash and recyclables, we are improving the water quality, protecting wildlife, and enhancing recreational areas! Join us in celebration of Earth Day and service by keeping our local waterways healthy and beautiful for all to enjoy! This is a family-friendly service opportunity and youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Sign Up to Volunteer

9:30am: Horse Grooming Demo | Greenway Stables

Location: Meet at the hitching post behind Gibson House

Come learn about horse grooming and maybe get a chance to pet and brush a horse!

9:30am: English/Jumping Demo | Greenway Stables

Location: Outdoor Arena

Come check out a fun exhibition on English riding and jumping!

10am: Ask A Ranger | Adventure Road Entrance

This is a drop-in event from 10am-1pm.

Ever wondered what our trails and Greenway rangers get up to on 2100 acres? How does the Greenway maintain 36 miles of trails? These questions and more can be answered at our Ask a Ranger drop-in! Come by the Adventure Road Entrance and meet Becca Cohler, our Natural Resources Coordinator and one of our rangers.

10am: Fishing Clinic | Adventure Road Entrance

Location: Lake Crandall

This is a drop-in event from 10am-11am.

Join us for a Fishing Clinic on the dock at Lake Crandall, near the Outdoor Classroom! We'll provide the bait and rods and show you how to bait the hooks, cast the line and reel in your fish! Rods available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To get to the dock, park in the main Adventure Road Parking lot and take the gravel road that runs between that parking lot and the main gravel road.

10am: Fairy House & Gnome Home Building | Lake Haigler Entrance

Location: Williams Nature Center

Time: 10am - 11:30am

Bring the family and learn how to make a special home in the woods for the fairies and gnomes! Supplies are provided to make a temporary fairy house or gnome home in the woods surrounding the Williams Nature Center, and we'll learn about the forest habitats and homes of some of our local woodland critters.

10am: Canoes @ Crandall | Adventure Road Entrance

Location: Lake Crandall

This is a drop-in event from 10am-2pm.

Boy Scout Troop 108  will offer first-come, first-serve canoeing on Lake Crandall. Personal flotation devices will be provided.

10:30am: "A Herb, Mint or Sage for Every Garden" & "The Garden of Shulamite" | Dairy Barn Entrance

Presenter: Randall P. Collins

Randall will discuss the versatility and importance of herbs in gardening and dive into imagery and symbolism of plants found in the Bible's Song of Solomon. By walking with the author through the garden and imagining each love scene as it is described, the reader will, no doubt, gain a heightened appreciation for the ancient flora of the Bible.

About the presenter:

Randall hails from Central Indiana and, after college, worked for IBM and as a small-business financial consultant. Randall and his late wife had three children, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He currently enjoys retirement and family life with his second wife. He is a certified master gardener and a member, emeritus, of the Aiken County Master Gardener Association, the South Carolina Native Plant Society, the Xerces Society, the Georgia Perennial Plant Association, and the American Horticultural Society. He is the author of Stop…and Smell the Mints, a delightful blend of memoir and horticulture, released in 2019 and his most recent book The Garden of the Shulamite, released in early 2021.

11am: Kayaking on Lake Haigler (Pre-registration required) | Lake Haigler Entrance

Location: Kayak Launch on Lake Haigler

This is a pre-register event from 11am-1pm. Kayak options are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Enjoy a quiet morning or afternoon paddling the still waters of Lake Haigler. Reservations are currently required and must be made online. No transactions will be processed onsite. Personal floatation devices will be provided.

Reserve a kayak here

*If your preferred time is full, please click "Other Times" on the right of the registration page for more options.

11am: Reptile Encounters | Lake Haigler Entrance

Location: Williams Nature Center

This is a drop-in event from 11am-12pm.

Want to meet one of our resident reptile friends? Now's your chance! Stop by and meet our animal ambassadors and ask questions. Please note this is an outdoor event as the Nature Center will is currently closed. Masks and social distancing requested.

11am: Donkey Meet & Greets | Dairy Barn Entrance

Location: Donkey Pasture

This is a drop-in event from 11am-1pm.

Visit the Donkey Pasture just up from the swinging bridge on the Dairy Barn side to meet our donkeys and the volunteers who care for them. Come ask questions, learn a bit about the donkeys and perhaps get a chance to brush or pet them! This event is weather-dependent.

Thank you for doing your part to keep others safe. Masks and social distancing are required.

Saturday, April 17th

12pm: Campfire Cooking | Adventure Road Entrance

Location: Outdoor Classroom near Lake Crandall

This is a drop-in event from 12pm-1pm.

Join us as we make some delicious campfire snacks! Participants can choose from a variety of snacks to cook over our roaring campfire! First-come, first-serve basis. Limited supplies. One food choice per person.

12pm: Family-Friendly Hike | Dairy Barn Entrance

Location: Dairy Barn Map Kiosk

Bring your whole family out for this hand-on, interactive hike. Families will each receive a scavenger hunt card they can fill out as we explore the trails. Be prepared to use all your senses as we observe the world around us through touching different trees, smelling different plants, hearing different birds and finding all sorts of other fun things.

This hike is for the whole family but, due to uneven ground, we do not recommend strollers. We will cover about 1 mile and take about 1 hour.

12pm: Falconry Presentation | Dairy Barn Entrance

Location: Comporium Amphitheater

Master Falconers Ted Bell and Daren McGrew (and their raptors!) will teach us all about the unique sport of falconry. These Master Falconers have been hunting with birds of prey for over 15 years. They have trapped, trained and hunted with a variety of birds including red-tailed hawks, goshawks, peregrine falcons, aplomado falcons, prairie falcons and American kestrels. Join us as they share their stories, knowledge and birds with us for a thrilling presentation.

1pm: Archery - Try it out! | Adventure Road Entrance

Location: Archery Range

This is a drop-in event from 1pm-3pm.

Stop by the archery range and try your hand at archery! Staff and volunteers will be on-site to introduce you to range safety, whistle commands and body positioning, and of course, to show you how to shoot a bow and arrow!

1pm: Kayaking on Lake Haigler (Pre-registration required) | Lake Haigler Entrance

Location: Kayak Launch on Lake Haigler

This is a pre-register event from 1pm-6pm. Kayak options are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Enjoy a quiet morning or afternoon paddling the still waters of Lake Haigler. Reservations are currently required and must be made online. No transactions will be processed onsite. Personal floatation devices will be provided.

1:30pm: Container Gardening | Dairy Barn Entrance

Presenter: Jennifer Parisio

You don't need a lot of space to cultivate a garden!  Grab some containers, a bag of soil and your favorite veggie plants!  Jennifer Parisio will share secrets on how to create a bountiful harvest on your patio.

2pm: Birthday Party Open House | Greenway Stables Entrance

Location: Greenway Stable's Hangar

Interested in learning more about hosting a birthday party at the Greenway Stables? Come join us for a birthday party open house! You can see our setup, play some of our fun games and learn more about having a fun, kid-approved party at the Greenway!

2pm: Guided History Hike | Dairy Barn Entrance

Location: Dairy Barn Map Kiosk

Join us to learn about the Greenway’s fascinating history! We will start by looking at the Dairy Barn, and then visit the Graham and Coltharp cabins and hike parts of the Nation Ford Road. We will discuss the history of the Greenway and the Fort Mill area.

2:15pm: Meet the Petting Zoo | Greenway Stables

Location: Petting Zoo

Come check out our farm animals at the Greenway Stables! The petting zoo is home to goats, miniature horses, a zebu cow and two pigs. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the animals.

3pm: Earth Day Campout | Lake Haigler Entrance (Pre-registration required)

Location: Greenway Gateway Lawn

This is an over-night, ticketed event from 3pm Saturday - 10am Sunday.

Ready to get outside and enjoy nature? Come hang out under the stars with us at our first camp out of 2021! We'll be camping out near the Greenway Gateway in the field around our riding ring. Registered campers will be able to kayak at Lake Haigler on a first-come, first-serve basis. Campers can bring their own fishing supplies and try their luck from the Scoville dock. Enjoy a night hike led by our staff or enjoy some live music at the Greenway Gateway. Fire pits will be shared in the area, so you can either bring your own dinner to cook or purchase dinner from the Gateway Canteen. All registered campers will receive a s'mores kit (stick included).

Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members, Free for 3 & under

Register Here

4pm: Reptile Encounters | Lake Haigler Entrance

Location: Williams Nature Center

This is a drop-in event from 4pm-5pm.

Want to meet one of our resident reptile friends? Now's your chance! Stop by and meet our animal ambassadors and ask questions. Please note this is an outdoor event as the Nature Center will is currently closed. Masks and social distancing requested.

6pm: Sunset Sessions| Lake Haigler Entrance

Location: Gateway Canteen & Domtar Forest Porch

Music plays from 6pm-9pm.

Join us for good food and good music at the Gateway Canteen's Sunset Sessions.  Kick back, relax and welcome the weekend as the sun dips behind the trees.  The Canteen will serve a full menu including beer and wine.  No outside food or beverages allowed.

Artist: Jon Linker

Sunday, April 18th

All Day: Recycled Art Show | Lake Haigler Entrance
9am: Kayaking on Lake Haigler (Pre-registration required) | Lake Haigler Entrance

Location: Kayak Launch on Lake Haigler

This is a pre-register event from 9am-12pm. Kayak options are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Enjoy a quiet morning or afternoon paddling the still waters of Lake Haigler. Reservations are currently required and must be made online. No transactions will be processed onsite. Personal floatation devices will be provided.

Reserve A Kayak Here

*If your preferred time is full, please click "Other Times" on the right of the registration page for more options.

9:30am: Horse Grooming Demo | Greenway Stables

Location: Meet at hitching post behind Gibson House.

Come learn about horse grooming and maybe get a chance to pet and brush a horse!

9:30am: Western + Rodeo Demo | Greenway Stables

Location: Outdoor Arena

Come check out a fun exhibition of Western-style riding! You'll get a taste of the rodeo with this one!

10am: Fishing Clinic | Lake Haigler Entrance

Location: Scoville Dock

This is a drop-in event from 10am-11am.

Join us for a Fishing Clinic on Scoville Dock at Lake Haigler We'll provide the bait and rods and show you how to bait the hooks, cast the line and reel in your fish! Rods available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

10am: Sunday Brunch | Lake Haigler Entrance

Location: Gateway Canteen & Domtar Forest Porch

Brunch is served from 10am-2pm.

Join us on Sundays for Brunch at the Gateway Canteen!  Enjoy a variety of sweet and savory items on the buffet in addition to a number of platters, a carving station and cook-to-order egg and omelet station!

Cost: $18.95 per person ages 12+ | $9.95 per child ages 3-11

11am: Kayaking on Lake Haigler (Pre-registration required) | Lake Haigler Entrance

Location: Kayak Launch on Lake Haigler

This is a pre-register event from 11am-1pm. Kayak options are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Enjoy a quiet morning or afternoon paddling the still waters of Lake Haigler. Reservations are currently required and must be made online. No transactions will be processed onsite. Personal floatation devices will be provided.

Reserve A Kayak Here

*If your preferred time is full, please click "Other Times" on the right of the registration page for more options.

11am: Reptile Encounters | Lake Haigler Entrance

Location: Williams Nature Center

This is a drop-in event from 11am-12pm.

Want to meet one of our resident reptile friends? Now's your chance! Stop by and meet our animal ambassadors and ask questions. Please note this is an outdoor event as the Nature Center will is currently closed. Masks and social distancing requested.

11:30am: Border Collies | Dairy Barn Entrance

Location: Pasture behind the Founders Dairy Barn

Join Dwight Parker and his impressive dogs as they put sheep through their paces!

12pm: Campfire Cooking | Adventure Road Entrance

Location: Outdoor Classroom near Lake Crandall

This is a drop-in event from 12pm-1pm.

Join us as we make some delicious campfire snacks! Participants can choose from a variety of snacks to cook over our roaring campfire! First-come, first-serve basis. Limited supplies. One food choice per person.

1pm: Ask A Master Gardener | Dairy Barn Entrance

Location: Betsy McLean Plant A Row for the Hungry (PAR) Garden

Drop-in: 1pm-3pm

Come chat with some of our Master Gardeners of York County volunteers. Ask questions about your own gardening or find out more about volunteering in the PAR Garden. Open to all levels and interests.

1pm: Border Collies | Dairy Barn Entrance

Location: Pasture behind the Founders Dairy Barn

Join Dwight Parker and his impressive dogs as they put sheep through their paces!

1pm: Kayaking on Lake Haigler (Pre-registration required) | Lake Haigler Entrance

Location: Kayak Launch on Lake Haigler

This is a pre-register event from 1pm-3pm. Kayak options are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Enjoy a quiet morning or afternoon paddling the still waters of Lake Haigler. Reservations are currently required and must be made online. No transactions will be processed onsite. Personal floatation devices will be provided.

Reserve A Kayak Here

*If your preferred time is full, please click "Other Times" on the right of the registration page for more options.

2pm: Archery - Try it out! | Adventure Road Entrance

Location: Archery Range

This is a drop-in event from 2pm-4pm.

Stop by the archery range and try your hand at archery! Staff and volunteers will be on-site to introduce you to range safety, whistle commands and body positioning, and of course, to show you how to shoot a bow and arrow!

2pm: Birthday Party Open House | Greenway Stables

Location: Greenway Stables Hangar

Interested in learning more about hosting a birthday party at the Greenway Stables? Come join us for a birthday party open house! You can see our setup, play some of our fun games and learn more about having a fun, kid-approved party at the Greenway!

2pm: Border Collies | Dairy Barn Entrance

Location: Pasture behind the Founders Dairy Barn

Join Dwight Parker and his impressive dogs as they put sheep through their paces!

2pm: Guided History Hike | Dairy Barn Entrance

Location: Dairy Barn Map Kiosk

Join us to learn about the Greenway’s fascinating history! We will start by looking at the Dairy Barn, and then visit the Graham and Coltharp cabins and hike parts of the Nation Ford Road. We will discuss the history of the Greenway and the Fort Mill area.

2pm: Reptile Encounters | Lake Haigler Entrance

Location: Williams Nature Center

This is a drop-in event from 2pm-3pm.

Want to meet one of our resident reptile friends? Now's your chance! Stop by and meet our animal ambassadors and ask questions. Please note this is an outdoor event as the Nature Center will is currently closed. Masks and social distancing requested.

2:15pm: Meet the Petting Zoo | Greenway Stables

Location: Petting Zoo

Come check out our farm animals at the Greenway Stables! The petting zoo is home to goats, miniature horses, a zebu cow and two pigs. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the animals.

3pm: Kayaking on Lake Haigler (Pre-registration required) | Lake Haigler Entrance

Location: Kayak Launch on Lake Haigler

This is a pre-register event from 3pm-5pm. Kayak options are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Enjoy a quiet morning or afternoon paddling the still waters of Lake Haigler. Reservations are currently required and must be made online. No transactions will be processed onsite. Personal floatation devices will be provided.

Reserve A Kayak Here

*If your preferred time is full, please click "Other Times" on the right of the registration page for more options.

Choose Your Own Adventure

We've compiled a list of ways to check out the Greenway and all it has to offer. Pick up a Choose Your Own Adventure passport at any of our welcome stations or the Greenway Gateway or download for easy access on your phone!

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Family hiking in the woods with little girl smiling

Get Your Selfie Outside Challenge

Take the Get Your Selfie Outside® Challenge and see how much time you can spend outside this April. Make plans to spend more time OUTSIDE than IN by setting up your own giving page and sharing updates of your progress using #GYSOChallenge2021. 

GET STARTED TODAY!

UsynligO

Download the free UnsynligO orienteering app from your smartphone and explore various Greenway trails and points of interest. Choose from three different routes ranging in mileage.

LEARN MORE HERE

$25 for 25 Years for the Greenway

Help us reach $100k by Earth Day! Take the $25 for 25 years challenge and make a $25 gift (or more) to make a lasting impact on the Greenway as we complete our 25th anniversary year!

MAKE A DONATION

Hiking Challenge

See nearly all 2,100 acres of the Greenway with our Trail Passport!  Complete all 36-miles of trail for bragging rights and a certificate signed by Anne Springs Close!

TAKE THE CHALLENGE

Thank You To Our Presenting Partner