Stay Connected to Nature

Bringing Nature to You!

The Anne Springs Close Greenway is pleased to be a respite from the world and a natural means of stress relief. We understand not everyone can take a walk in the woods so we are offering our guests a way to interact with us without ever leaving their backyard.

Visit this page often to access nature lessons, videos and other resources for children and adults alike. Our staff is excited to help you #getclosetonature without getting close to each other!

Lessons From the Greenway

Nature Art

Nature Art

Make your own nature spray art!

Garden Bags

Garden in a Bag

Learn how to grow plants in a bag!

Sinkorfloat

Sink or Float

Learn what nature items sink and float!

Butterfly Hands

Hand Print Butterfly

Fun craft for kids!

Metric Olympics

Metric Olympics

Compete in fun activities and practice your estimating and measurement skills!

Leaf Rubbings

Leaf Rubbings

A beautiful craft inspired by your own backyard!

Tic Tac Toe

Nature Tic-Tac-Toe

Find items from nature to play tic-tac-toe!

Videos

We are busy making entertaining videos for you! Check back regularly for new features!

Stay Connected to Nature: Beans in A Bag

Watch Mia show you how to create a mini garden at home with this Bean in A Bag project! Easy and fun for any age! #stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Monday, March 30, 2020

https://www.facebook.com/ASCGreenway/videos/308232993483071/

Stay Connected to Nature: Campfires

With nicer weather headed our way, it's a great time to learn how to build a campfire! Sara Lee, outdoor recreation director, has a few tips and tricks to help you build a s'more-worthy fire! #stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Beans in a Bag

Watch Mia show you how to create a mini garden at home with this Bean in A Bag project! Easy and fun for any age!

Owl Adaptations

Did you know an owl’s ears do not sit evenly on it's head? Find out why and learn more amazing owl facts from outdoor educators, Darlene and Chelsea.

Building a Campfire

With nicer weather headed our way, it's a great time to learn how to build a campfire! Sara Lee, outdoor education director, at the Greenway has a few tips and tricks to help you build a s'more-worthy fire!

Meet the Horses!

Savannah and Julianna will introduce you to some of the Greenway's horses. In addition to the private horses that are boarded on the Greenway, we have a number of working horses used for camps, lessons and guided trail rides! #stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Meet the Horses!

Savannah and Julianna will introduce you to some of the Greenway's horses. In addition to the private horses that are boarded on the Greenway, we have a number of working horses used for camps, lessons and guided trail rides!

Stay Connected to Nature: Bluebirds

Did you know a nest of eggs is called a clutch? Bluebirds typically lay 4-6 eggs in their clutch*. Take an up close look at a Bluebird nest with Sara, the Greenway's outdoor recreation director.#stayconnectedtonature*Source: National Audobon Society Podcast Partner, BirdNote

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Thursday, April 2, 2020

Bluebirds

Did you know a nest of eggs is called a clutch? Bluebirds typically lay 4-6 eggs in their clutch*. Take an up close look at Bluebird nest with Sara, the Greenway's outdoor recreation director.

Stay Connected to Nature: Poison Ivy

Mina MacDonald, signature events and volunteer coordinator at the Greenway, shows you how to distinguish this itchy vine from others in your yard!#stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Monday, April 6, 2020

Poison Ivy

Mina MacDonald, signature events and volunteer coordinator at the Greenway, shows you how to distinguish this itchy vine from others in your yard!

https://www.facebook.com/ASCGreenway/videos/925863791202030/

Nature Yoga

It's #worldhealthday! Get outside and join Darlene in some nature yoga. We could all use some cleansing breaths right about now, and this is a great way to forget about your worries and #getclosetonature. The kiddos love it and adults will benefit to! 

Stay Connected to Nature: Tic Tac Toe with Myrtle

Myrtle is a red earred slider that lives at our Nature Center. Like all animals not in the wild, Myrtle benefits from enrichment to keep her happy and healthy. Watch Chelsea play a game of tic tac toe with Myrtle! Who do you think will win?Check out the nature tic-toe-game at www.ascgreenway.org/learn/stay-connected for your own fun game!#stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Tic-Tac-Toe with Myrtle

Myrtle is a red earred slider that lives at our Nature Center. Like all animals not in the wild, Myrtle benefits from enrichment to keep her happy and healthy. Watch Chelsea play a game of tic-tac-toe with Myrtle! Who do you think will win?

Stay Connected to Nature: Grooming Demo

As our newest filly grows, she'll learn how to become a proper riding horse. One of those lessons will include how to be groomed. Watch Savannah and Julianna show you how they groom Grafitti.#StayConnectedtoNature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Grooming Demonstration

As our newest filly grows, she'll learn how to become a proper riding horse. One of those lessons will include how to be groomed. Watch Savannah and Julianna show you how they groom Grafitti.

Stay Connected to Nature: Backyard Camping

Feeling a little cooped up? The weather is perfect for backyard camping! Watch Natalie Senglaub, Greenway camp director, show you how easy it can be to set up your own backyard campsite!#stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Backyard Camping

Feeling a little cooped up? The weather is perfect for backyard camping! Watch Natalie Senglaub, Greenway camp director, show you how easy it can be to set up your own backyard campsite!

Stay Connected to Nature: Pipe Cleaner Bird Feeder

Mia shows you a simple way to create a bird feeder using cereal and pipe cleaners. #stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Saturday, April 11, 2020

Pipe Cleaner Bird Feeder

Mia shows you a simple way to create a bird feeder using cereal and pipe cleaners.

Stay Connected to Nature: Hidden Gems

Becca Cohler, trail technician for the Greenway, shows us some #hiddengems along the trails.#stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Monday, April 13, 2020

Hidden Gem of the Day

Becca Cohler, trail technician for the Greenway, shows us some  #hiddengems along the trails.

Stay Connected to Nature: Bridle Demo

Savannah shows you how to bridle a horse for easier control when leading and riding.

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Bridle Demonstration

Savannah shows you how to bridle a horse for easier control when leading and riding.

Stay Connected to Nature: Yoga with Lidia

It's #StressAwarenessDay. Stress can take a toll on your physical and mental health at any time, and during uncertain times such as these, it can be even worse. The Greenway has suspended its current yoga programming, but we’re delighted to have Lidia lead you through some simple stretching today to keep you grounded and a little less stressed. Namaste.🧘‍♀️#stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Yoga with Lidia

It's #StressAwarenessDay. Stress can take a toll on your physical and mental health at any time, and during uncertain times such as these, it can be even worse

Stay Connected to Nature: Hidden Gems #2

Becca Cohler is back with another #hiddengems segment! This time she shows you a special little place just off the beaten path.#stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Thursday, April 16, 2020

Hidden Gems: Campbell's Corner

Becca Cohler is back with another #hiddengems segment! This time she shows you a special little place just off the beaten path.#stayconnectedtonature

Stay Connected to Nature: Petting Zoo

It's #VolunteerAppreciation week! We're sharing some of the Greenway's volunteers who #stayconnectedtonature. Today we spotlight the Greenway's petting zoo and the volunteers who maintain it. Learn more about the animals in the petting zoo here >> https://bit.ly/ASCGPettingZoo

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Monday, April 20, 2020

Greenway Petting Zoo

It's #VolunteerAppreciation week! We're sharing some of the Greenway's volunteers who #stayconnectedtonature. Today we spotlight the Greenway's petting zoo and the volunteers who maintain it.

Stay Connected to Nature: PAR Garden

In partnership with the Master Gardeners of York County, the Greenway's Betsy McLean PAR Garden (Plant A Row for the Hungry) donates about 1,500+ pounds of produce each year to local food banks and community kitchens in the Fort Mill area. A small team of dedicated volunteers manage and maintain this garden and care for a small flock of chickens year-round. Today we spotlight Mary Diesen, Ed Jeffcoat, Pat Shoff, Susan Uhlott and volunteers from Indian Land High School who help so much throughout the year!#StayConnectedtoNature#VolunteerAppreciation

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Monday, April 20, 2020

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

In partnership with the Master Gardeners of York County, the Greenway's Betsy McLean PAR Garden (Plant A Row for the Hungry) donates about 1,500+ pounds of produce each year to local food banks and community kitchens in the Fort Mill area. A small team of dedicated volunteers manage and maintain this garden and care for a small flock of chickens year-round.

Stay Connected to Nature: Swinging Bridges

Did you know the Greenway is home to five swinging bridges? Today, Becca takes us on a tour of all of them!#hiddengems#stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Thursday, April 23, 2020

Hidden Gems: Swinging Bridges

Did you know the Greenway is home to five swinging bridges? Today, Becca takes us on a tour of all of them!

Stay Connected to Nature: Adventure Center Garden

Today we spotlight the enthusiastic #volunteers of the Adventure Center Garden. This group, in partnership with the Greenway Preschool, is prepping this area with new beds and fencing and sharing it all with our preschoolers. A special thank you to Anne Murray-Randolph, David McCullen (and neighbor Peter) and members of Gardening on The Cay for their dedication to this project and keeping the children involved.Thank you to Tega Hills Farm and Gardening on The Cay for the donation nutrient-rich soils.#stayconnectedtonature#volunteerappreciation

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Thursday, April 23, 2020

Adventure Center Garden

Today we spotlight the enthusiastic #volunteers of the Adventure Center Garden. This group, in partnership with the Greenway Preschool, is prepping this area with new beds and fencing and sharing it all with our preschoolers.

Stay Connected to Nature: Saddle Demo

You've seen how to groom and bridle a horse. Now watch Julianna demonstrate saddling your horse so you can be ready to ride!#stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Sunday, April 26, 2020

Saddle Demo

You've seen how to groom and bridle a horse. Now watch Julianna demonstrate saddling your horse so you can be ready to ride!

Stay Connected to Nature: Bees

Did you know the Nature Center has an indoor beehive? The Greenway recently received a new batch of bees to cultivate for this hive. Watch the process of moving the bees from their shipment crate to their temporary hive before they get their permanent home.#stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Monday, April 27, 2020

Bees

Did you know the Nature Center has an indoor beehive? The Greenway recently received a new batch of bees to cultivate for this hive. Watch the process of moving the bees from their shipment crate to their temporary hive before they get their permanent home.

Stay Connected to Nature: Snakes!

Becca and Josh show you some of the snakes you might find on Greenway.#stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Snakes!

Becca and Josh show you some of the snakes you might find on Greenway.

Stay Connected to Nature: Trail Etiquette

We love seeing everyone (socially distant) on the trails! Sara shares with us some great reminders about trail etiquette and which trails are appropriate for your chosen activity.#stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Thursday, April 30, 2020

Trail Etiquette

We love seeing everyone (socially distant) on the trails! Sara shares with us some great reminders about trail etiquette and which trails are appropriate for your chosen activity.

Stay Connected to Nature: Carolina Wren

A Carolina Wren has taken up residence at the Palmer House porch on the Greenway. Becca and Mina tell us a little more about the State Bird of South Carolina. Want to learn more about all the different birds on the Greenway? Check out the Anne Springs Close Greenway Birding Club!#stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Thursday, April 30, 2020

Carolina Wren

A Carolina Wren has taken up residence at the Palmer House porch on the Greenway. Becca and Mina tell us a little more about the State Bird of South Carolina.

Stay Connected to Nature: Warming Up a Horse

Once you've groomed, bridled and saddled your horse, you will want to make sure they are warmed up before you ride them strenuously. Just like humans, it's important for horses to stretch those muscles! Notice how Julianna's position on the horse changes ever so slightly as she moves from one gait to another.#stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Monday, May 4, 2020

Warming Up A Horse

Once you've groomed, bridled and saddled your horse, you will want to make sure they are warmed up before you ride them strenuously. Just like humans, it's important for horses to stretch those muscles! 

Stay Connected to Nature: The Ditch Witch

Our Natural Resources and Maintenance teams are some hardworking folks! They are all over the Greenway making sure our green spaces and 36 miles of trails are maintained and ready for our members and guests. When their machinery goes down or breaks in the woods, the only thing they can do is fix it….in the woods! Today, Josh and Becca show you what happens when a key piece of equipment malfunctions in the woods.#stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Monday, May 4, 2020

The Ditch Witch

Our Natural Resources and Maintenance teams are some hardworking folks! They are all over the Greenway making sure our green spaces and 36 miles of trails are maintained and ready for our members and guests. When their machinery goes down or breaks in the woods, the only thing they can do is fix it….in the woods!

Stay Connected to Nature: Garden Friends

Are you planting a flower bed or vegetable garden? Mina shows you some garden friends you'll want to have around to help move the soil and control pests naturally!#stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Garden Friends

Are you planting a flower bed or vegetable garden? Mina shows you some garden friends you'll want to have around to help move the soil and control pests naturally!

Stay Connected to Nature: Yoga with Lidia

It's #ThankATeacher day! While we can't be with her in person, we want to send out a big THANK YOU! to our yoga instructor, Lidia. She does a great job of keeping her students calm and grounded during our many yoga offerings on the Greenway. Take a moment today to practice with her via this segment of Stay Connected to Nature! #Namaste 🧘🏻‍♀️#stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Thursday, May 7, 2020

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Stay Connected to Nature: Jake & Cornelius

Meet Jake and Cornelius, two of our resident snakes at the Nature Center. Darlene and Chelsea explain why snakes are reptiles, what that means and identify some characteristics of these non-venomous snakes.#StayConnectedtoNature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Friday, May 8, 2020

Jake & Cornelius

Meet Jake and Cornelius, two of our resident snakes at the Nature Center. Darlene and Chelsea explain why snakes are reptiles, what that means and identify some characteristics of these non-venomous snakes.

Stay Connected to Nature: Baling Hay

Greenway Stables is a working farm which cares for 120+ horses (both Greenway owned and privately owned by boarders) as well as other animals on the grounds. Hay is needed to carry these animals through the winter when the grass is dormant and not as abundant. The Greenway will bale around 300 acres both on property and in other locations locally. The process of baling and putting up hay has already begun and will continue through the summer and fall. See how John Morris and Cory Chase manage the task of raking and baling hay.#stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Sunday, May 10, 2020

Baling Hay

Greenway Stables is a working farm which cares for 120+ horses (both Greenway owned and privately owned by boarders) as well as other animals on the grounds. Hay is needed to carry these animals through the winter when the grass is dormant and not as abundant. The Greenway will bale around 300 acres both on property and in other locations locally. The process of baling and putting up hay has already begun and will continue through the summer and fall. See how John Morris and Cory Chase manage the task of raking and baling hay.

Stay Connected to Nature: Jumping

Not only is Greenway Stables a working barn, it also offers riding lessons in both English and Western disciplines for riders of all ages and levels. Today, Julianna shows us the proper way to jump a horse. #stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Monday, May 11, 2020

Jumping

Not only is Greenway Stables a working barn, it also offers riding lessons in both English and Western disciplines for riders of all ages and levels. Today, Julianna shows us the proper way to jump a horse.

Stay Connected to Nature: Hidden Gems - Garrison-Webb Grist Mill

Have you found the Garrison-Webb Grist Mill out on the trails? Today, Becca and Josh tell us where to find it and share a little bit about how a mill of its time would have worked. There's a great surprise at the end!#stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Hidden Gems: Garrison-Webb Grist Mill

Have you found the Garrison-Webb Grist Mill out on the trails? Today, Becca and Josh tell us where to find it and share a little bit about how a mill of its time would have worked. There's a great surprise at the end!

Stay Connected to Nature: #GetYourSelfieOutside

The days are too beautiful to be inside! Becca shows us a great way to take just a minute to be mindful of all the nature around us whether you're on the Greenway or in your own backyard. #GetYourSelfieOutside🍃#stayconnectedtonature

Posted by Anne Springs Close Greenway on Thursday, May 14, 2020

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