Join us April 8 for a day filled with adventure, excitement and fun during Forest Fest 2017 at the Clemson Experimental Forest!

April 8 will be a day filled with adventure, excitement and fun during Forest Fest 2017 at the Clemson Experimental Forest.
Image Credit: Russell Hardee / Clemson University

CLEMSON — The Clemson Experimental Forest will hold its annual Forest Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Lake Issaqueena Area of the Experimental Forest.

Activities and games are planned for adults and children, including guided hikes, nature walks, scavenger hunts, air rifle demonstrations, waterfall views, canoeing and kayaking, forestry activities and outdoor games. Some of the exciting new activities this year include an “all ages” mountain bike station, as well as a music and Nature program at the boat landing

This is the second year for the event. James Wilkins, education and resource coordinator for the South Carolina Botanical Garden, and Russell Hardee, Experimental Forest manager, coordinated it and said it is for anyone who wants to spend a day connecting with nature.

“This is a wonderful event for people to spend a day in our Experimental Forest,” Wilkins said. “Last year was our first year for the festival and so many people talked about how much they enjoyed it we decided to have it again this year.”

Forest Fest is free and open to anyone who wants to learn more about the Clemson Experimental Forest, Wilkins said. The format is one where people can come anytime and  “choose their own adventure,” he added.

“There will be lots to see and do,” Wilkins said. “People are welcome to come for just one activity or come for them all.”

Water and light snacks will be available for purchase and restrooms are available.

“People are welcome to bring their own picnic lunches and make a day of it,” Wilkins said.

The address is Issaqueena Lake Road off Old Six Mile Road behind Maw’s Xpress Mart near D.W. Daniel High School and Lawrence Chapel United Methodist Church. Note that traffic on Issaqueena Lake Road will be one way during the event. The Lawrence Bridge Road end of the road is for exit only.

Check out the Forest Fest Facebook page for updates.

For more information about this and other Botanical Garden events, go to