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A Message from the Director—Starting off on the right foot
It’s a brand new year, and with it come brand new ways to rediscover nature at your favorite state parks. In this issue, Phil talks about exciting events that’ll be happening in 2012 as well as the amazing power of a “walk in the woods.” Click here to read more.

Park Service Profile—Rusty Zahler
While serving as a high school volunteer at Lake Warren State Park, Rusty Zahler developed a passion for nature and never looked back. Now a Maintenance Supervisor at Sesquicentennial State Park, Rusty takes great pride in being part of the parks team. Click here for Rusty’s story.

A teeth chattering good time
On January 1st, join others as they take the plunge into frigid water at the 4th Annual Pelican Plunge at Hunting Island State Park. Money raised from this event goes to benefit the park’s “Discover Carolina” school programs. So click here and freeze your buns off for a great cause.

Put your best hiking foot forward
Be a part of First Day Hikes on January 1st at one of 15 participating State Parks. This national event is a fun, healthy way to rejuvenate after the holiday season. Take a ranger-lead stroll through our forests and rediscover the great outdoors. Click here to learn more.

Top 5—Hickory Knob State Resort Park
It’s time for this month’s Top 5 featuring Hickory Knob State Resort Park. Resting on the shores of Strom Thurmond Lake, this natural treasure is made for family fun. From golfing and hiking to skeet shooting and archery, there’s excitement for everyone. Click here for the Top 5 list.

New Year’s Eve Bash at Hickory Knob
Come ring in the New Year at Hickory Knob. Enjoy a champagne toast, live DJ, lavish breakfast and dinner buffets, and much more. Find out how to be a part of the celebration here.

Music on the Mountain at Table Rock
This January – and once each month – you can bask in the glory of pure Bluegrass music at The Lodge on Table Rock. Bring your acoustic instruments and enjoy refreshments at this true bluegrass jam session.

Fears that Fortified Charles Towne
Watch history come to life on January 21st as Charles Towne Landing’s living history team performs a cannon demonstration. This event is sure to blow you away! Click here to learn more.

Archaeology Newsletter
From Charles Towne Landing to Colonial Dorchester, the Archaeology Newsletter is your way to get all the latest updates on digs, events and more. Click here for information and to subscribe.
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