Myrtle Beach State Park still has a full plate’s worth of nature programs for the rest of November, in the nature center, and all free with park admission:
• “What Dwells in a Shell?” 2-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, in nature center. Learn to identify seashells found on the beach, and learn tidbits about bivalves, clams, shell-dwelling animals’ diets, and about the snail that drills holes in other shells.
• “Hermie the Hermit Crab,” for ages 4-8, 2-2:30 p.m. Fridays. See the trials and tribulations of hermit crabs while reading an interactive story, watching crabs eat, and decorating a crabby coloring sheet.
• “Batty over Bats!” 11-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. Gain a different perspective on these flying mammals.
• “Feeding Time,” 2-2:30 p.m. Saturdays. Observe animals’ consumption, such a snake dining on a mouse.
• “Garbage Monster Story Time,” for ages 4-8, 2-2:30 p.m. Sundays. Inspiration for youngsters to learn about the ease of recycling.
• “‘Sea’ What’s on the Menu,” 3:30-3:40 p.m. Sundays. See feeding of fish in saltwater tanks.
• Try a slackline, a tightrope-like contraption, outside the nature center, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 27-29, weather permitting.
The nature center (238-0874) is open 1-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, including Thanksgiving Day, when it will open early, at 10 a.m.
The park, on U.S. 17 Business, just south of Myrtle Beach city limits, is 6 a.m.-8 p.m. daily for winter, and admission is $5 for ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15, and free ages 5 and younger. Also, annual state park passes are $75 or $99.
More details at www.myrtlebeachsp.com and the park office at 238-5325.