‘Park Palooza’ across Myrtle Beach state park

SATURDAY | 04.04

Myrtle Beach State Park celebrates its annual “Park Palooza” on the first Saturday every April, this year with 18 programs across the park, 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Most programs are free with park admission – $5 for ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15, and free ages 5 and younger – unless noted otherwise:

• “Finding Your Way – Introductory Orienteering,” 10-10:45 a.m.

• “What Wildlife Will a-PIER?” and “Plant Your Own Seed” (to take home, while supplies last), each anytime 10-11:40 a.m.

• “Backyard Bird ID,” 10-10:30 a.m.

• “Whales,” with N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, 11 a.m.-noon, including an inflatable, life-size right whale calf, 11 a.m.-noon. (Also, the aquarium, on U.S. 421, just south of Kure Beach. is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, for $10.95 ages 13-61, $9.95 seniors and military, $8.95 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger. 910-458-7468 or



• “Marble Art,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m., for $2 –exact change appreciated – while supplies last.

• Grand Strand Shell Club, with members on hand, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Also, club meets 7 p.m. second Thursdays from September through June at Tupelo Bay Golf Center clubhouse, 1800 U.S. 17 Business S., Garden City Beach, just south of Bi-Lo at the Beach in Surfside Beach. Details at 397-4890, or email





• “Bats,” 11-11:40 a.m.

• “Leave No Trace Workshop,” noon-12:40 p.m.

• “Campfires Made Easy,” noon-12:45 p.m.

• “Family Camping Made Easy,” with Bass Pro Shops, noon-12:30 p.m. and 1-1:30 p.m. (also, raffle drawing at 3 p.m. for more than $200 value in camping equipment (tickets $5 each; must be present to win).

• “Slackline with a Ranger,” anytime 12:15-12:40 p.m. (Also, slackline open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for folks to try on their own.)

• “Sharks,” “May the Forest Be with You!” and “Owlology,” each 1-1:40 p.m.

• “Outdoor Cooking For Dummies!” 2-2:45 p.m., for $2 – exact change appreciated.

• “Snakes and Lizards,” 2-2:45 p.m.

• “Gator Gossip,” 2-2:30 p.m., for ages 5-9.

• “Orvis Fly Fishing!” 2-2:45 p.m., with one attendee walking home with a new rod and reel.

The park is on U.S. 17 Business, one mile south of Ocean Boulevard/Farrow Parkway, and open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Details at 238-0874, from the park office at 238-5325 or www.myrtlebeachsp.com.