South Carolina's Lowcountry might be known for its mouthwatering shrimp, crab and oysters, but there's a lot more to this coastal area than seafood. One of the best places to learn about the rich heritage and natural history of the Lowcountry is at the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center in Awendaw.
The 9,000-square-foot facility also features hands-on interpretive displays on the Lowcountry's unique forest and coastal ecosystems, as well as native wildlife, including the endangered red wolf. Even cooler, the center is home to a live red wolf compound.
The viewing area can be found along the 1-mile Nebo Pond trail, a flat nature walk that meanders past several freshwater ponds through swamp bottomland and pine woods. Four of the endangered animals make their home in the compound. A male and female can be viewed in the front encosure at the wolf observation patform; the other pair are housed in a second enclosure that is more secluded.
Jointly operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service, the Sewee Center serves as the gateway to the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and Francis Marion National Forest.
A full schedule of educational programs and tours are offered throughout the year introducing visitors to the 325,000 acres of public land. Scheduled events include children's "hands-on" conservation programs, guided wildflower walks and guided kayak trips through blackwater and salt water creeks and bays. Among the most popular excursion is the Cape Romain Lighthouse Tour, the only guided trip to visit Lighthouse Island.
To learn more about the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center, visit the website or call (843) 928-3368.