Explore the Outdoors During the City's Park Ranger Program

Grab your family and friends and see how much fun learning can be! The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is hosting free ranger-guided walks, tours and workshops.


Spring Birding Walk | Saturday, March 17 | 1pm
(Meet atop the Canal Head gates at Riverfront Park North parking lot, 4122 River Drive)
As the seasons change from winter to spring, learn about the birds at our park and in your back yards at this time of year.  Spring is an exciting time of year for birding in the midlands because it’s when many species of neotropical songbirds travel through the state on their journey northward.  We’ll look around to find different species that are passing through the area, so bring binoculars and field guides if you have them.  

Meet a Ranger Series| Tuesdays: March 20 and 27 |6pm
(Meet at the Red Schoolhouse at Riverfront Park South area parking lot, 312 Laurel St.)
If you are new to the park or hesitant to venture out on your own, this is a perfect way for you to get familiar with our park and meet our new wonderful rangers!  These walks will give you a general overview of the park’s cultural and natural history and allow you a chance to ask the rangers questions about the parks we supervise.  Wear good walking shoes and bring a refillable water bottle.

One City, Two Canals & Three Rivers | Sunday, March 25 | 1pm
(Meet at Riverfront Park South beside the Red Schoolhouse, 312 Laurel Street)
Walk with us to learn how Columbia used our waterways in the past; hear about the evaluation of the Columbia Canal following 2015’s flood and discover details about pending construction of the Three Rivers Greenway along the beautiful Lower Saluda River.

Guests are encouraged to dress comfortably, bring binoculars and field guides as well as any essentials like water, sunscreen, insect repellent and sturdy walking footwear.

For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.



Parks & Recreation Department | 1111 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29203

P: 803-545-3100| F: 803-343-8744