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Special Announcement

Other Exciting Opportunities in the Ashley Cooper Region:
Summer Camp! 

4-H2O "Exploring Lowcountry Waterways"

Ages 10-13
Residents of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties

 Water-based science camp giving youth the opportunity to explore the Lowcountry and learn about watershed stewardship

Registration required. Space limited.
Learn more and Register

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Rain Garden Workshop for Professionals

Monday, April 15, 2013
Lynches River County Park

 Hands-on rain garden installation workshop geared towards nursery professionals, engineers, site designers, etc. Workshop to cover rain garden design, construction, plant selection and more! 

Registration required. Space limited.
To learn more and register email

 Teacher Workshop 

From Seeds to Shoreline, Engaging Students in Shoreline Restoration

June 25, 2013 - Charleston 
June 26, 2013 - Bluffton 
June 27, 2013 - Murrells Inlet

 FREE teacher professional development workshops designed to educate about the salt marsh ecosystem and how they can incorporate the From Seeds to Shoreline project into the classrooms!

Registration Required.
Learn more

 Litter Cleanup
Downtown Marsh Cleanup
Thursday, March 27
4:30 to 6:30PM
Meet at Cooper Street City Parking Lot (parking lot for Ravenel Bridge pedestrians on peninsula side)
Sponsored by Keep Charleston Beautiful and the Surfrider Foundation.
Dress for mud! 
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Online Class:
Carolina Yards Guide to Environmentally Friendly Gardening  

Class Begins: Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Class Concludes:  Tuesday, May 14, 2013

  • Time: Access coursework at your own pace!
  • Location: Enjoy online training from the comfort of your own home!
  • Who: Gardeners of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties, space is limited to 60 people. 
  • Cost: Course Registration-$99 (includes presentations, videos, and discussion forums with fellow gardeners, and much more-see below)




To Learn More and To Register Click Here

Carolina Yards Online is a five week online course designed to help Carolina gardeners learn to grown and maintain an environmentally friendly garden that is aesthetically pleasing.
 Participants will receive
-One "Rain Garden Manual" 
-One "Rainwater Harvesting for Homeowners Manual" 
-One soil test
-One rain gauge
-One book, Bringing Nature Home by Dr. Douglas Tallamy to add to your home library
-Carolina Yard Certification (upon completion, certificate will be mailed to you)
Course Agenda


  • Week One: Maintaining Healthy Soils (Soil Testing, Composting and Mulching)
  • Week Two: Determine Right Plant for the Right Place (Garden Design, Native Vegetation, Invasive Species)
  • Week Three: How to Fertilize; Managing Yard Pests
  • Week Four: Smart Watering Techniques (Irrigation, Rain Gardens & Rainwater Harvesting) 
  • Week Five: How to Create a Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary
Along the way, you will earn "inches" on the Carolina YardStick by performing environmentally friendly gardening activities in your yard. If you earn enough "inches" you can obtain certification and can recognize your yard as a Carolina Yard! 
Coastal Carolina Fair-CYN exhibit 2010  

Find Out More and Register

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Carolina Yard Online Course 
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Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer 
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Thank You!

For Protecting South Carolina's Waterways 


The ACSEC is a regional partnership between counties, municipalities, universities, state and local agencies, non-profits and other organizations in the Tri-County region.  The ACSEC mission:

Improve water quality within the Ashley and Cooper River basins by providing educational opportunities on

stormwater impacts and our community roles in supporting healthy, fishable, and swimmable waterways

Have a workshop or event request, or just want to know more? Please contact us!
Water Resources Agent
Guinn Garrett
Water Resources Agent