Being Stewards of Local Parks

Being in the great outdoors and absorbing all nature has to offer is one of the best ways to spend a day. And yet, equally important as enjoying nature is protecting it. Whether you’re in a park or strolling through your neighborhood, you can minimize your impact and ensure you aren’t disturbing animals or plants unnecessarily.

Charleston County Parks partners with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, promoting stewardship of public lands. The Center teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly and is widely used on public lands, particularly national parks. Here at the Charleston Parks Conservancy, we want people to enjoy Charleston 120 parks in a responsible manner. We’re working to improve the parks, adding plants, building playgrounds, picking up trash and making them usable and beautiful for everyone.

Some of Leave No Trace’s core principles directly apply to visitors to Charleston’s parks:
– Dispose of waste properly.
– Leave what you find.
– Respect wildlife. We don’t have too much more than birds and squirrels hanging out regularly in the parks, but remember, they belong there too.
– Be considerate of other visitors.
– Play and have fun and – just keep it nice for the next time.

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