Coastal Carolina University will offer four noncredit nature and science courses in the upcoming weeks at its Conway campus and the Waccamaw Higher Education Center in Litchfield. For more information or to register call (843) 349-4001 for Conway classes and (843) 349-4032 for those at the Waccamaw Center or visit www.coastal.edu/outreach. The following courses are scheduled:
Birding at Hobcaw: Join Gary Phillips, avian researcher and birding columnist, on an early morning trek into the deep recesses of Hobcaw Barony's 17,500 acre research reserve for a look at spring nesting and migration. These tours will give novices and experienced birders an opportunity to learn about our permanent and migratory feathered residents. Wear long pants and sleeves; bring binoculars, water and bug spray. Fee: $25 each.
Waccamaw: Saturdays, April 22 to May 13, 7 to 11 a.m.
Spring Gardening: How does your garden grow? Not so well? Learn more about the plants that flourish in the Southern coastal ecosystem in this class on the "practical" side of gardening. A Master Gardener Sue Mushock-Myers brings 34 years of Southern gardening experience to the class. Fee: $45.
Waccamaw: Tuesdays, March 14 to April 18, 9 a.m. to noon.
Garden Club: Take the mystery out of gardening and become a successful grower. The club meets each week with a master gardener for a discussion of new and exciting topics of interest. Seed germination, propagation, container gardening, seasonal planting, growing herbs and spices, and rose gardens are just some of the topics to be discussed. In addition to learning new gardening techniques, the class will take field trips to local gardens and nurseries and swap plants. Instructor: Basem Hilal. Fee: $30.
Conway: Wednesdays, March 15 to May 3, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Dr. Doolittle Memorial Lecture: Talking to animals is easy; it's getting them to talk back that's the trick! This course will review remarkable new scientific research on the communication and intellectual abilities of animals that has resulted in a reevaluation of how closely humans are related to other members of the animal kingdom, especially primates (the great apes) and cetaceans (dolphins and whales). Instructor: Reid Johnson. Fee: $25.
Waccamaw: Tuesday, March 14, 1:30 to 4 p.m.