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Welcome to FRESPACE!

We are FRESPACE, that is FRiends of Edisto Beach State Park and the Edisto ACE Basin Environmental Learning Center (ELC). Founded in October 2002, we are a South Carolina corporation with tax exempt 501(c)(3) status.

Our purpose is to solicit volunteers and raise funds to support local educational and recreational projects for the public by enhancing the park systems, Environmental Learning Center, Ranger Station, and park grounds.

Critter of the Month

This is Turnip, one of our two Diamondback Terrapins here at the ELC. She was found here on Edisto Beach and is at least 30 years old. She is a gnarly carnivore who loves eating minnows and small mice, but nothing beats her favorite snack: shrimp! Her best friends are Evie, Juicy, and Rudy, some of the other turtles here. They love going for exercise outside, soaking up Vitamin D and playing in the dirt. Diamondback Terrapins are a vulnerable species, under threat of extinction in the wild because of human interference. Terrapins have been hunted for consumption in the past, but it is now unacceptable and illegal. Unfortunately, Turnip and her friends in the wild are known to get caught in crab traps. With no escape, the turtles eventually drown and perish. However, with the help of BRDs, which are easily backwards compatible into crab traps, turtles like Turnip are no longer trapped in crab traps. Next time you visit the ELC, be sure to say hi to Turnip!

FRESPACE Announcements

Environmental Learning Center Environmental Learning Center Event Events

Environmental Learning Center July Schedule

The Environmental Learning Center has posted their July 2021 schedule of events.  Lots of opportunities for learning more about Edisto...
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Environmental Learning Center Environmental Learning Center Event Events

Environmental Learning Center June Schedule

The Environmental Learning Center has posted their June 2021 schedule of events.  Lots of opportunities for learning more about Edisto...
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Edisto Beach State Park Event Sea Turtles Turtle Night Walks

Sea Turtle Night Walks Return June 8, 2021

The loggerhead sea turtle is a mysterious and beautiful visitor to our South Carolina coast. Our program explores the life...
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Edisto Beach State Park Hole Patrol Volunteering

Hole Patrol Volunteers Needed for June and July

A volunteer opportunity to help to keep a smooth and clean beach for our beach walkers and our sea turtles....
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Edisto Beach State Park Events Turtlefest Volunteering

Volunteers Needed for Turtle Fest 2021

Would you like to volunteer to help with the 2021 EBSP Turtle Fest on June 19, 2021? Volunteers are needed...
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