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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 month’s Critter of the Month is Marsh, our resident American Alligator (Scientific name Alligator mississippiensis)! Marsh is approximately 3 years old and came to us through Alligator Adventure in Myrtle Beach as a hatchling. We have a special permit through the Department of Natural Resources that allows us to keep her for Educational Purposes until she reaches a length of 3 feet long. When she reaches that length, we will return her to Alligator Adventure where she will live the rest of its life with other alligator friends! We refer to Marsh as a female although you cannot tell whether an alligator is a male or female from outward appearance. We feed her mice and although Marsh is a captive alligator, she still hisses at us from time to time! Come say hi to Marsh the next time you visit the ELC!

FRESPACE Announcements

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Great American Cleanup: Keep Edisto Beautiful

Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 9:00 am.  Registration is available through the Keep Edisto Beautiful Facebook page!  You can also...
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Environmental Learning Center FRESPACE Membership

FRESPACE Memberships and ELC

The Edisto Beach State Park has advised us they will no longer accept payment for FRESPACE memberships at the ELC...
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Environmental Learning Center Sea Turtles

New Turtle Exhibit at the ELC

Have you seen the new Turtle Exhibit at the ELC? This display was made possible by the donations of FRESPACE...
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COVID-19 Edisto Beach State Park Environmental Learning Center Social Distancing

Summer Season for State Park and Social Distancing

Attention: FRESPACE Member: The busy summer season for the State Park is approaching. Due to social distancing guidelines, the park...
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COVID-19 Edisto Beach State Park Environmental Learning Center

Memorial Day, Park Capacity, and Social Distancing

Attention: FRESPACE Members: Memorial Day is fast approaching as well as the busy summer. Due to social distancing guidelines, the...
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