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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 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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COVID-19 Edisto Beach State Park

Edisto Beach State Park Day-Use Will Not Open May 1, 2020

Please be advised that Edisto Beach State Park will not be opening for day-use on May 1. The park will...
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