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Canoeing Through Goodale State Park

Making It Grow Radio Minute
SC Public Radio

When I took field botany with John Nelson, he marched us right into the lake at Sesquicentennial State Park. Apparently, back in the days of Dr. Batson, students would literally be up to their neck in water; at my diminished height I might have been treading water by then. So, you might be surprised to hear that I instigated a water botany field trip with John again. This time we went to the somewhat hidden gem of Goodale State Park in Camden. The outstanding park rangers helped us with canoes (you can also rent kayaks) and we explored the mini ecosystems on the swollen bases of the pond cypress growing near the shore. We did need hornet -wasp spray – paper wasps had built their nests on nearly every single “island.” Trying to get away from wasps while in a boat seemed dicey at best.

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.