The Robert Lunz Group

Representing Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Dorchester Counties in South Carolina

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Events and Outings-2014

PLEASE NOTE : Our participant donation for outings has been $2 for many years. Beginning in January, the suggested donation amounts are as follows: Day hike $5; Overnight trip $10; Students $3. These funds go to the Lunz Group (not the outings leader) to help with club expenses.This is a voluntary donation, not a fee, and goes toward supporting group activities and expenses.

We are trying to get a handle on our organizational activities CO2 footprint. Help us out by recording your driving mileage to and from a Sierra Club outing.

In order to participate in a Sierra Club outing, you will need to sign a liability waiver. Read the liability waiver prior to the outing at or call 415-977-5630. The waiver is also available on the day of the outing.

In the interest of facilitating the logistics of some outings, it is customary that participants make carpooling arrangements. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Carpooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among the participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel.

Membership Meeting 7 PM


(Baruch Auditorium on MUSC campus at 284 Calhoun St

Thursday June 5, 7:00pm

Mary Edna Fraser (MEF)

mEF batik print

Sierra Club and Piccolo Spoleto present Mary Edna Fraser

Master dyer Mary Edna Fraser's silk batiks feature aerial, underwater, and outerspace imagery. She has photographed expansive vistas for four decades. From 5-story sculptures to 14" wide silks, her iconic batiks offer a colorful and unique sense of place. One hundered solo exhibitions are to her credit with affiliates such as National Geographic and Smithsonian Institution. The common thread of her work is environmental awareness. Beginning with the bird's-eye viewpoint of her Grandfather's vintage 1946 Ercoupe plane, she has photographed and seen the bigger picture. Science has become more beautiful and accessible through the lens of Mary Edna Fraser's art.

Fraser's creekside studio in Charleston, South Carolina has hosted fundraisers for Sierra Club, Charleston Waterkeeper and Coastal Conservation League. Her art has supported the efforts of Water Missions International, The Nature Conservancy, and the Sierra Club. Her blog, Delete Apathy, is a venue for activism, from local to global.

MEF Photo


Sierra Club mission: Explore, enjoy and protect the Planet. South Carolina Environmental Law Project

In case you missed last April's Ports program, here is a link to the full presentation. The link has audio and the slides

In case you missed last February's program, here is a link to the full presentation. The link has audio and the slides

ThinkGlobally, Shop Locally, Consider Power and Water use Carefully!



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Robert Lunz Group and SC Chapter Events/Outings Portal

Georgia Sierra Club Outings List

Entire SE Region of US Events/Outings

Most Weekends - Cycling for Fitness.

Why crank out those endless boring miles on the stationary bike at the fitne center when you could be out in the fresh air and sunshine on a real bicycle? Rides include the Francis Marion National Forest, various wildlife refuges, the Kiawah beach, the pastoral countryside of Meggett, etc. Lengths vary from 14 to 24 miles, and are flexible enough to allow for different speeds and abilities. Lunch after. Call Bill Turner at 571-3503.

June 7 :  Edisto Beach State Park Hiking, Picnic, and Beach Outing

Join us for a day of fun in Edisto Beach State Park! We’ll start the day with a 3.4 mile flat hike on the Spanish Mount Trail to a shell mound dating back to 2000BC. After the hike, we’ll have a picnic lunch overlooking the marsh. Then we’ll head over to the beach to cool off with a quick dip in the water, and the chance to see some more wildlife. These beaches are nesting grounds for loggerhead turtles and migratory shore birds. So grab your bug spray, sun screen, walking shoes, and swim gear and come experience all that Edisto Beach State Park has to offer! We'll meet at the Park Ranger Fee Station at 9:30am. If you’re interested in carpooling from Charleston, call or email Jennifer Wilder for more information. When: Saturday, June 7 Time: Hike begins at 9:30 am, allow four hours for fun Fees: $5 per adult on park entry (note: this is a SC State Park, so a county park pass will not be valid) Difficulty rating: Easy Participant Prerequisites: able to walk 4 miles without difficulty Leader name: Jennifer Wilder, 202-445-9385, You can register on line here: :

June 14: A Morning of Birding at Caw Caw With Master Naturalist Kristina Wheeler

Join us for a naturalist-guided (3-5 mile) tour of this gem of a park located very near Charleston. Kristina Wheeler, a naturalist with Charleston County Parks, will help us explore the riches that this park has to offer, especially its abundant bird life. Caw Caw offers most of the Lowcountry habitats—cypress swamp, old rice dikes now serving as sanctuary for water fowl, tidal salt marsh, and maritime forest—all within a relatively compact area. This wide variety of habitat also makes for a wide variety of bird life, including endangered swallow-tailed kites (which nest on the property), Mississippi kites, wood storks, and prothonotary warblers, as well as a wide variety of wading birds. Birders routinely report seeing 50 species of birds here per outing in early summer.

Because this trip is about learning more about the flora and fauna of the Lowcountry, we will adopt a leisurely pace and stop often to look for wildlife. Bring binoculars, a hat, sunscreen, bug spray, and plenty of water for the hike. Pack a picnic if you would like to join us after the walk for lunch at the picnic tables near the parking lot. Wear sturdy shoes, ideally hiking boots, with good socks as we will be hiking through natural areas. Outing Level: Easy For more details, contact Kim McGhee by phone at 507-316-5266 or by email at

> Register on-line here:

June 15: Tour-De-Harbour

This is a trip around Charleston Harbor that begins and ends at Shem creek. Its a long trip in order to accommodate the tide cycle. We will ride the flood tide past Drum Island. Coast with the ebb tide all the way to Ft Sumter. The we will ride the flood tide back to Shem Creek. There is rough water near the Patriots Point Marina, in front of the Charleston Docks and off the SW end of Sullivan's Island. We cross the shipping channel two times (carefully). Because the trip extends until evening there is a chance for late afternoon thunderstorms to develop and delay completion of the trip. That said this trip offers history beauty and a great experience in the vibrant Charleston Harbor. This trip is for experienced kayakers. You will need about a gallon of water per person and a suitable lunch. There will be long stretches of rest and shorter fairly intense paddling of up to an hour at a time. Call Starr Hazard 881-8902 Register On-line here:

June 28: Kayak Trip to Bull Island

We will head out from Garris Landing and head to Bull Island. Depending on the weather forecast we will head for the North OR the South end of Bull Island. We will walk the beaches during the day and return with the flood tide. In order to catch the tides this will make a long day. Bring a Gallon of water per person and a suitable lunch Contact Starr Hazard 881-8902

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July 5:Hamlin Sound Kayak Exploring

The idea of this trip is to take an easy trip with the high tide flooding the creeks behind Sullivan's Island and Isle of Palms. The trip is in protected waters the entire time. It promises to be a lovely quiet trip We will cross the Intracoastal Waterway on the way out and back. That will be noisy and prone to wakes and noise. This is rated moderate because of potential for the trip to be on the water a longish time without places to rest and because of the transits of the waterway (Holiday traffic). We will enter and exit from Thomson Park on Sullivan's Island.

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July 12: Kayak Trip to Deveaux Bank

Rock Creek to Deveaux Bank. We will ONLY land in designated areas and not disturb the nesting birds. The trip does involve some open water and a longish distance but we travel to one of the best places on the central coast of South Carolina. Deveaux bank lies at the mouth of the North Edisto River and smack in the middle of the ACE basin's remarkable beauty and biological productivity. The trip offers some risk of later afternoon thunderstorms so there will be conditions where we shorten and or cancel the trip. But last year we saw dolphin strand feeding about 20 feet from where we were having lunch Contact Starr Hazard 881-8902

Register On-line here:

Urban Outing: Contra dancing every first and third Friday nights.

June 6 ,June 20 , July 18, August 1 2014

Dance to live bands and with wonderful people. Admission $8 for all dancers. Fees go to Charleston Folk to pay the bands and rent the hall. For all you new to Contra Dancing here are a couple of links to info about what Contra Dancing is and a bit about its history.

A Contra Dance Primer.

Call Starr Hazard 881-8902 or e-mail hazardes@bellsouth. net or see (the link below is correct;copy/ paste into your browser).

Outings Reports and Photos 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008

Conservation Activist Opportunities

August 2007

Check out Light Pollution project in our area.

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Updated by ESH May 28, 2014 1947 EDT