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 October 2, 7:00pm-8:30

Embryonic Origins of Adult Disease & Health - the 'New' Science of Environmental Health

Wildlife, domesticated and laboratory animals have been used to predict detrimental human health effects from environmental variables for decades. There is growing concern, however, that exposure to low levels of ‘endocrine-active’ contaminants early in embryonic development coupled with altered climate can lead to altered health, and disease. Although each species is unique, molecular, cellular and physiological systems are conserved allowing insight into the process of human health from ‘wildlife sentinel species’. This talk will focus on what we have learned over the last 25 years concerning the role of environmental contaminants and health.

Louis J. Guillette Jr., Ph.D.

Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology;

CoEE Endowed Chair of Marine Genomics;

Director, Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences

Medical University of South Carolina

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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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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.

Sept 13:Kayak Trip to Wambaw Creek

To Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Rentals Available.

Join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act by paddling Wambaw Creek, part of the Wambaw Swamp Wilderness (4,815 acres). Come experience a truly wild place, where huge tupelo and cypress, some of them hundreds of years old, grace the creekside. Beginners welcome and rentals available.

Directions If you wish to carpool (as we encourage you to do), meet at the Wando Crossing Walmart (1481 N Highway 17 Mount Pleasant, SC 29464) at 9:00 for a prompt 9:15 departure. We will travel from there and reach the McClellanville Palmetto Store at 10086 North Highway 17 by 10:00 to meet Nature Adventure Outfitters, who will be guiding the trip, providing rentals, and directing us to the launch site. EVERYONE going on the trip should meet here no later than 10 a.m.

Rentals: Canoe or single/tandem kayak rentals are available from Nature Adventure Outfitters for $35; those with their own boat can participate for $20. Rentals include PFDs with whistle and paddle as well as transport to and from the site (the boat will be waiting for you at the launch site).

What to Bring:Water, a hat, a snack or lunch, sunscreen, bug spray. All boaters must wear a PFD zipped up at all times.

For more information, contact Kim McGhee at or 507-316-5266 or join the facebook event here.

Saturday, Sept. 20: River Sweep and Edisto River Paddle

Join the Robert Lunz Group us for the 26th Annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep! Volunteers will be cleaning up 2 boat landings along the Edisto River in Dorchester and Colleton Counties. Trash bags and water will be provided. Bring gloves and sturdy shoes (no sandals please!) After cleaning up both landings, we'll take a short paddle trip down the Edisto River. BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat!)

If you plan on paddling, please bring appropriate gear, including sunscreen, bug spray, snacks, and your own lunch. The pace will be moderate but not strenuous. There is always the chance for an afternoon thunderstorm, so be prepared to get wet. All paddlers are required to wear life jackets and bring an efficient sound-producing device such as a whistle or a horn. (SCDNR Regulations). Carpools are encouraged.

Meet at 8:15 at the Citadel Mall Parking Lot in front of Sears to carpool to the clean-up site. Contact Marcus Sizemore at for the name of the landing or for other information.

Register online at

Sunday, Sept. 21: Carolina Green Fair James Island County Park Noon-5:00

Volunteers are needed for a tabling event at the Carolina Green Fair. Help us show people of all ages what Sierra Club is about. Email Angela Jones at to volunteer for a time slot.

Register on-line here:

Saturday, Sept. 27: Fossil Walk Edisto Beach State Park

Did you know that Pleistocene fossils (from mammoth, mastodon, shark, etc.) wash up on Edisto Beach? Join us for a Fossil Tour in the state park with Ashby, an Interpretive naturalist at Edisto Beach State Park Environmental Learning Center!

We will meet at the large, white office building, inside the beach section of the State Park ( The main entrance is across from the Bi-Lo grocery store off of 174. Park admission is $5 per adult, $3 for children 5-15, and $3.25 for SC seniors 65 and older. The walk will start precisely at 2 pm, as we are aiming to arrive at the inlet for the 4:35 pm low tide -- this is the most prime spot on the beach. The walk will last until about 6 pm. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting wet. The walk will be a total of 3 miles, but at a leisurely pace. Bring some collection bags; Ziploc bags are great, pill containers (for shark teeth and small mouthparts) to carry your finds. Be sure to also bring sunscreen, water, and a snack if you choose.

We will have a carpool from Charleston, and will meet at the Citadel Mall in West Ashley, near the Sears Auto Center at 12:45 pm.Please contact Jennifer Wilder at

Register On-line here:

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

Sept 5 ,Sept 19, Oct 3, Nov 7,14 21,2014

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

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Check out Light Pollution project in our area.

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Updated by ESH August 31, 2014 2145 EDT