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BEAST, OR BEAUTY?
Sourwood leaves are being transformed into an iridescent matrix of silken threads by tiny creatures called fall webworms. The tightly woven threads begin at tree tips and extend back, forming a strong, protective nest for hundreds of hard-working caterpillars inside. The nests are surprisingly resilient to the touch. Safe within their silken home, quarter-inch caterpillars eat, spin silk, shed skin, become half-inch caterpillars, and repeat. Startle them and they will simultaneously shake one end of their skinny little bodies like can-can dancers on an airy stage. Soon they’ll be distinctly hairy; by autumn they will have grown to an inch in length, and their nest will be a mess of skin sheds and frass. Before winter these caterpillars will drop to the ground, larvae transforming to pupae, and the nest, skeletonized leaves and all, will melt under the season’s wind and rain. Check out these little wonders of nature, and touch a nest. Go ahead. They are everywhere this summer.
WITH JOCASSEE LAKE TOURS
KIDS KAYAK CAMP! (Book Now) Tuesdays, July 25 & Aug. 1 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
JOCASSEE ADVENTURE CAMP! (Book Now) Fridays, July 28 & August 4 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
BROOKS' ADVENTURE SUNDAYS SKY FALLS! (Book Now) August 6: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
FULL MOON RISING TOUR August 7: 6:30 - 9:00 PM (Book Now)
PRIVATE TOURS ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE!
WITH JOCASSEE LAKE TOURS
EVERY WEDNESDAY TOUR - Guide's Choice! July 26: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Book Now)
EVERY SATURDAY TOUR - Lower Lake July 29: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Book Now)
Two historic buildings are located on the grounds of Oconee Station State Historic Site. The oldest is a stone blockhouse that was built in 1792. The brick house at Oconee Station was built in 1805 and served as the residence of a merchant who ran a trading post on the site.
It's Friday night and it's time to dance! Grab your partner and two-step to Oconee State Park's barn for a night of fun, music and square dancing. No experience necessary to have a grand ole time. Bluegrass music is performed by the Dixie Bluegrass Boys, led by Georgia Music Hall of Famer Curtis Blackwell.
This introductory class to fishing will teach skills on tying fishing knots, rigging a rod and reel, casting, and the best part of all: everyone can try their hand at fishing. All equipment and bait is provided for a limit of 20 participants. All ages are welcome and the clinic is FREE, so come out and play, enjoy the outdoors, and make this a family fun outing!
As temperatures rise in July keeping cool becomes paramount. In this Hunt Cabin open house decorate your own fan to keep cool and learn about the importance of birds to the creation of nineteenth century fans. Enjoy a refreshing glass of lemonade as you sit by the waterfall.
Live the past! History comes alive in this week long camp. Join us at the Hunt Cabin and the survival skills needed in the19th Century. Learn how to build a cabin, cook on an open hearth, track animals, make period clothes and more! In this camp, children will be immersed in South Carolina’s history and learn about the people and cultures that make up the diversity of our state.
KIDS. They're what summer is all about! With every season our focus changes. In fall, it’s the wonder of autumn color. In winter, it’s loons and waterfalls, unencumbered by the leaf cover of America’s densest deciduous forest. In spring, the glory of nature’s explosive growth commands our attention. And in summer, it’s all about families and kids. We offer an every Friday family-based kids camp for several weeks this time of year, but every day is summer camp when we have kids aboard. Swimming, jumping off rocks into the wonder of crystal clear water, exploring the mountain cold chill of wild river pools, summer on Lake Jocassee is like no other. We define a successful outing by how dirty our boats are and how many young people are knocked out and sound asleep on our way back to the dock. It’s a hoot.
BLOOM REPORT. Coreopsis and sumac, and great, glorious panicles of Devils walking stick.
DID YOU KNOW?
Pound for pound, silk produced by insects is thought to be stronger than steel.
ABOUT THE BLUE WALL
Spanning three states (North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia) and encompassing 859,000 acres, the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment, known as the 'Blue Wall' by Native Americans, contains some of the highest natural diversity of rare plants and animals found anywhere in the world.