Located only a few miles from the capital city of Columbia, this unique world of primeval forest with old-growth champion trees, is the Congaree National Park.This park is one of over 390 parks in the National Park System, that cares for the "special places" saved by the Americian people so that all may experience our heritage. Most of the park is federally designated wilderness, motorized vehicles and waterctaft are not allowed in the wilderness areas. Along the meandering Congaree River, diverse plant, and animal life exist along side champion trees, "A Last Stand for a Floodplain Forest" this 24,000-acre park protects the largest continous area of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the United States. Retired park ranger and naturalist Fran Rametta will be our guide for this outing. Fran has appeared on many popular television programs and featured in newspaper and magazine articles nationally. He will take us to visit areas not normally open to the general public in the park. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please no pets are allowed, and participants should bring water, and dress properly for this outing. Binoculars and camera will be helpfull for bird sightings.