South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR)

Established by law in 1910 as the Office of the Chief Game Warden, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) has had six directors: James Henry Rice (1910-1913), A.A. Richardson (1913-1958), James W. Webb (1959-1974), James A. Timmerman Jr. (1974-1997), Paul A. Sandifer (1997-2003), and John E. Frampton (2003 to present). During the last 95 years, the agency’s name has changed four times. With a current staff of approximately 800, responsibilities include managing game, nongame and endangered wildlife, marine and estuarine species and their habitats; water resources; land resources; conservation districts; state climatologist; state geologist; and state geological survey.

The DNR is governed by the seven-member S.C. Department of Natural Resources Board, with one member representing each of the state’s six Congressional Districts and one at large. The board meets monthly, usually the third Friday. The public is invited to attend all meetings, and comment is encouraged. Upcoming meetings are announced through news releases on the DNR Internet and through the home page at, in local newspapers, and the DNR Communications Office at 803-734-4133.

A number of advisory boards and committees serve to keep South Carolina citizens in active participation with the S.C.D.N.R. Board and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources


Becoming an Outdoors Woman

This program is designed to give women the opportunity to try outdoor recreation activities they have an interest in and achieve greater competency in activities they may have experienced in the past. The BOW Workshops have been very effective at increasing the interest, knowledge, skills and confidence of women wishing to become more active in the outdoors. These are major objectives for the program.
As a result of attending this program new and previous hunters and anglers renewed or...

SC Reel Kids

This is a free goal-based fishing program for kids under the age of 16. Kids fish, learn and earn free prizes. Each SC Reel Kids recieves a subscription to the SC Reel Kids newsletter and learns that fishing and being outdoors are great ways to have fun. Whether fishing in a pond, lake, stream, river, or ocean, a SC Reel Kids participant is probably going to see wildlife!
A SC Reel Kid will do more than just go fishing! They will work toward goals like catching their first fish, learning...

SC Reel Art

As a component of the SC Reel Kids program, the Reel Art program is an art competition for kids in kindergarten to 12th grade. Kids learn about fish and their habitats while creating their fun, creative fish art.
Contest is open to South Carolina students in Kindergarten through 12th grade in public, private, or home school. Students must submit original works of art that have not been copied from published photographs or other works of art. Students may use any type of medium to create...

Fishing Rodeos

The ultimate opportunity to get your kids out to try the sport of fishing. Fishing Rodeos are held all over the state to provide kids a chance to enjoy the outdoors, catch their first fish and get hooked on the sport of fishing.

Fishing Tackle Loaner Program

Whether you are a first-time angler who wants to learn, or an age old pro looking to catch dinner, you can check out fishing equipment from one of several South Carolina Fishing Tackle Loaner Program Sites.
At an official FTLP site, you can borrow a rod, reel and tackle box . . . everything but the fish! FTLP sites also have helpful hints on topics such as tying knots, rigging a line, what bait to use, and other information you need to know to be prepared for your first fishing trip. A day...

Camp Wildwood

Camp Wildwood is a cooperative effort conducted by the SCDNR with support from the Garden Clubs of SC. It was initiated in 1954 and has been held annually for 2 weeks each summer. Approximately 3,000 young people have participated in this opportunity since 1988.
Campers at Camp Wildwood discover that they are part of nature and their actions in some way affect the natural balance. The professional staff and counselors pass on knowledge and appreciation for the protection and wise use of...

Project WILD

Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife. The program is designed for educators of kindergarten through twelfth grade. Project WILD capitalizes on the natural interest that children and adults have in wildlife by providing hands-on activities that enhance student learning in all subject and skill areas. Project WILD educational materials are provided to educators through practical, interactive workshops.
The MISSION of...

Natural Resource School

Natural Resource Schools: Education's Better Outdoors is an innovative partnership between the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and South Carolina Department of Education.

The project was conceived through multiple meetings between South Carolina's State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Jim Rex, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Director, John Frampton.

The concept is to integrate fish, wildlife, natural resources, outdoor skills and conservation...

Hunter Education

This is the SCDNR’s most extensive education program. With over 10,000 adult and youth students served each year, it is also the largest classroom-oriented program with DNR instructors. Because all hunters born after June 30, 1979 are required to pass the hunter education course before a hunting license can be obtained, the demand for this course should remain constant or increase slightly over time. Youth participating in the Youth Hunting and Take One-Make One (TOMO) programs are required...

National Archery in the Schools

National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is a nation-wide program that provides guidance and support to partners wishing to implement the program in schools within their state. The SCDNR initiated this program in 2005 and now provides the opportunity in 146 schools. SCDNR participates in the program by recruiting schools and has trained 236 teachers and instructors. Eighteen thousand students in the 146 schools are expected to participate in the program during the 2009-10 school...