Festival of the Woods

A New Tradition
to Celebrate the Woods

The Festival of the Woods is an annual event to celebrate the history and natural resources of the Hitchcock Woods.  This year’s celebration will also mark the 77th anniversary of the Hitchcock Woods Foundation.


Info about the eco-hikes:

We are pleased to announce that the Foundation will again be partnering with the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center (RPSEC) during the month of September to provide a series of guided walks and hand- on activities for local school groups. The students will explore characteristics of habitats, investigate the diversity of life, make observations and inferences, and classify organisms as producers, consumers, and decomposers. Woods staff will be on site to share their expertise including a demonstration of prescribed burning for healthy forests. For more information about the Ruth Patrick Eco-Hikes, please visit http://rpsec.usca.edu.

Hitchcock Woods Essay Contest - Célestine Eustis Prize

Thank you to all of our entrants for this year’s Hitchcock Woods Essay Contest.

The winner receives the Célestine Eustis Prize consisting of a $500 check and his or her name engraved on a sterling silver trophy. The winner is announced at the annual Festival of the Woods dinner to be held Friday, September 23, 2016.

A panel of judges reviews all entries and selects a recipient whose appreciation of the Woods is in the tradition of Célestine Eustis, who purchased land in the pine forests of Aiken more than 130 years ago. She had a passion for flora and fauna, and loved the serenity of the Woods.

Contributors should describe why the Woods are important to them and detail their use and enjoyment of the Woods.

The Célestine Eustis Prize is funded through the generosity of Jane Page Thompson.

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