Horry County Schools’ Playcard Environmental Education Center will host the 34th annual Forever Wild SwampFest on Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Admission is free and open to the public. Ben  Abercrombie is the Director of Playcard and will be available for interviews throughout the event.

We will celebrate one of the most beautifully diverse ecosystems in Horry County by exploring nature to learn about conservation.  Visitors may enjoy all of the activities, including horse rides, hayrides, kayaking, fishing, archery, and other exhibits.  Continuous entertainment during the day will feature The Morris Brothers and Dixie Station Bluegrass singers, Ripley’s Aquarium and local animals, and other volunteer performers.  Food and drinks will be offered for sale on the grounds, or visitors may bring their own picnic.

Educational exhibits and demonstrations will feature the natural ecosystems of the Education Center, including the black-water swamp, forest, and fields, as well as its natural history in the Pioneer and Native American Villages.  Historical mechanical presentations of turn of the century technology will be on display and forestry equipment.  A vintage tractor show will be included in this year’s event.  You are invited to make a candle, throw pottery, make some lye soap, or weave a willow basket. 

Festival partnerships include the Horry County Solid Waste Authority, Nuisance Wildlife Specialty, the Horry County Museum, Lions Clubs of Horry County, students from HCS Early College, Loris JROTC, Boy and Girl Scouts of America, the Blackwater Beekeepers Association, USDA-NRCS, Horry County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Horry County Conservation Foundation, and professors from Coastal Carolina University presenting displays concentrated on flora and fauna found in Horry County.  Hiking, tractor riding, archery, kayaking, orienteering, fishing, arts and crafts, and games will be held during the event to increase community awareness and proficiency in outdoor skills.   

Sponsored by:       Horry County Conservation Foundation, Blanton’s Building Materials, Horry County Schools, the W. Holliday Family, Horry County Solid Waste Authority, LIONS Clubs of SC, depends on the cooperation of many private citizens, local businesses, groups, and agencies.


Directions To Playcard Environmental Education Center

GPS Coordinates for Playcard Environmental Education Center: 

N  34  03.215’  W  079  00.093’

Address: 10729 Highway 19 West, Loris, SC 29569



Directions to Playcard Environmental Education Center

From North Myrtle Beach

Travel on Highway 9 North and turn left onto Highway 701 South.  This is the main intersection in Loris, SC.  At the Allsbrook intersection, turn right on Hwy 19W.  Allsbrook Grocery (Convenience) Store will be on your left at this intersection.  Drive approximately 4.2 miles to the Playcard Environmental Education Center that will be on your left. 

From Conway/701

Travel on Highway 701 North.   Turn left on Hwy 410.  Turn right on Hwy 19 West.  Travel 0.1 miles, and the Center will be on your right.

From Conway/701 (Alternate Directions)

Travel on Highway 701 North to the intersection of 701 and 410.  Travel 5.3 miles past the intersection.  Turn left on Hwy 19 W (Allsbrook Grocery Store is on the right side of the intersection.)  Travel approximately 4.2 miles, and the Center will be on your left.

Playcard Environmental Education Center is located approximately 6 miles west of Loris, SC, on Hwy 19 West.

SwampFest 2021


“Playcard Environmental Education Center – Where Nature Teaches”


Playcard Environmental Education Center

10729 Highway 19 West

Loris, SC 29569

Telephone: (843) 756-1277

Website: http://www.horrycountyschools.net/pages/Horry_County_Schools/Ac2/Playcard_Education_Center


View the SwampFest Commercial here


Playcard Environmental Education Center is located near the intersection of Highway 410 and Highway 19, approximately six miles west of Loris and ten miles north of Conway.


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