What do waders, microscopes, Petri dishes, dip nets, buckets, tubs, lab coats, ice trays, and macroinvertebrates all have in common? All these things are part of an exciting NEW Authentic Augusta Experience called Eco Explorers - Become a Citizen Scientist at Phinizy Center & Nature Park

Fun Fact: Phinizy Swamp is around 7,000 acres and but, Phinizy Center & Nature Park manages 1,100 acres.

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Are you ready to experience the outdoors in a new way? At Phinizy Center & Nature Park, you'll take a small hike across the nature park's most popular and scenic location, the Flood Plains Boardwalk. Becoming a Citizen Scientist will require you to put on your waders and grab your dip nets while interacting with Phinizy Research Scientists and the habitat. 


For groups looking for a unique outdoor experience, Eco Explorers - Become a Citizen Scientist is it! You'll collect data and samples that you will take to the Phinizy Center Water Quality Laboratory. Get ready to don your very own lab coat to study your finding with Phinizy Research Scientists. 


After you and your team have analyzed your data and recorded your findings –– it's time to celebrate with light refreshments in the Phinizy Center & Nature Park "Visitor Center Swamp Shop." This is a great time for selfies, getting commemorative merchandise, and trying out the "Phinizy Swamp Thing" a light-bodied beer created by Savannah River Brewing Co. with this wonderful marvel of nature in mind. 

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