The NMMF returns to the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) in 2024 – Here’s Everything You Need to Know

The NMMF returns to the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) in 2024 – Here’s Everything You Need to Know

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February 16, 17, 18, 2024 (President’s Day Weekend), Charleston, SC

Welcome to SEWE 2024! The NMMF is thrilled to return to the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) after a successful debut last year. Here is your comprehensive guide to the events the NMMF will be participating in and hosting for this year’s expo.

We have three great opportunities for you to experience NMMF science: 

The Dolphin Doctor Field Laboratory and Dolphin Doctor Experience are free to the public. The Women in Conservation panel and reception require a SEWE admission ticket. See the official SEWE website for details, or purchase tickets at the event venue.

About SEWE

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) is an annual celebration of nature, wildlife, and the outdoors, capturing the essence of the sporting lifestyle and conservation efforts. Held in Charleston, SC, SEWE brings together artists, experts, and enthusiasts to showcase and appreciate the wonders of wildlife and the natural world. With a focus on education, conservation, and art, SEWE offers a unique platform where attendees can engage with interactive exhibits, demonstrations, and expert presentations. From wildlife-inspired artwork and outdoor lifestyle products to captivating live presentations and hands-on experiences, SEWE provides a dynamic and immersive environment for individuals of all ages to connect with and appreciate the beauty and importance of the natural world. This event serves as a beacon for fostering a deeper understanding of conservation and preserving the rich biodiversity that graces our planet. Explore, learn, and be inspired at SEWE, where the spirit of the wild comes to life.

Events Overview

Dolphin Doctor Experience

Presentation for the Public in Marion Square

The NMMF brings you our interactive Dolphin Doctor workshop, shedding light on marine mammal medicine, science, and technology, as well as its applications to the conservation of marine mammals globally. This engaging demonstration walks the audience through a typical dolphin health assessment.

Free and open to the public. SEWE admission ticket not required. 

Location: Marion Square

Schedule:

  • Friday, 2/16: 12:00 pm 
  • Friday, 2/16: 3:30 pm 
  • Saturday, 2/17: 12:00 pm  
  • Saturday, 2/17: 3:30 pm 
  • Sunday, 2/18: 12:00 pm
  • Sunday, 2/18: 3:30 pm 
Relive the excitement and fun from the 2023 Dolphin Doctor Workshop as we highlight the unforgettable memories and laughter shared during our interactive presentations. Join us for another round of marine mammal magic at SEWE 2024!

Dolphin Doctor Field Laboratory (NMMF Tent)

Educational, Informational, and Interactive Opportunities

The NMMF’s Dolphin Doctor Field Laboratory provides a diverse array of educational, informational, and interactive opportunities suitable for all ages. Drop by to explore our work, delve into our scientific and conservation endeavors, discover educational opportunities, peruse available merchandise, engage in interactive activities, enjoy games tailored for kids, and meet our dedicated conservationists, scientists, and community educators. Immerse yourself in the world of marine mammal conservation and gain insights into the NMMF’s impactful initiatives.

Free and open to the public. SEWE admission ticket not required. 

Location: Marion Square

Booth Schedule:

  • Friday, 2/16:  10:00 am – 6:00 pm

  • Saturday, 2/17:  10:00 am – 6:00 pm 
  • Sunday, 2/18:  10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Join us at our NMMF booth and experience joy and fascination that captivates visitors of all ages. From interactive exhibits to engaging conversations, our booth is a hub of inspiration for wildlife enthusiasts. Come see us at SEWE 2024 for more moments of discovery and connection!

Women in Conservation Panel & Reception Event

Learn about the contributions, challenges, and standout achievements of trailblazing women in the field of conservation in an enlightening panel discussion, Women in Conservation: Wildlife Heroes of the Land, Sea and Sky. Guided by guest speaker Julie Scardina, the panel features distinguished conservationists including Dr. Forrest Gomez (NMMF), Amy Kight (Busch Wildlife Sanctuary), and Mandy Feavel (Center for Birds of Prey / Aviation Conservation Center). 

Following this insightful panel, we extend a warm invitation to join us at the Women in Conservation Reception, hosted by the NMMF. This is a unique opportunity to connect with these inspiring conservation heroes in person and delve deeper into their impactful work.

Admission tickets for SEWE are required for entry. Enjoy a complimentary charcuterie spread as you attend the Women in Conservation Reception. Wine and other beverages will be available for purchase.

For more details, see the official SEWE site

Location: Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Schedule:

  • Women in Conservation Panel: Saturday, 2/17 from 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Women in Conservation Reception and Social Hour: Saturday, 2/17 from 5:00-6:00 pm 
Women in Conservation Panelists Mandy Feavel (Avian Conservation Center/Center for Birds of Prey), Dr. Forrest Gomez (NMMF), Amy Kight (Busch Wildlife Sanctuary), and Julie Scardina (Moderator and Special Guest) will take the stage at the Gaillard Center on Saturday, February 17.

How to Attend

This President’s Day Weekend, join NMMF in Charleston, SC, for an unforgettable experience at SEWE 2024. We look forward to seeing you there! To attend ticketed events, please see the official SEWE website for details, or purchase tickets at the event venue.