What's New

Monday, October 10, 2016 @ 6:00PM

Reserve your space now to ensure you are part of this magical evening! Enjoy socializing with friends and neighbors as you return to your Island home from summer vacations and visits. Come experience the magic of Kiawah’s natural wonders and show your support for the conservation of the Island you love.

Guest auctioneer, Tom Crawford, longtime weather forecaster and host of Lowcountry Live, will once again engage us in an exciting live auction experience featuring a variety of fabulous items and adventures. Place your bids in the Silent Auction to win experiences, gift certificates and luxury items. Purchase a Heads or Tails wristband and join in this lively game-of-chance to win two round trip Southwest Airlines tickets (valid only in the United States, its territories and its possessions, including Puerto Rico. Travel expiration date is 9/14/17).

Legacy Ball admission is $125 per person. Add a Heads or Tails wristband for just $50 more (one band per person only)! Become at Table Sponsor for $1,500 and receive eight event admissions with seating at your own reserved table.

Please contact Beverly Kline in the Kiawah Conservancy office (843-768-2029 or beverly@kiawahconservancy.org) for additional information or to purchase your admission or wristbands or sponsor a table via phone.

Thank you to our 2016 Legacy Ball Kiawah Presenting Sponsors: Anderson Insurance Associates / AIG

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 @ 3:00PM

“What is it about a black water river that causes travelers to slow their pace, breathe deeper and move in harmony with its flow? It draws us back again and again, the steady rhythm unchanged by time or the efforts of man, a siren’s song calling us to return.”

And so begins EDISTO RIVER: BLACK WATER CROWN JEWEL, a journey of words and photographs of the longest free-flowing black water river in North America. From the South Carolina Midlands to the coastal shore of the Lowcountry, the Edisto River winds more than 300 unobstructed miles to the Atlantic Ocean. Because of its life-giving, nutrient-rich waters, the Edisto River is one of the most productive and necessary places on earth. But it is also one of the most beautiful. Even on foggy or cloudy days, its black water is a perfect mirror, reflecting a world of color, its low sandy banks a stage for daily performances in the theater of natural and human history.

Join us at the Sandcastle in a journey with the photographer and narrators of this wonderful book on October 4, 2016 at 3pm!

This free program is co-sponsored by the Kiawah Conservancy, Kiawah Island Photography Club, and the Sandcastle Community Center.

Wednesday's this Fall @ 10:00AM

Are you interested in creating habitat for wildlife in your home’s landscape? If so, these programs are perfect for you. The Kiawah Conservancy is hosting a series of casual information programs in the Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden at Night Heron Park this fall and we hope you will join us for one or more of them!

By creating maintained areas of habitat within your yard, you can directly support Kiawah’s wildlife, while complementing Kiawah’s unique natural aesthetics and environs.

Wednesday, October 5 @ 10:00AM – Phillip Zellner
Join Phillip Zellner for a casual stroll in the Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden at Night Heron Park and get helpful tips on how to provide habitat friendly landscaping. Enjoy a refreshing mimosa and get answers to your questions on plants used in the Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden, the best plants for your garden, and how to help them thrive. Phillip is the Director of Landscaping for Kiawah Island Golf Resort.  He has also generously taken on the responsibility for the upkeep of the Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden.

Wednesday, November 2 @ 10:00AM – Aaron Given
Join Aaron Given for a garden stroll and birding adventure in the Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden and around Night Heron Park. Enjoy a refreshing mimosa, learn more about the relationships between birds and plants, tour the area for avian species, and get your birding questions answered. Aaron is the Assistant Wildlife Biologist for the Town of Kiawah Island and master bird bander. Under his leadership the Kiawah Island Banding Stations are thriving and gaining crucial migration data. 

Light refreshments will be served at each program.  Reservations are NOT REQUIRED for these free educational programs, just meet us in the Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden at Night Heron Park!

Naturally Kiawah Volume 36

Check your mailboxes! If you're on our mailing list you should be receiving your copy of Naturally Kiawah Volume 36 any day now. If you're not on our list, you can sign up here to receive the next published issue and view the current issue online now.

Wednesday's this October @ 5:00PM

Join us for three evenings of music this October at the Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden in Night Heron Park!

October 5 @ 5:00PM - Featured Musicians: Indigo Moon
Featured Musicians: Indigo Moon. Indigo Moon is a new quartet comprised of seasoned musicians from the Lowcountry.  Playing an eclectic mix of folk, country-rock, swing, jazz, and new-grass, the dynamic harmonies of its two female and two male vocalists are fully complemented by guitars, fiddles, mandolins,a dobro and an upright bass.

October 12 @ 5:00PM - Featured Musicians: The Joy Project
The Joy Project is a jazz combo it is the brainchild of saxophonist Steve Joy. They specialize in playing standards from the great American songbook as well as jazz standards, Latin tunes and Brazilian Bossa Novas.

October 19 @ 5:00PM - Featuring the Hans Schmidt German Band
The Hans Schmidt Band has been entertaining lowcountry audiences with authentic imitation German polkas and waltzes for over ten years. From its humble Hungry Five beginnings (trumpet, trombone, tuba or base sax and two clarinets), it has grown to include drummers, a saxophone section, numerous brass players with an ecclectic collection of horns in many shapes and sizes, and an occasional accordionist.

Reservations are NOT required for this complimentary program! Bring your own seating, flashlight or lantern, libations and an Octoberfest appetizer to share!
* Parking will be available near the Garden

September - October 2016

Join Kiawah Conservancy wildlife biologist, Matt Guillette a Naturally Kiawah Pathways Guided Tour this fall...

Wednesday, September 21 @ 5:30PM – Kiawah's Ponds Biking Tour: A Wildlife Wonderland
Bring your bike and meet Matt at the Osprey Point Clubhouse for a Naturally Kiawah Pathways biking tour of Kiawah's ponds. Learn about native habitats and wildlife as you bike the tour path with Matt. Get your wildlife questions answered and see some spectacular sites. Space is limited and reservations are required for this complimentary tour. Registration for this tour is full!

Friday, October 14 @ 8:00AM – The Preserve Walking Tour
Meet Matt at the Cinder Creek Pavilion for a Naturally Kiawah Pathways walking tour of the Preserve. Learn about habitats and wildlife in The Preserve. Get you wildlife questions answered and see some spectacular sites. Space is limited and reservations are required for this complimentary tour.  Make Your Reservation Now!

Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 3:00PM

Do not miss this exiting symposium on Kiawah's most ancient creature and the alligator research currently underway!

The late Professor Lou Guillette, an endocrinologist at the Medical University of South Carolina and expert on alligator biology, often said “If the environment is safe for alligators, it is safe for us!” In March 2015, Guillette and his team began a multi-year study of the alligators on Kiawah Island. The objective is to assess the health of Kiawah's alligator population and compare that with alligator populations at other locations on the southeastern coast.

The Kiawah Conservancy's newest documentary on Kiawah's Alligators featuring local researchers will be premiered during the symposium and speakers will include Matt Guillette, Theresa Cantu, Thomas Rainwater, and other field biologists associated with the ongoing research. During the wine reception and symposium program artists and photographers will display a variety of artwork featuring this magnificent Kiawah icon.

This Symposium is provided by the Kiawah Conservancy and the Kiawah Island Community Association.

Thank you to our Symposium Presenting Sponsor: Taylor Agency Insurance

Contact The Sandcastle at sandcastle@kica.us or 843-768-3875 to reserve your seat now!

Have you seen our newest documentary on the the loggerhead sea turtle? If not, CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT NOW

Watch as the mother turtle emerges from the ocean and makes her way to the dunes to dig her nest and lay her clutch of eggs. Learn about Kiawah's thriving Turtle Patrol and their efforts to preserve this amazing species. See the hatchlings emerge from the nest and make their way to the ocean. Loggerhead sea turtles are one of Kiawah Island’s most iconic and noble species.