News and Happenings

Due to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

After careful consideration, the Kiawah Conservancy has made the difficult decision to close our offices to the public. Our staff members are equipped and prepared to work remotely. This decision was not made lightly; however, as a science-based organization we want to ensure that we are doing our part to help curb the transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our community, our team and volunteers remain our top priority.

We will follow the recommendation of authorities and the CDC to determine when we can reopen to the public. In the meantime, we send our best wishes to you and your loved ones for good health and safety.

Horticulture Associate (Part Time Position)

The Kiawah Conservancy seeks candidates for the position of Horticulture Intern. Candidates for this position will be prepared to provide assistance in a variety of roles, with a focus on maintaining the Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden and Maritime Forest Reserve and Nature Trail. Through discussion-based learning and practical, hands-on experience, the intern will perform the daily tasks, up-keep, and responsibilities of a public garden and nature trail as well as the coordination of volunteer personnel. Applicants should have a strong communication skills and a working knowledge of South Carolina’s native plants and invasive species of concern.

Please review the requirements and follow the application instructions. No phone calls, please.

Part-Time Contract

The Kiawah Conservancy seeks candidates for the position of Project Coordinator (Part-Time Contract). Candidates for this position will be prepared to provide provide support adn coordination for a project awarded under the Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund 2019 (ECRF) through the National Fish and Wildlife Federation (NFWF). The project coordinator will work closely with the Conservancy's Executive Director and staff to provide project coordination, meeting and event planning, and communications materials for the ECRF project and other redilience related projects.

Please review the requirements and follow the application instructions. No phone calls, please.

March 24 @ 3PM, The Sandcastle

 

PROGRAM CANCELLED

 

In an abundance of caution and concern about COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to reschedule this program.

We felt it best to reschedule rather than risk exposure for our program speaker and our community.

Beautiful imagery of nature can be a powerful tool to educate, inspire, and make a positive change for conservation!

Join us as conservationist Benjamin Clock highlight’s his travels documenting birds to reveal the wonders of their behavior, migrations, and habitat. Learn about the film he is currently shooting, a chronicle of the importance of South Carolina’s coastal beachfront and marshland to Red Knots during their spring migration between southern South  America and the Arctic. He’ll also share elements of his work on endangered Kirtland’s Warblers and Hawaiian Honeycreepers.

Benjamin Clock, a conservation photographer, videographer, field biologist, and audio recordist visually documents organisms and their habitats in an effort to help conserve wild places. He has been a passionate naturalist and birdwatcher since the age of 10 and worked for 14 years as videographer and assistant curator at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library of Natural Sound and Video. His work takes him all over the world in search of birds to film and photograph. To view some of his work visit www.benjaminclock.com.

This program is sponsored by the Kiawah Conservancy and Kiawah Island Community Association.

Self-Guided Tours
Discover stories unique to Kiawah as you enjoy our self-guided Naturally Kiawah Pathways tours of the Island's scenic pathways. Download the free TravelStorys App and take a tour today. There are seven exciting optioins to choose from:
 

NEW Kiawah Paddling
Treasures of the Beach: Scavenger Hunt
Kiawahs' Ponds: A Wildlife Wonderland
Western Kiawah Island
Central Kiawah Island
Eastern Kiawah Island
Kiawah Photography
The Preserve

Since 1997, the Kiawah Conservancy’s mission has been “to preserve and enhance Kiawah Island’s unique balance of nature and development.” To continue to grow support for its conservation mission, the Conservancy would like you to experience Kiawah’s wonders first hand!  

Our Naturally Kiawah Pathways self-guided tours (via the TravelStorys App), allow you to learn something about our Island that even long-term visitors and residents may not know. The tours also provide suggestions on how each of us can help ensure we preserve the legacy of Kiawah’s nature and beauty for future generations. Combined together, the tours will take you from the far eastern sections of the Island to Freshfields Village in the west and from the beach to the Kiawah River. Some of the tours are best taken on your bike, while others are designed to be walked. Each tour can be taken in its entirety or in sections. Biking or walking distances are shown with each tour.

To take a tour, download the free TravelStorys App from Google Play or the App Store and select the Naturally Kiawah Pathways tour that most interests you . For each tour, there are approximately 10 points of interest. When using the TravelStorys App, GPS-activated audio narration about each location will begin as you approach the mapped point on your selected tour. Each location also includes a series of photographs, many provided courtesy of the Kiawah Island Photography Club.

We encourage you to sample one or more of the tours and recommend them to your family and friends. This is a wonderful resource to learn more about Kiawah Island - perhaps on one of the many beautiful days that grace our shores! We also ask you to send us your experiences, photographs, and stories about a site that you believe others might enjoy, so that they might be included in a future version of a tour.

From your friends and neighbors at the Kiawah Conservancy, please enjoy touring Kiawah Island!

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”  John Muir

    
The Mystery and Magic of Bobcats

Have you seen our documentary on Kiawah's bobcats?

If not, CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT NOW

Learn about Kiawah's bobcat population, their importance to our unique ecosystem, and research currently underway to preserve and protect these elusive creatures.

This documentary is sponsored by the Kiawah Conservancy with a grant from the Town of Kiawah Island.

Have you seen our newest documentary on the shorebirds of Kiawah? If not, CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT NOW

Learn about Kiawah's shorebirds and Island efforts to preserve and protect these amazing and threatened species.

Have you seen our documentary on the American alligator?
If not, CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT NOW

Learn about Kiawah's thriving alligator population, their importance to our unique ecosystem, and research currently underway to preserve and protect this modern day dinosaur.

Thank you to our sponsors: Taylor Agency Insurance and Town of Kiawah Island for their generous support.

 

 

Have you seen our 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.