News and Happenings

May - All Month Long

Be part of our #GivingMay Challenge!  By raising $50,000 during #GivingMay, we will receive an additional $15,000 in matching grants.  

How to Give:
- Contribute online using the DONATE NOW Button below, select #GivingMay as the Gift Designation.
- Mail or drop off donations at the Kiawah Conservancy office (80 Kestrel Court, Kiawah Island, SC 29455).
- Phone in contributions at 843-768-2029. 

Share your #GivingMay story with us on social media and encourage your family and friends to give!

Interested in volunteering this week?  Meet us in the Garden on Friday, May 11 at 9am. The sweetgrass sections are need of dethatching. Bring your gloves, water bottle, and stiff rake, with which we will attempt to comb out the dead grass.

The Conservancy Garden Keepers is a year-round volunteer initiative that keeps Kiawah's citizens connected with nature through Garden Stewardship. Participating as a Garden Keeper is an opportunity to be a steward of one of Kiawah's greatest resources throughout the year. This group of dedicated volunteers, led by Edna Roberds and Pat Pachuk, cares for the Naturally Kaiwah Demonstration Garden and its fixtures at Night Heron Park.

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May 10, 2018 @ 10AM

Join us at Mingo Point for a paddle trip on the Kiawah River. Enjoy the natural beauty of Kiawah Island, its abundant wildlife, and surrounding marsh views as we paddle along the Kiawah River.

Registration for this event if FULL. Please contact our office to be placed on the waiting list and we will let you know if space becomes available.

This program is co-sponsored by the Kiawah Conservancy and the Kiawah Island Nature Program.

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 TravelStorysGPS App and take a tour today. There are seven exciting optioins to choose from:

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 TravelStorysGPS 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 TravelStorysGPS 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 TravelStorysGPS 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

    
Kiawah Conservancy Explores Bobcat Trail Mission

Explore the Kiawah Conservancy’s Bobcat Trail using our newest augmented reality game! Think Pokémon GO! Download the free app, Agents of Discovery, on your smartphone or mobile device, and look for the Kiawah Conservancy Explores Bobcat Trail mission. Begin your personal GPS activated adventure at Night Heron Park with our top secret agent, Bob E. Cat. He’ll share secrets of his daily stroll around the Island. Find out what he eats, where he sleeps, learn about some of his favorite hiding spots! See some of the wildlife that he encounters on his journey and discover how YOU can be a wildlife steward.

Start your adventure at the Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden at Night Heron Park to begin this GPS activated Nature Trivia challenge, and end your quest near Boardwalk 18 on the beach. Share your favorite photos from this expedition with us on Facebook (Kiawah Conservancy), Twitter (@kiawahconserv), and Instagram (@kiawahconserv).

Our Nature Trivia Challenges are loaded with audio and visual challenges, packed with photos and sounds of Kiawah’s wildlife, and fun for families of all ages.

Our Challenges include augmented reality games, matching sounds to wildlife, image multiple choice, capturing virtual USbees (to earn points), and more!

    

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.

 

 

November 12, 2017

The Kiawah Conservancy celebrated 20 years of conservation success with over 290 guests at our Annual Legacy Gala on November 12, 2017. The evenings festivities included live and silent auctions, a wine pull, and an exciting games of Heads or Tails led by auctioneer, Tom Crawford. Proceeds from the event support the preservation of Little Rabbit North, a 6.20 acre property located at the entrance to Kiawah Island. Thank you for your 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.

Naturally Kiawah Volume 38

Check your mailboxes! If you're on our mailing list you should be receiving your copy of Naturally Kiawah Volume 38 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.

 

Kiawah Island is a unique place where native landscapes, wildlife and people coexist for the benefit of all, a place where wonderful memories are made. When it comes right down to it, those memories are built on the natural wonders here. ​

The Naturally Kiawah Pathways tour utilizes Kiawah Island’s existing bicycle path network as a guide to the central portion of the Island.  On the tour you will encounter many unique environments, including expanses of tidal salt marsh, maritime forests and freshwater wetlands.  Along the way you will have the opportunity to view a variety of wildlife, especially birds, and learn more about Kiawah’s local ecology.  Historical information is also presented within the tour, as you will be guided to several locations associated with the Island’s plantation-era days.

As you follow the tour and learn more about Kiawah, please keep in mind that enjoying this pristine environment is not for us alone. Plant and animal life only thrive in a balanced ecosystem.  The Kiawah Conservancy works to preserve this delicate balance that provides haven for our native flora, habitat for wildlife and the opportunity for residents and guests to enjoy the natural wonders this special place affords. - See more at: http://travelstorysgps.com/tsg---naturally-kiawah-pathways.html#sthash.oU4HPvf5.dpuf
kiawah conservancy lends their extensive knowledge and careful stewardship of their namesake island to this, the first in a series of unique audio tours - See more at: http://travelstorysgps.com/tsg---naturally-kiawah-pathways.html#sthash.oU4HPvf5.dpuf
kiawah conservancy lends their extensive knowledge and careful stewardship of their namesake island to this, the first in a series of unique audio tours - See more at: http://travelstorysgps.com/tsg---naturally-kiawah-pathways.html#sthash.oU4HPvf5.dpuf