News and Happenings

January 30, 2018 @ 3PM

Join us in Bobcat Hall at Beachwalker Center (23 Beachwalker Drive) for the first Conservation Matters program of 2018.

South Carolina Aquarium Conservation Director, Albert George, and Conservation Programs Manager, Kelly Thorvalson, will discuss how sea turtles and humans are facing some of the most critical conservation issues of our time, sea level rise and plastic pollution, and how Kiawah can become more resilient, now and in the future.

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

2017 was a stellar year for conservation on Kiawah Island! In addition to the four properties preserved though the community vote, the Kiawah Cosnervancy preserved six more properties in 2017: 12 Grey Widgeon Drive, 114 Halona Lane, 118 Halona Lane, 120 Halona Lane, 136 Halona Lane, and 140 Halona Lane.

This brought our new properties preserved total for 2017 to 10 and tripled our conservation footprint! 

The Kiawah Conservancy has now preserved 45 properties totaling 1097 acres and we couldn't have done it without your support!

 

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

    
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!

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

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.