News and Happenings


The Kiawah Conservancy is seeking candidates to fill the position of Land Stewardship Associate. This seasonal position / interniship (funded for 15 weeks of full-time contract employment) is open unitl filled. The full job description can be accessed using the LEARN MORE link below. To apply, email a single PDF with your cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Justin Core. Application review will begin on Monday, April 16, 208 with an anticipated start date of mid-May. No phone calls please.

The Kiawah Conservancy is an equal opportuity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status.

March 28, 2018 @ 3PM

Join Town of Kiawah Island Wildlife Biologists, Jim Jordan and Aaron Given, at Kiawah Island Town Hall (4475 Betsy Kerrison Parkway) and learn about Kiawah’s Wild Side. Featured species will include the American alligator and marsh sparrows. Jim will discuss the Alligator GPS Project and Aaron will discuss the Marsh Sparrow Banding/GPS/Nanotag Project. Learn about cutting-edge advances in technology being used to study these animals movements and patterns across local and continental landscapes.

This program is co-sponsored by the Kiawah Conservancy and the Town of Kiawah Island

March 29 @ 9AM

The Kiawah Conservancy Garden Keepers will hold a training and workday in the Naturally Kaiwah Demonstration Garden at Night Heron Park on 29 beginning at 9AM and invite you to join them. Please come this training day, even if you are a seasoned Garden Keeper. Bring your tools, bucket, water bottle, and a friend that might be interested in joining our group. We have revised this volunteer program so times are more open to fit everyone's schedule.

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. If you have an interest in joining the Garden Keepers, meet us in the Garden on one of our workdays or contact Edna Roberds at

Registration is not required, just meet us in the garden on March 29 at 9AM.

April 5, 2018 @ 11AM

Join us at the Johns Island Regional Library to learn how you can help save sea turtles. Hear how the South Carolina Aquarium's Sea Turtle Care Center provides medical treatment to sick and inured sea turtles. Watch Kiawah Conservancy's award-winning sea turtle documentary, and see how the Kiawah Turtle Patrol assists with sea turtle preservation. The Charleston County Public Library is giving away reusable bags at this event to support efforts in keeping plastics out of our oceans and local waterways.

This program is co-sponsored by the Kiawah Conservancy, the Charleston County Public Library, and the South Carolina Aquarium

Wednesday, April 11 @ 10:00AM

Join landscape architect Bill Maneri in the Naturally Kiawah Garden to learn about landscape design with wildlife in mind. Bill, was responsible for the initial design for the Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden in Night Heron Park and continues to work closely with landscapers, Garden Keepers and Conservancy staff to ensure the ongoing success of the Garden.

Register your attendance today and meet Bill at the Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden in Night Heron Park at 10am on Wednesday, April 11.

April 11, 2018 @ 3PM

Owls have long captivated humans with their majestic appearance and enchanting sounds. Did you know that many owls have asymmetrical ears that help them hunt prey in darkness with deadly accuracy? Join Caw Caw Interpretive Center Educator, Kristina Wheeler, at the East Beach Conference Center to learn about nocturnal predators that might be found in your backyard, the sounds they make, and the adaptations that make them successful.

This program is co-sponsored by the Kiawah Conservancy and the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.  It will take place at the East Beach Conference Center. 

Friday, April 20, 2018 from 4:00PM - 7:00PM

Come celebrate Earth Day with us in the Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden in Night Heron Park. Enjoy hands-on educational opportunities for all ages and learn about the Kiawah Conservancy's conservation programs. Our family friendly activities will include:

*An educational program from the Edisto Island Serpentarium at 4:30PM and opportunities to meet and touch their educational outreach creatures throughout the event
*An opportunity to participate in a live Ladybug Release in the Garden throughout the event
*Enjoy Kids crafts, face painting, slides, and a jump castle
*Meet with Island naturalists and their favorite animals from the Nature Center
*See, touch and learn all about the endangered diamondback terrapin and what you can do to help protect them
*Enjoy the work of our local artists and photographers as you stroll through the Garden
*Learn about our bees and why they are important to our ecosystems from local beekeepers
*Learn all you ever wanted to know about dolphins and marine mammal conservation efforts at the Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network booth
*Learn about shorebird protection efforts on Kiawah Island at the Kiawah Island Shorebird Stewardship booth
*Learn about Island research efforts and wildlife
*Learn about Kiawah Conservancy's conservation efforts, habitat program, preserved properties, educational opportunities and how you can help
*Explore and interact with nature using the Kiawah Conservancy's new mission on the Agents of Discovery App
*Join the new Kiawah Garden Keepers group and help keep the Naturally Kiawah Garden beautiful
*Enjoy live music by The Joy Project from 5-7PM
...and much more!

The Kiawah Conservancy's Earth Day Celebration is a great opportunity to increase environmental awareness in our community. We encourage residents and guests alike to join us for this free, fun, family oriented event and learn how you can make a difference in our community

Registration is not required for this FREE event. Just join us in the Garden.
In the event of inclement weather the event will be cancelled.

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.

Space is limited - registration is required.

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

Wednesday, May 9 @ 10:00AM

Join Kiawah Island Wildlife Biologist and Master Bander, Aaron Given in the Naturally Kiawah Garden for a discussion on Eastern Bluebirds and the Nest Box Monitoring Program.

Register your attendance today and meet Aaron at the Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden in Night Heron Park at 10am on Wednesday, May 9.

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!

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


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?

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

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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:
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:
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: