News and Happenings

March 26, 2019


Experience the mystery and magic of Kiawah's bobcats at the Kiawah Conservancy's 5th annual symposium. Hear from guest speakers: Shane Roberts, Jim Jordan, Jim Chitwood, and Cynthia Neal. See our newest documentary film on Kiawah's bobcats and get your questions answered. Seating is limited. Reserve your space today!

The Mystery and the Magic of Bobcats
5th Annual Symposium
March 26, 2019
3PM - 5PM (FULL)
​The Sandcastle, Kiawah Island

Sponsored by: Town of Kiawah Island

Thursday, April 18 from 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Join us for the Kiawah Conservancy's 5th Annual Earth Day Celebration on April 18, 2019 from 4-6 PM at the Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden in Night Heron Park.

Protecting our species and preserving Kiawah's habitat is an important part of the Kiawah Conservancy's mission. Through a focus on research and education, the Conservancy encourages citizens to become leaders in environmental conservation for the benefit of all. Join us in celebrating what makes Kiawah Island so amazing!

At the Celebration:

  • Meet and learn from representatives of the Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network, Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol, Conservancy Garden Keepers, and Charleston Collegiate Outdoor Program
  • Learn about bird conservation efforts with the Kiawah Island Shorebird Stewardship and Town of Kiawah Island Bird Research Programs
  • Get a feel for wildlife with the SC Aquarium Rovers Touch Tank and Creatures
  • Enjoy an Art Walk with the Kiawah Art Guild or a Photography walk with the Kiawah Island Photography Club
  • Take part in the Roots & Shoots Native Plant Sale and Rosebank Farms Farmers Market
  • Take part in the ladybug releases in the garden and meet with Beekeeper Debbie Fisher
  • Enjoy steel drum music by Mike Greer
  • Learn about the Naturally Kiawah Pathways Self-Guided Tours using the TravelStorys App
  • Pick up your free Earth Day reusable shopping bag.
  • Children can meet Charley the Riverdog, and will enjoy a variety of crafts, games, jump castles, face painting, and much more!

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

Registration is not required for this FREE event.

**In the event of inclement weather the event will be cancelled.**

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 3PM

Come meet Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network (LMMN) Executive Director Lauren Rust and learn how the LMMN is working to protect marine mammals around the Lowcountry through science, education, and conservation. The LMMN provides a variety of educational programs throughout the Charleston area including the Kiawah Island Dolphin Education Program.

This program is sponsored by the Kiawah Conservancy, Town of Kiawah Island, and Kiawah Island Community Association

Photo by Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network

Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 9:30AM - 12:00PM

Meet the Kiawah Conservancy and Kiawah Island Nature Program Naturalists at Mingo Point for a saltmarsh exploration in the Kiawah River. As the tide falls, we will venture by kayak towards the Kiawah River Bridge to an area we call the Mud Flats. Here, we may see numerous shorebirds feeding or the occasional Bottlenose Dolphin swim by.

No experience is needed. Moderate physical ability required. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A brief hands-on introduction to kayaking will be given at the beginning of the program. All equipment will be provided. Be prepared to get wet! Wear snug fitting shoes that you don’t mind getting wet and muddy and bring a reusable water bottle, sunscreen, and protective covers for your electronic devices.


This program is full with an extensive wait list. If you are already on the wait list you will be contacted if space becomes available.

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

Naturally Kiawah Volume 40

Check your mailboxes! If you're on our mailing list you should have received your copy of Naturally Kiawah Volume 40 by now. If you're not on our list, you can sign up here to receive the next published issue.


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:
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


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.



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.