News and Happenings

October 24 @ 9AM

The Conservancy Garden Keepers will be working in the Naturally Kaiwah Demonstration Garden at Night Heron Park on October 24 beginning at 9AM and invite you to join them.

The Conservancy Garden Keepers is a year-round volunteer initiative that keeps Kiawah's citizens connected with nature through Garden Stewardship. Led by Edna Roberds and Pat Pachuk, this group of dedicated volunteers cares for the Naturally Kaiwah Demonstration Garden and its fixtures at Night Heron Park.

Participating as a Garden Keeper is an opportunity to be a steward of one of Kiawah's greatest resources throughout the year. 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 ecroberds@hotmail.com.

November 12, 2017 @ 6PM

Join us for the Kiawah Conservancy's 20th Anniversary Legacy Gala

Sunday, November 12, 2017
6:00PM
The Sanctuary Hotel
Kiawah Island

Black Tie Optional

Presenting Sponsors: Anderson Insurance Associates and AIG

Featured artwork: Jordan, Kiawah Island, SC, by Mary Whyte
Graphite on paper
The original graphite on paper, by Mary Whyte, will be featured in the Legacy Gala live auction.

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

    
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 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.

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.