News and Happenings

July 18, 2019 from 5PM - 7PM

Put on your dancing boots and join the Marshgrass Mama’s for a stompin’ good time at the Naturally Kiawah Garden! The Marshgrass Mama’s are a bevy of Johns Island musical gals. The roots of their music stem from traditional bluegrass and Appalachian old-time, but over the decades the sound has morphed into a unique sound of their own.

Enjoy a stroll through the Garden with one of the Conservancy Garden Keepers and learn how we're "Growing Native."

Bring your own seating, libations, and an appetizer to share while enjoying this live musical performance.

Reservations are NOT required for this complimentary program.

Sponsored by Wells Gallery

Select Tuesdays June - August @ 9:00AM

Join us for this free series of family-friendly nature walks sponsored by the Kiawah Conservancy and Town of Kiawah Island.

Walk on the Wild Side at The Preserve
July 23, July 30, and August 6 @ 9:00 AM

A family-friendly guided nature tour exploring The Preserve Nature Trail. Examine a variety of wildlife-friendly habitats as we look for signs of birds, alligators, and other wildlife species. See majestic views from the Blue Heron Pond Tower and beyond. We will meet at The Preserve parking area located on Grey Widgeon Lane.

Habitat Safari at the Maritime Forest Reserve & Nature Trail
July 16 @ 9:00 AM

A family-friendly guided nature tour exploring the Maritime Forest Reserve and Nature Trail (133 Conifer Lane) with Dr. Jane Ellis. Learn about the uniqueness and importance of the maritime forest and how you can help protect Kiawah's native habitats and wildlife species.

Space is limited. Reservations requested.

 
Tuedsday's July 2 - August 6 @ 4:00PM

Join us at The Sandcastle (1 Shipwatch Road) for a FREE Conservancy Movie Matinee. Enjoy a selection of movie snacks and drinks while you watch the Kiawah Conservancy's sea turtle, alligator, shorebird, and bobcat documentary shorts. This is sure to be a great family-friendly activity.

Showtimes take place every Tuesday @ 4:00PM through August 6!

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

Space is limited. Reservations requested.

Proper Attire required (cover-ups and shoes). No Wet Bathing Suits.

Select Mondays June - August @ 9:00AM

Join us at The Sandcastle (1 Shipwatch Road) for this free series of family-friendly activities sponsored by the Kiawah Conservancy, Town of Kiawah Island, and Kiawah Island Community Association.

Turtle Nesting Patrol: July 29 @ 9:00 AM
A family-friendly sea turtle talk and beach activity with Lynne Sager, Captain and Permit Holder of Kiawah Turtle Patrol. Join us at The Sandcastle at 9:00 AM to learn about Kiawah's endangered sea turtles and participate in a turtle nesting simulation.

Turtle Hatching Patrol: August 5 @ 9:00 AM
A family-friendly sea turtle talk and beach activity with Lynne Sager, Captain and Permit Holder of Kiawah Turtle Patrol. Join us at The Sandcastle at 9:00 AM to learn about Kiawah's endangered sea turtles and participate in a turtle nesting simulation.

Secretive Shorebirds: July 22 @ 9:00 AM
A family-friendly shorebird talk and beach activity with Bette Popillo, Kiawah Island Shorebird Stewardship program coordinator. Join us at The Sandcastle at 9:00 AM to learn about Kiawah's often-secretive shorebirds, why they're so special, and how you can share the beach with them.

Space is limited. Reservations requested.

Proper attire required (cover-ups and shoes). No wet bathing suits.

 
Naturally Kiawah Volume 41

Our newest issue of Naturally Kiawah magazine is available for online viewing now! This issue, themed KiaWonder, is dedicated to all the wonders that Kiawah has to offer. So pull up a comfortable chair, outdoors somewhere if possible, and come behold the wonders of Kiawah Island with us.

If you're on our mailing list you should have received your printed copy of Naturally Kiawah Volume 41 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: 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
The Mystery and Magic of Bobcats

Have you seen our documentary on Kiawah's bobcats?

If not, CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT NOW

Learn about Kiawah's bobcat population, their importance to our unique ecosystem, and research currently underway to preserve and protect these elusive creatures.

This documentary is sponsored by the Kiawah Conservancy with a grant from the Town of Kiawah Island.

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?
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.