News and Happenings

September 25, 2018 - 3PM @ The Sandcastle

Come learn all about South Carolina’s Snakes from guest speaker Andrew Grosse!

Snakes are often hated or feared. But there are some great reasons to keep these slithering creatures around your home and garden. Did you know that snakes are an important part of our Island’s ecology? They provide an important service by keeping rodents and other pest populations under control.

In South Carolina there are 38 snake species and only six of them are venomous. The venomous species tend to be secretive and are less frequently encountered. Join us for Conservation Matters this September to learn more about snakes and their important role in the Lowcountry from Andrew Grosse. Andrew Grosse is the State Herpetologist for South Carolina and holds a BS in Wildlife and Forestry and a MS in Wildlife Biology, both from the University of Georgia.

Space is limited. Register your attendance today for this FREE program using the link below or by contacting the Kiawah Conservancy at 843-768-2029.

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

October 15, 2018 - 3PM @ The Sandcastle

Join us as we kick off South Carolina Native Plant Week with guest speaker Doug Tallamy!

Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home and Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, will explain why relationships between animals and native plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception. Tallamy will explain why native plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere. He will also elaborate on why specialized food relationships determine the stability and complexity of the local food webs that support animal diversity, why our yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystems that sustain us, and how we can use our residential landscapes to connect the isolated habitat fragments around us. Come learn how to create a landscape that enhances Kiawah’s ecology!

Space is limited. Register your attendance today for this FREE program using the link below or by contacting the Kiawah Conservancy at 843-768-2029.

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

Wednesday, October 17 @ 10:00AM

Are you interested in creating habitat for wildlife in your home’s landscape; learning about salt tolerant native plants; saving time, money, and valuable resources?  If so, join Justin Core in the Naturally Kiawah Garden on October 17 for a discussion on Growing Native. Learn how to use Kiawah's native plants for the benefit of wildlife species and get all of your Kiawah natives questions answered.

November 11, 2017 @ 6PM

Thank you so much for your interest in the Kiawah Conservancy’s Legacy Gala. Due to the overwhelming response to this event, registration is now closed.

To be placed on the waiting list please call the office at 843.768.2029 or email

Legacy Gala Presenting Sponsors: Anderson Insurance Associates and AIG

Bobcat documentary, "The Mystery and The Magic," made possible by generous support of the Town of Kiawah Island

The Kiawah 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.



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

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!


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.