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The keepers and teachers

of the modern world

With a vast outdoor classroom at our fingertips, the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy team members are ambassadors to each resident and guest, introducing them to this landscape in ways large and small, structured and informal. Tours, classes and workshops, programs, research and field trips are all available to facilitate this environmental learning process.

Conservancy Events

Friday

April 19, 2024

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Explore PBC: Insects and Wildflowers

Meet at the Conservancy Classroom

Join the Conservancy team as we look at the diversity of pollinators and forbs that are growing in the mixed pine hardwood uplands of Oak Island. Wait, what’s a forb? Come and find out!

Closed-toed shoes and long pants required.
Reservations required through: info@pbconservancy.org.

Wednesday

April 24, 2024

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

Meet at the Pinckney Island NWR Parking Lot

Pinckney Island is one of the best bird watching spots in Beaufort County. In the spring, Ibis Pond is bustling with breeding wading birds, warblers are searching for insects to fuel the next leg of their migration, and painted buntings have returned and are singing their hearts out! Join us as we explore the diversity of bird life at Pinckney Island NWR.

Closed-toed shoes and long pants required.
Reservations required through: info@pbconservancy.org.

Friday

April 26, 2024

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Explore PBC: Ferns of Corn Bottom

Meet at the Conservancy Classroom

South of Moreland, Corn Bottom is home to a diversity of ferns that thrive in the moist habitat of this drainage. Join Brian Byrne, Land & Wildlife Manager, as he shows us what varieties of ferns can be found here at Palmetto Bluff.

Closed-toed shoes and long pants required.
Reservations required through: info@pbconservancy.org.

Wednesday

May 1, 2024

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch: From Colonial Settlement to Coastal Gem: The Evolution of Bluffton, SC (1700s-Present)

Conservancy Classroom or Online

Explore the history of Bluffton, SC, from its founding in the early 1800s through the antebellum era, the challenges of the Civil War and Reconstruction, to its contemporary renaissance in this straightforward talk. Join Robert Jones, Executive Director of the Heyward House, and discover the town’s evolution, resilience, and adaptation over the years.

Walk-ins welcome.
If you would rather attend virtually, click on the button below:

Friday

May 3, 2024

8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Explore PBC: Creatures of the Night

Meet at the Conservancy Classroom

What goes bump in the night? Join the Conservancy as we head out into the woods to look and listen for nocturnal wildlife residing at Palmetto Bluff. We will listen for nocturnal wildlife, check light traps for insects, and even meet with Conservancy staff conducting bat research!

Closed-toed shoes and long pants required. Head lamps encouraged.
To protect bats, face masks are required when the researchers have bats in hand.
Reservations required through: info@pbconservancy.org.

Saturday

May 11, 2024

6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Birding Global Big Day – Moreland Village

Meet at the Conservancy Classroom

Join the Conservancy as we participate in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Global Big Day, an international event dedicated to documenting bird activity at the peak of spring migration. This excursion will take us down to Moreland Landing where we will then walk back along the marsh edge seeking potential shorebirds and wading birds.

Binoculars, closed-toe shoes, and long pants required.
Reservations required through: info@pbconservancy.org.

Saturday

May 11, 2024

8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Birding Global Big Day – River Road Preserve

Meet at the Conservancy Classroom

Join the Conservancy as we participate in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Global Big Day, an international event dedicated to documenting bird activity at the peak of spring migration. We will explore River Road Preserve’s maritime forest and marsh habitat for the more reclusive forest species found among the wax myrtles and oak canopies.

Binoculars, closed-toe shoes, and long pants required.
Reservations required through: info@pbconservancy.org.

Saturday

May 11, 2024

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Birding Global Big Day – Sandhill Loop

Meet at Wilson Village Post Office

Join the Conservancy as we participate in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Global Big Day, an international event dedicated to documenting bird activity at the peak of spring migration. We park at Pump Field and cross the street to traverse Sandhill Loop in search of migratory warblers flying over the ancient sand ridge.

Binoculars, closed-toe shoes, and long pants required.
Reservations required through: info@pbconservancy.org.

Wednesday

May 15, 2024

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch: Cemetery Restoration: Conserving the Past for the Future

Conservancy Classroom or Online

Did you know there are 12 cemeteries on Palmetto Bluff? Join Katie Epps, Assistant Archaeologist, as she discusses these cemeteries, the completed restoration work, and future projects.

Walk-ins welcome.
If you would rather attend virtually, click on the following link (or copy and paste into your browser) to watch through zoom webinar:

Wednesday

May 29, 2024

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch: Sea Turtles

Conservancy Classroom or Online

There are seven species of sea turtle in the world, and four of them have been documented off the coast of South Carolina.  Join Lydia Moore, Conservancy Research and Education Manager, as she discusses the life history of these amazing reptiles and what we can do to protect them from the threats they face.  During the talk, the Conservancy Educator, Aaron Palmieri, will provide an interactive intermission where we will see who can make it from an egg to adulthood! 

Walk-ins welcome.
If you would rather attend virtually, click on the following link (or copy and paste into your browser) to watch through zoom webinar:

Friday

May 31, 2024

9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Explore PBC: A Plant’s Guide to Surviving the Maritime Forest

Meet at the Conservancy Classroom

To us, the maritime forest looks lush, serene, and almost tropical, but to a plant, survival in this ecosystem is difficult. Join Conservancy Biologist, Lydia Moore, as we explore what makes a maritime forest unique and the adaptations plants have to cope with harsh conditions.

Closed-toed shoes and long pants required.
Reservations required through: info@pbconservancy.org.

Monday - Thursday

June 10, 2024

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Wild Child Camp

Monday, June 10 – Thursday, June 13

Meet at the Conservancy Classroom

Who is ready to join the Conservancy in a week of ecological fun! Campers who join us will learn about plants, animals, and the environment through games, crafts, and wildlife interactions.

A list of required items will be provided prior to the camp.  Email us at info@pbconservancy.org for more detailed information regarding activities.

Ages: 6-9
Reservations are required. $200 per child.

Send Registration Forms to: info@pbconservancy.org.
Registration Form: https://form.jotform.com/232675636264059 

 

Tuesday

June 18, 2024

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Ecotour with Captain Amber

Meet at Wilson Village Chapel Dock

Captain Amber has spent her life in and along the May River, and her ecotours highlight the love and knowledge she holds for the salt marsh. Join us as we explore the May River and other tidal estuaries while Captain Amber teaches us about the creatures that call these waters home.

$65 fee.
Reservations required through: info@pbconservancy.org.

Wednesday

June 19, 2024

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch: Dolphins

Conservancy Classroom or Online

With 150 local, full-time residents in Beaufort County, the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin is one of the most common oceanic species seen in our area. Dolphins are mammals and are noted for their intelligence and learning abilities, which means you’ve likely seen them playing or feeding in the May River. Join Cassie Beato, the Montage Naturalist, as she guides us through the life cycle and anatomy of bottlenose dolphins as well as the famous feeding method, strand feeding, which is unique to the Lowcountry.

Walk-ins welcome.
If you would rather attend virtually, click on the following link (or copy and paste into your browser) to watch through zoom webinar:

Thursday

June 20, 2024

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Let’s Talk About… Reptiles!

Conservancy Classroom

Reptiles are a misunderstood group of animals. The Conservancy team is here to dispel myths and discuss these scaley residents and their roles in the ecosystem.

Walk-ins welcome.

Monday - Thursday

June 24, 2024

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Junior Naturalist Camp

Monday, June 24 – Thursday, June 27

Meet at the Conservancy Classroom

Join the Conservancy this summer as we head outdoors and explore the land around us.  We will learn how to survive in the woods, the importance of fresh and salt water, and delve into the past.

A list of required items will be provided prior to the camp.  Email us at info@pbconservancy.org for more detailed information regarding activities.

Ages: 10-13
Reservations are required. $200 per child.

Send Registration Forms to: info@pbconservancy.org.
Registration Form: https://form.jotform.com/232675636264059

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This land has been managed for thousands of years. Our goal is to continue those efforts, even in the many conservation areas, nature preserves, interpretive trails, wetlands and predevelopment locations that are rarely visited. We maximize diversity. We protect and, where needed, restore. To make a donation, please click below.

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Conservation / Palmetto Bluff Conservancy 2024 Summer Camps

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Apr 2024

Culture / Palmetto Bluff Growing Outdoors

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Apr 2024

Sporting Life / A Comparison of the May River & Crossroads Golf Courses

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Culture / Behind the Bluff with Fitness and Wellness Director: Jeff Ford

Jeff’s Journey to the Palmetto Bluff Fitness and Wellness Team Palmetto Bluff is located amidst the serene landscapes of the Lowcountry, a tranquil haven where wellness intertwines seamlessly with nature's splendor. Jeff Ford, the Palmetto Bluff Club's Direct...

Apr 2024

Real Estate / Make the Move to the Lowcountry

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Apr 2024

Sporting Life / Crossroads | A Shotmaker’s Playground

Photographs by Patrick O’Brien Words by Rob Collins Designer Rob Collins of King-Collins offers a first look at Crossroads, Palmetto Bluff’s new nine-hole reversible golf course. It is a feat of design. One routing, The Hammer, is a whirlwind of angles and u...

Apr 2024

Architecture & Design / Resurrecting Stones

Story by Katie Epps Photographs by Joel Caldwell Beneath Palmetto Bluff’s sprawling oaks lie twelve cemeteries that serve as the final resting places for hundreds of people and nine dogs. Five of these cemeteries were started as burial grounds for enslaved...

Mar 2024

Real Estate / Discover The Grove: A Premier Enclave for Nature-Inspired Living

Putting Down Strong Roots The Grove seamlessly combines curated style with courtyard living, welcoming the lush beauty of the Lowcountry at every doorstep. With twelve homesites meticulously designed to maximize outdoor living, Palmetto Bluff Builders offer...

Mar 2024

Culture / Meet Palmetto Bluff Club Members Shayne and Jason Hollander

How did you meet? Shayne: Jason and I both attended the University of Southern California. We met through our mutual friend Mike, a USC connection. I was always very captivated by Jason, his wit and charm.  Jason: Shayne’s first job in college was working ...

Mar 2024

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