Discover and learn about Kiawah Island’s unique barrier island ecology through a variety of fascinating nature study programs. Skilled naturalists offer tours by sea kayak, canoe or bike, as well as bird watching treks or nighttime beach walks.

You can also charter a boat or consider renting a paddle board to explore the local rivers and tidal creeks. See our favorite vendors below!

Night Heron Park and Nature Center

While exploring the island’s long, uninterrupted beach, you’ll learn that this is the nesting ground for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, protected by a partnership by the town-sponsored Turtle Patrol and a federal and state-permitted program involving island residents.

kiawah nature center

Open daily, Night Heron Park Nature Center is an excellent hub for information on nature tours, special events and creative ways to design your own eco-adventure. The Nature Center also has exhibits about the island’s native flora and fauna, which includes 18 species of mammals, more than 30 species of reptiles and amphibians, and more than 140 species of birds.

The Kiawah Nature Conservancy was established in 1997 to preserve the excellent natural habitat of the island. To learn more about this grassroots organization, please CLICK HERE.