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Beach Discovery Tour
Beach Discovery Tour

Join a museum naturalist on a nature tour of the wonders and creatures that inhabit our local beaches. Ever wonder who lives in those holes in the sand? Or, when sea turtles come ashore to nest on Hilton Head Island? Learn about the horseshoe crab that has been lurking in our coastal waters for millions of years. Come explore our ever-changing marine environment at hidden Mitchelville Beach along Port Royal Sound. With its mud flats and sandy areas, this beach is ideal for finding beach creatures, shorebirds, and sea shells. Learn about how our beaches are formed and changed with each cycle of the tide. Meet docent at the picnic tables near the beach pathway for an orientation before heading to the beach.

Tuesdays at 10 a.m. June– August
Tuesdays at 2 p.m. September– May
$12 adult; $7 child (ages 4-12).
Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or register online.

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Birding at Pinckney Island
Birding at Pinckney Island

Tour participants will be guided through a walking tour of Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge by an experienced bird watcher. With a combination of natural habitats including Salt Marsh, Maritime Forest and open fields, the site allows participants to see many different species of birds. Depending on the season, diverse birds can be spotted: Summer Tanager, Eastern Kingbird, Painted Bunting, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Egrets, Herons and many, many others. Meets at Pinckney Island; Cost is $12.00 per person and you must be 12 years old to participate.

Select Wednesdays and Thursdays in 2017 – 7:30 AM on 6/7, 6/15, 6/21, 6/29, 9/6, 9/14, 9/20, 9/28, 10/4, 10/12, 10/18, 10/26, 11/1, 11/9,11/15, 11/23, 11/29, 12/6, 12/14, 12/20, 12/28
$12 per person (ages 12+)
Suggest good walking shoes and your own binoculars. Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or register online.

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Evening Sea Turtle Talk

Join us for an evening lecture and beach walk. Learn all about sea turtles, loggerhead nesting on Hilton Head Island, the Sea Turtle Protection Project, and how you can help! Enjoy a fascinating indoor presentation led by a Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Project staff member. Weather permitting, the presentation will continue on the beach to view a nest site. (You will not see live Sea Turtles during this presentation.)  All reservations for this program must be done by phone. Online reservations are not available for this tour. Please call 843-689-6767, ext. 223.

Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. June–August
$20 adult; $15 child (no children under 5)
Meeting location given out at time of reservation
Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223.

Exploring Pinckney Island
Pinckney Island Walk

Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge, located at the northern tip of Hilton Head Island, is a unique location full of Lowcountry history and natural beauty. This tour explores three different habitats: the Salt Marsh, the Maritime Forest, and a fresh water lagoon. The island’s Ibis Pond lagoon is known for its active wading-bird rookery which offers great bird watching opportunities between April and August. The island is also rich in cultural history and was home to General Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, a signer of the United States Constitution.

Thursdays at 2 PM (September through May)
Thursdays at 10 AM (June through August)

Adult $12; Child $7 (ages 4-12)
Tour meets at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge
Includes 1.5 miles round trip of walking
Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or register online.

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Forts of Port Royal
Forts of Port Royal

During the Civil War, Hilton Head Island was occupied by Union forces early in November 1861. The island’s proximity to Charleston and Savannah made it an important strategic location for the Union and was occupied throughout the War. On this guided history tour, learn about the Battle of Port Royal and the historic sites of Fort Walker and a later era Steam Cannon used for coastal defense.

Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
$12 adult; $7 child (ages 7-12). Please, no children under 7.
Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or register online.

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Uncovering the Roots of Reconstruction

A partnership with the Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island Land Trust and the Mitchelville Preservation Project offers a new tour to visit two historic sites connected to the Civil War and Reconstruction eras on Hilton Head Island.

Visit the site of the self-governing community of Mitchelville (est. 1862) to learn about the Port Royal Experiment and how freedom and reconstruction impacted the new citizens who lived there. Nearby, join a guide for a tour of Fort Howell, built in 1864 to protect the town of Mitchelville. Learn about the 32nd U.S. Colored Infantry troops who built the fort, the methods used to construct it, and the importance of its preservation. Preservation Project.

Fridays 9:30 – 11:30 AM (starting in October 2017)
$15 adults, $10 children (ages 6-12)
Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or register online

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