Event description

Field Trip:

Discover the diversity of wildlife and beautiful habitat that Pinckney National Wildlife Refuge has to offer. Experience the maritime forest, salt marsh, and freshwater ponds. Search for birds, butterflies, plants, alligators, and so much more.

This will include a 1.5 mile, 1.5 hour hike with no restrooms so it is recommended for ages 7+ but you know your child – if they can make the walk then they may join us.

Students need to dress for outdoor environmental education: Sturdy shoes, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, rain jacket, etc. Please check the weather.
Please meet in the parking lot of Pinckney National Wildlife Refuge. Carpool if possible to ease parking for our group or meet at the boat landing parking lot and carpool over to the Pinckney Island parking lot. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bug spray. There are no restrooms at this location.

Information about the island:

Pinckney Island NWR, established December 4, 1975, was once included in the plantation of Major General Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, a prominent lawyer active in South Carolina politics from 1801 to 1815. Few traces of the island’s plantation in the 1800’s exist today. From 1937 to 1975, when it was donated to the Fish and Wildlife Service, Pinckney Island was privately owned and managed as a game preserve.

The 4,053 acre refuge includes Pinckney Island, Corn Island, Big and Little Harry Islands, Buzzard Island and numerous small hammocks. Pinckney is the largest of the islands and the only one open to public use. Nearly 67% of the refuge consists of salt marsh and tidal creeks. A wide variety of land types are found on Pinckney Island alone: salt marsh, forestland, brushland, fallow field and freshwater ponds. In combination, these habitats support a diversity of bird and plant life. Wildlife commonly observed on Pinckney Island include waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, raptors, neo-tropical migrants, white-tailed deer and American alligators, with large concentrations of white ibis, herons, and egrets.

The refuge is located in Beaufort County, South Carolina and is 1/2 miles west of Hilton Head Island off of U.S. Highway 278. The island is bounded by Skull Creek (the Intracoastal Waterway) on the east, Mackay Creek on the west, and its northern tip faces Port Royal Sound. From I-95, take SC Exit 8 east towards Hilton Head Island approximately 16 miles to the entrance gate on the left.


This tour requires registration. Please note all participation information. Let’s learn together!

The price of your registration includes a small online processing fee.