Nature Tips Blog Posts

The Lowcountry Oyster Trail Comes to the Hilton Head Area

February 17th, 2018

By Allison Hersh Hilton Head Island’s iconic mollusks take center stage as part of this new culinary heritage experience. “May River oysters are close to perfection!” – Pat Conroy, author of “Price of Tides”, “Beach Music” and “The Water Is Wide” The new Lowcountry Oyster Trail is an experiential tourism, economic development and environmental conservation initiative celebrating… Read More…

Coyotes in the Lowcountry

February 8th, 2018

Coyotes have been a part of Native American folklore for centuries. Some thought of them as tricksters, while others saw them as wise and powerful beings. They are cunning and intelligent animals whose physical ability is only strengthened by their endurance. With all of these qualities in one animal, it is no wonder that they… Read More…

Bare Trees: Learn how and why some trees lose their leaves in the winter.

January 2nd, 2018

“Nature now, like an athlete, begins to strip herself in earnest for her contest with her great antagonist, Winter. In the bare trees and twigs, what a display of muscle.”                         — Henry David Thoreau Have you ever wondered why trees lose all of… Read More…

Animals on Hilton Head Island

December 31st, 2017

It’s a wild world out there! Whether you choose to explore Hilton Head Island by land, sea or air, here is a guide to just a few of the creatures you might encounter on your next adventure. American Alligator Habitat: Freshwater Size: Can grow up to 15 feet long and weigh up to 1,000 pounds… Read More…

Have a Green Holiday Season

December 1st, 2017

There is no better time for locals on Hilton Head Island than the holidays. For the few weeks before Christmas, the community shares a closeness and warm spirit. It’s the best time of the year to go out and see holiday lights, enjoy holiday music, give back and shop! Unfortunately, this special time of year… Read More…

Oyster Shell Recycling

November 11th, 2017

At first glance, oysters may not appear to be the most exciting wildlife you can see in the Lowcountry. They don’t move, swim or bite. Their sharp shells make them difficult to get close to or to handle. However, these unassuming creatures are absolutely vital to the health and prosperity of the saltmarsh ecosystem. Oysters… Read More…

Gator Watching

October 25th, 2017

Native to the Island, alligators are often seen here, but they can be elusive during the heat of summer and the cold of winter. Alligators will go into a semi-hibernation period during the coldest months of the year, only emerging on the sporadic warm days we receive due to Hilton Head Island’s temperate climate. When… Read More…

Tidal Waters

October 11th, 2017

First-time visitors to Hilton Head get quite a surprise when they encounter our nearshore waterways. Unlike most coastal areas, there is no crisp divide between land and water on Hilton Head Island. Instead, our creeks and rivers are flanked by miles of tidal salt marsh. In fact, the states of Georgia and South Carolina are… Read More…

September Sightings in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve

September 25th, 2017

In search of adventure? Join H2O’s Alligator and Wildlife Tour to see if you can spot these creatures: American Alligator Alligators are plentiful on Hilton Head Island and live in freshwater. They can grow up to 15 feet long, weigh up to 1,000 pounds and can live up to 50 years in the wild. This… Read More…

Island Philanthropy

September 11th, 2017

For generations, Hilton Head has been a classic family vacation spot. The beaches, marshes, activities, restaurants and events make our Island a great place to visit and an even better place to live. One of the additional benefits of being an Islander is the culture of philanthropy woven into local life. A large percentage of… Read More…