Nature Tips Blog Posts

Saving the Planet One Oyster at a Time

October 30th, 2018

Oysters are wicked cool. If looked at in a superficial manner, one might think, “What’s the big deal?” They are immobile, lackluster in color and seem to only inspire emotion when debating as to whether they are an epicurean delicacy or a disgustingly slimy mouthful. You have to dig a little deeper to discover the… Read More…

Gulf Fritillary Butterflies

September 25th, 2018

Throughout most of the year on Hilton Head, butterflies can be seen gathering nectar or flying along roadsides and waters’ edges. The fall in particular is a great time to spot butterflies along their migrations. These beautiful creatures come in a spectacular range of colors and the gulf fritillary is no exception, with its bright… Read More…

What’s SUP? Standup Paddleboarding Appeals to Adventurers.

September 18th, 2018

Standup paddleboarding, or SUP-ing, is generally considered to be a new addition to the leisure activity and sporting scene. If the scores of people signing up for Intro to SUP classes with Outside Hilton Head are any reflection, its popularity is continuing to grow among adventurers of any generation. Interestingly enough, the phenomenon of SUP-ing is… Read More…

How to Embrace the Lowcountry Lifestyle

August 29th, 2018

Article by Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort/PalmettoDunes.com There’s something very special about the Lowcountry lifestyle that defines coastal South Carolina. Lowcountry is more than a geographical region, it’s a unique way of living with a culture and cuisine all its own. It’s part of what makes a vacation at Palmetto Dunes so special, and it’s worth… Read More…

The Power of the Tides

August 1st, 2018

By Mike Overton, Outside Hilton Head In May of 1979, I was a fledgling college student with an idea of opening a windsurfing school. On a whim, a truck loaded six windsurfers and equal parts of excitement and anxiety into my car as we ventured into unknown territory. I had never traveled south of Washington,… Read More…

Fourth on the Water

June 29th, 2018

By Jessie Renew, Outside Hilton Head One of the most exciting days of the Hilton Head calendar is July 4th. Not only is it the best party of the year, it is also the pinnacle of our summer season—a reminder that there are only four more months of fun in the sun left before the sleepy,… Read More…

Water: Earth’s Best Substance

June 24th, 2018

By Jessie Renew, Outside Hilton Head Living in a coastal town like Hilton Head Island offers the opportunity to access the beach and the ocean on a regular basis. The interaction with this vast scenery contributes to the generally improved health of people who live on the coast. Water, from its macro form in shaping… Read More…

Sheepshead: The Fish With Human Teeth

May 15th, 2018

The aquatic ecosystem of Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry is home to a wide variety of animals working in harmony to create the beautiful natural places we enjoy. By Jessie Renew, Outside Hilton Head Among these is the abundant fishery comprised of hundreds of species of animals, all of whom are woven into the… Read More…

Roseate Spoonbills

April 29th, 2018

By Kathleen McMenamin Vicars, Master Naturalist Roseate spoonbills are becoming a more common sight throughout our Lowcountry marshes. They can commonly be spotted around low tides in our marshes, beak down in the water, looking for food. They are a beautiful sight with their pink feathers and distinct bill. Roseate Spoonbills, Platalea ajaja, almost disappeared… Read More…

Cownose Ray Comes Out To Play

April 22nd, 2018

By Kathleen McMenamin Vicars, Master Naturalist Hilton Head is home to a number of varietal species of rays, one of the most visually interesting being the cownose ray. During the spring over the past few years, an abundance of these rays have washed up along our Hilton Head shores. This is likely due to the… Read More…