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Kayak More of the Lowcountry

Program Number: 21344RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/23/2014 - 3/28/2014; 4/10/2016 - 4/15/2016; 10/16/2016 - 10/21/2016; 11/13/2016 - 11/18/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Knowles Island, South Carolina
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Water Sports Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Explore by river, creek and canal a beautiful region rich in water, wildlife and Southern culture. Drift down blackwater rivers draped in Spanish moss as birds flit from cypress to tupelo and turtles sun on fallen trees. Observe the changes in flora and fauna as you paddle down creeks until freshwater becomes salt and egrets soar over the marsh grass. Kayak through historic rice canals and watch history unfurl before you.


• Go deep into salt marshes and blackwater rivers as you test your endurance and try out new paddle strokes taught by expert instructors.
• Hear echoes of the past as you paddle through abandoned rice fields and canals, mute testaments to days gone by, and rich with wildlife.
• Enjoy contemporary twists on authentic Southern cuisine: like Lowcountry Boil, Chicken Bog, Hoppin' John, and homemade desserts!

Activity Particulars

Program for experienced and fit paddlers. Includes advanced instruction that assumes some knowledge of strokes and techniques such as feathered paddling. Trips require paddling up to 14 miles a day often against tidal current or wind; sitting in kayak up to four hours at a time; currents, wind affect paddling difficulty. Lifting and carrying kayaks and gear. Moderate walking, uneven terrain.

Beginning to intermediate kayakers, those who do not paddle regularly, and paddlers with less stamina, please see program #12440.

Coordinated by LifeTides Institute.

Knowles Island

The freshwater Broad River flows past stands of live oaks into salty tidal marshes in this region of South Carolina’s Low Country off the southern-most tip of the state. This serene island attracts naturalists, birders and artists with miles of wooded and marshland trails and more than 250 species of birds.

Charming shared cottages on Knowles Island with porch, kitchen.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Jody Tinsley

Believing that "there is nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats," Jody Tinsley's 25 years of experience and his certifications as a South Carolina Master Naturalist and Wilderness First Responder serve him well in his vocation. An American Canoe Association certified trip leader and trainer for Wildwater Rafting on the Chattooga River, Jody shares his enthusiasm for nature, people and teaching throughout his Road Scholar adventures.
April Childress

A native of South Carolina, April Childress has been sea kayaking for more than a decade. She and husband Jody Tinsley have been popular instructors for Road Scholar programs, and together they have kayaked in the Lower Exumas; rafted the Grand Canyon; served on a Mars Society research team in the Canadian High Arctic; and photographed blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos. April thinks there is no place in the world like South Carolina, and no better way to explore it than by water.
Meals and Lodgings
   Palm Key community of cottages
  Palm Key community of cottages 5 nights
 Palm Key community of cottages
Type: Other
  Description: Just 15 minutes from I-95, our Palm Key community nestles on a marsh island near the headwaters of the Broad River. Knowles Island (formerly Deloss) is a Lowcountry masterpiece. At 350 acres, Knowles is the largest island of the area's chain of salt marsh islands, or Keys. Historically part of Roseland Plantation, Knowles Island today is serene and natural: salt breezes waft through Spanish moss hanging from massive live oaks. Today, 750 acres of protected salt marsh flora and aquatic inhabitants surround us. We are, in fact, spoiled: over the course of the year, a visitor might encounter 250 species of birds in the area. Palm Key’s nature trails give visitors the opportunity to encounter all sorts of wildlife in the nearby woods.
  Contact info: 330 Coosaw Way #46
Ridgeland, SC 29936 USA
phone: 843-726-5565
  Room amenities: Road Scholars share beautifully decorated 2, 3, 4, or 5-bedroom cottages, all with private baths. Linens are provided, but there is no maid or laundry service. Wide porches invite scholars to relax with a book in the swing or chat with others over drinks. Inside, the open floor plans encourage conversation and visiting. Each air-conditioned cottage has a friendly, open living room and full-sized kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave, and coffee maker (bring your favorite coffee). Cottages have washers and dryers, so Scholars can pack light if they bring laundry soap! Large bedrooms have two comfortable queen-sized beds and private bath with plush towels. (Toiletries are not provided.) If you blow dry your hair, you’ll want to bring a hair dryer. All cottages have ceiling fans, comfortable furniture, local art, and large windows. Palm Key’s cottages have been designed to encourage visitors to look out—to live oaks covered in Spanish moss, to the sun rising over the Broad River marsh, to birds flying over the pond. Note: Most cottages have steps, but if you have special needs, please contact us. Our cottages have no TV’s or telephones to lure you away to the world you left behind. Wireless internet is intermittent. Not all cell phones will have reception throughout Palm Key; Verizon appears to have the fewest dropped calls. Contact LifeTides Institute (843-726-5565 or if you have special needs.
  Facility amenities: Ours is a casual community focused on the peaceful enjoyment of nature. Arranged around our private paved-and-gravel drive are luxury-home style cottages that offer a great place to relax after a full day of activities. Wide porches invite scholars to unwind with a book in the swing or chat with others over drinks. Inside, the open floor plans encourage conversation and visiting. Delicious meals are served buffet-style in one of the cottages, and special dietary needs are sure to be accommodated. Preference is given to organic and local ingredients. We specialize in lowcountry cooking, serve up lots of vegetables and salads, and try to keep in mind that active scholars have healthy appetites but often have to watch their salt intake and cholesterol. Vegetarians are well taken care of. These accommodations are anything but rustic--scholars come again and again just to stay here and enjoy our food! Note: those who wish to enjoy adult beverages while here may wish to bring those when they come, as Palm Key is a number of miles from shops and stores.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Discounted from regular rate. We would love to have you stay before or after your program to enjoy more of what the Palm Key community and the lowcountry have to offer. We can make suggestions of activities (in fact, we may be able to arrange a special event for a group of interested Scholars), or you may just enjoy resting up. Either way, we'd be glad to assist you and hope you'll consider extending your stay. Contact LifeTides Institute: 843-726-5565 or for dates, pricing, and arrangements.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Discounted from regular rate. We would love to have you stay before or after your program to enjoy more of what the Palm Key community and the lowcountry have to offer. We can make suggestions of activities (in fact, we may be able to arrange a special event for a group of interested Scholars), or you may just enjoy resting up. Either way, we'd be glad to assist you and hope you'll consider extending your stay. Contact LifeTides Institute: 843-726-5565 or for dates, pricing, and arrangements.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in starting at 4:00pm. Starting at 5:30 pm, meet and greet other participants before dinner in the dining room. Dinner begins at 6:00. You will be staying at Palm Key community of cottages that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after a delicious lowcountry breakfast. Check out by 11:00 AM. You will be staying at Palm Key community of cottages the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. To protect the community, participants will be required to sign a 'Hold Harmless' agreement when they arrive on site.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available at no additional charge.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Palm Key community of cottages
  Nearest city or town:  Ridgeland, SC, 29936
  Nearest highway: I-95
  Nearest airport:  Savannah International Airport, Savannah, GA
  From End of Program
  Location: Palm Key community of cottages
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Savannah International Airport


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Rental Car Companies
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


45 Minutes 




30 Miles


Ground Transportation Information available from the Savannah Airport Website: Both shuttles and rental cars are available by reservation. If you'd like to share a vehicle with another Scholar, click on the Road Scholar Connection link (on the first page of the program, right above the program description) to post a note about sharing a car.


Savannah International Airport


From Airport




Colonial Cab
phone: 912-414-8691
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Varies. Please call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


45 Minutes 




30 Miles


Colonial Cab Co regularly makes the trip to and from our location. (We have had good reviews from Scholars about the service and drivers.) The company generally charges around $75 for a one way trip from the airport to Palm Key. If you'd like to share a vehicle with another Scholar, click on the Road Scholar Connection link (on the first page of the program, right above the program description) to post a note about sharing a cab ride. Email

Driving Directions
  I-95 From South Carolina I-95, take Exit 28 (Coosawhatchie). Turn East/southeast (towards Hilton Head) on to HWY 462. Go approximately 5 miles; turn left at the billboard that is Navy blue and says Independence Fund at Palm Key. Travel approximately 1.5 miles. Look for the Palm Key sign on a low white fence on the left. Turn left into Palm Key and follow our signs to the check-in. You will be arriving at cottage number 49.
Elevation Note: The community is located on Knowles Island, on the Broad River.

Equipment Requirements: LifeTides Institute supplies all necessary boating equipment--kayaks, PFD’s, and paddles. If you have your own kayak, PFD, and/or paddle and would like to have it with you or believe it would add to your happiness over the week, do bring it along! Some participants prefer to use their own equipment, and that’s all right with us.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: After you check-in at the lovely Palm Key community, explore the grounds, and meet your fellow scholars at a little party before dinner.
(Sunday, March 23)

Note: Check in, settle in, and meet the scholars sharing your cottage or lodge. Join us for a little "meet and greet" before supper. An orientation to the week's activities will follow the meal.

 Afternoon: Arrive at Palm Key's community of cottages between 4:00-5:00 pm to check in and pick up program materials. Meet your group leaders, have a brief introduction to the site, and find your cottage. Once you are settled into your room, meet the others who are sharing your cottage and enjoy a chat on the back porch. At 5:30 pm, join us at the Community Cottage for appetizers and a little gathering before dinner.
 Dinner: You are probably hungry after traveling, so enjoy the first of our many sumptuous lowcountry suppers, served at 6:00 pm. The food here is often organic and always prepared on site, and our kitchen staff is happy to accommodate your dietary requirements. Our private chefs have worked to create a delicious, healthy fare with local flavor. Join other scholars at the table to compare notes about previous programs and follow up on earlier conversations. Don't miss the dessert!
 Evening: After supper, it's time to talk more formally about the week's activities and fun! Join us for a short orientation as the instructors share specific plans for the week and answer any questions you have about the program, facilities, and gear. Share with the group your kayak experience, expectations, and goals for the week. We'll make it an early night, as you're probably tired from traveling, and tomorrow is a big day!!
Accommodations: Palm Key community of cottages
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Paddle on Broad River, Trestle to Cotton Island. Safety talk, orientation to equipment, and our first paddle.
(Monday, March 24)

Note: Be prepared for a big day! For a while this morning, we'll discuss equipment, techniques, and safety. Then it’s off to explore the Lowcountry by kayak. After supper, enjoy an interactive evening program. Because this is an active outdoor program, our itinerary is a model one. We try to take advantage of changes in weather and tides to show you the best variety of kayaking locales that the lowcountry has to offer. Day-to-day changes may be made for the group’s safety or convenience.

 Breakfast: Breakfast served at 8:00 am. Fuel up on our sumptuous lowcountry breakfast--you'll have an active day! Have oatmeal, eggs; you'll find something you like. Come dressed for paddling, and don't forget to prepare your bag lunch from the delectable variety of options provided. Put an extra snack in your pocket in case you get the mid-morning munchies.
 Morning: We’ll have a short review of equipment and safety. Then you’ll be fitted for a PFD (which you’ll keep all week), and we’ll take a look at the types of kayaks we'll be using. We offer a variety of solo boats, and you’ll get a chance to try several over the course of the week. Throughout the program, we’ll discuss ways to make kayak outings more convenient and safe, and we’ll share techniques to help you paddle more efficiently. But right now, once we've loaded those boats on the trailer, off we go to a nearby saltwater river. See Wood Storks fly overhead as you paddle and chat with your fellow Scholars.
 Lunch: Lunch is out and about today; we'll find a place to pull over if we can and enjoy those delicious sandwiches and treats we prepared at breakfast. Hold out a snack for later-- your lunch calories might need reinforcement through the afternoon.
 Afternoon: We’ll continue our exploration of the salt creek environment. Here, we become acquainted with the gooey pluff mud (it’s everywhere), the local cord grass, Spartina alternaflora, and the many birds who thrive in this environment. Meet the periwinkles, the fiddler crabs, and the blue crabs.
 Dinner: Back on site and cleaned up, enjoy a glass of iced tea along with your leisurely lowcountry dinner, served at 6:30 pm. The menu’s created to please us, and it always does. Tonight, what’s for supper? Will it be Chicken Bog? Or black-eyed peas and collard greens? Always check out what's at the end of the buffet, so you can save room for what's to come.
 Evening: Evening: After dinner, join us for our evening program. Priorities for our side trips and evening programs this week will be the lowcountry's natural environment, boating activities, and locale. Topics for presentations may include Port Royal Sound and Estuaries, Why Knot? Shore Birds of the Lowcountry, The Haunted South, A Prowl with the Owls, Sweetgrass Baskets, Camping by Kayak, Legends and Fairy Tales of the Lowcountry, and more.
Accommodations: Palm Key community of cottages
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cuckold Creek. Today, a little sightseeing, then we're off into the ACE Basin to explore by kayak. At the end of the day, we meet again for a delicious supper and a fun evening program.
(Tuesday, March 25)

Note: Be prepared for an active day! Come to breakfast dressed for paddling. Ahead of us, we've more opportunities for kayaking--and sightseeing--in the beautiful South Carolina lowcountry. Bring money with you on our outing today, in case you find a souvenir you can't live without! We paddle today in the ACE Basin, known worldwide for its abundant wildlife and natural beauty. You'll see why.

 Breakfast: Start the morning out right with a delicious lowcountry breakfast at 8:00 am. Is today the day you'll try grits? Or is oatmeal more your style? Choices abound, but be sure to fill your plate: you'll need energy for today's paddle! And don't forget, you'll want to pack your lunch before going back to your cottage to make your final preparations for the day. Save out a snack for later in the morning.
 Morning: As we did yesterday, we will load up in the van--but this time, we'll be heading out after breakfast to explore a different waterway. (Each day, your instructors will try to show you a different aspect of the lowcountry--salt water, brackish water, blackwater.) On our way to the put-in, we may stop at a local historical plantation house where you'll enjoy the atmosphere as well as have the opportunity to purchase a souvenir of the lowcountry. Take group photos beneath the stately live oaks, or check out the remains of old earthworks behind the house. After the visit to Frampton Plantation, we'll travel into the ACE Basin to the tiny landing at Cuckold Creek, where we will launch our colorful boats and begin exploring. Cuckold Creek is blackwater, and we’ll see how its flora and fauna differ from those of a salt marsh. Today, we’re seeing cypress knees, turtles, and Spanish moss. We’ll explore the remains of rice-fields, paddling through the 90-degree turns connecting one channel to the next. We’ll learn about old rice trunks, or gates, by which fresh water was lifted into the fields by the tide.
 Lunch: Once again, we'll picnic while on our paddle. We can chat about our paddling and rest up a bit while enjoying our sandwiches, trail mix, and fruit. Keep out a snack for extra fuel during the afternoon.
 Afternoon: More paddling--after all, this program offers MORE of a good thing: more paddling, more scenery, more wildlife and saltwater breezes. Be sure to stay hydrated--always keep your water bottle handy! Once on the water, startled herons, surprised to see us, swoop from tree to tree along the river ahead of our kayaks. In the distance, alligators quietly sink beneath the water’s surface to avoid us.
 Dinner: At 6:30, we'll meet once again for another lovely lowcountry meal. Swap stories about the day's adventures with your table-mates. Of course you’ll have a lovely green salad, but what else is on the menu? Maybe Hoppin’ John? Look for the delicious Lemonade Pie on the dessert table. It won’t matter what we have--it’s all good!
 Evening: This evening, join us our special program. The LifeTides Institute is known for its engaging presenters and interesting evening activities. We try to provide a sampling of programs to please every taste.
Accommodations: Palm Key community of cottages
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Paddle at Walnut Pond/Corner Lake. Today’s outing takes us to a blackwater swamp, where we might hear Barred Owls asking, “Whoo cooks for youuuuu? Whooo cooks for you all?”
(Wednesday, March 26)

Note: Note: Today is very special--we’re visiting a cypress-tupelo swamp, accessible only if there’s been enough rain in the area. We’ll paddle single-file between trees and over floating logs, transported into another world.

 Breakfast: What will it be this morning? Ham and eggs? Homemade bread? Or maybe a bowl of fruit? Every day, you can have something different. But don't be late: breakfast begins at 8:00, and we have a busy day ahead! Allow time to prepare your bag lunch before making final preparations for a big day. Save a snack out for later.
 Morning: This is a special day, and we’re all excited: our trip into a cypress swamp! Walnut Pond is a challenging, mysterious place. We’ll thread our way single file past cypress knees, tupelo trees, and waving muscadine vines, scooting over fallen logs in our way. We’ll look out for Ibis and other birds. Besides birds, a variety of wildlife can be found here--deer, pigs, armadillo, crawfish, and more. But it’s water and the forest--the reflections--that move us and draw us in.
 Lunch: Once again, we enjoy a bag lunch. Sample the variety--peanut butter, turkey, black bean wraps, veggies, fruit, and of course a delicious cookie. You’ve earned it! Be sure to save out a snack for later.
 Afternoon: Our paddle in the swamp continues after lunch as we turn and paddle back. Could you find your way back to our landing? The route isn’t always clear in the trees, but your instructors can find their way. Once back, we'll see how fast we can get that trailer loaded, as more fun awaits us back at Palm Key!
 Dinner: Will it be barbeque chicken with rice, or salmon with black-eyed pea salad? Whatever the menu, you're going to enjoy our delicious supper at 6:30 pm. You'll find special delights no matter where you look!
 Evening: You don't want to miss our engaging evening program. We pride ourselves in keeping you awake till bedtime!
Accommodations: Palm Key community of cottages
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Coosawhatchie River to Dawson’s Landing. A wonderful paddle awaits us today as we explore another local waterway. Your instructors are trying to work with the wind and tide to maximize our fun!
(Thursday, March 27)

Note: Be prepared for another workout today: more paddling and more loading boats on the trailer! But our muscles are getting stronger as we improve our paddling technique this week. The trick is abs, not arms!

 Breakfast: As always, be sure to fuel up with a delicious lowcountry breakfast, beginning at 8:00 am. Whether you are trying grits for the first time or slathering jelly on enormous biscuits, you'll be happy you woke up in time for this meal. Don't forget to pack your bag lunch--and save out a snack for the morning!
 Morning: The morning brings an opportunity for more exploration of the lowcountry by kayak. We’re kayaking MORE today, for sure! Our plan is to paddle from a small blackwater river down to wide, open saltwater. In blackwater, we’ll see warblers flitting in the trees, maples swaying above us, and fishing holes where the locals try their luck. Once on the saltwater section, we’ll likely notice buoys marking crab pots, hear Clapper Rails applauding, and see cormorants drying their wings.
 Lunch: We’ll gather for a picnic on our outing today, fueling up for our expedition. What treats did you stow in your bag lunch today? Have you tried the homemade hummus?
 Afternoon: Our paddle continues this afternoon. Though you’re surrounded by water when you’re paddling, it’s easy to become dehydrated—so always keep your water bottle handy. There's nowhere to get out of the boats onto the dark, sticky pluff mud, so be prepared to sit in your kayak even during our snack break. But it won't be too long till you're back at Palm Key and ready to dive into some supper and participate in our evening program. The group reveals its easy teamwork when we load the boats back on the trailer one last time and turn the van homewards towards our cottages and much-needed showers.
 Dinner: This delicious lowcountry dinner will be one to remember! Enjoy local oysters as an appetizer, and learn how to shuck them from people who know how. Meanwhile, the kitchen crew is preparing something extra-tasty in the kitchen. During supper, we can share our stories of the day and swap email addresses with new friends.
 Evening: After dinner, you won’t want to miss the wrap-up party. This is our last evening, and we can’t let it go by without doing something special. Everyone will find something to enjoy as we share highlights from the week and reminisce about our adventures. Perhaps we'll plan to meet here again sometime. You don’t want to miss the party--but to tell you more right now would be to spoil it!
Accommodations: Palm Key community of cottages
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: We'll share one last filling, delicious breakfast together as we take a break from packing and getting ready for . . . who knows? Please don't forget to share your contact information with us so that we can keep in touch.
(Friday, March 28)

Note: Today we say good-bye to new friends and paddling partners. But perhaps we'll say "see you soon, or see you next time!" Scholars often return to see us and bring their friends, and we hope you will do the same. Please turn in your name tags and lanyards before you leave us, so we can use the materials again. Thanks so much for joining us for Kayak MORE of the Lowcountry!

 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00, and your last chance for grits! If you haven’t tried them yet, you just have to have some today. And yes, you’ll find the usual delectable buffet of eggs, bacon or ham, fruit, delicious bread, oatmeal, cereal—whatever your stomach desires! You’ll want to eat hardily, as today you will be packing up and leaving us for wherever your road takes you.
 Morning: This morning, after telling parting stories, asking questions, issuing invitations, or listening to one more joke from you-know-who, it’s off to pack up and prepare for departure. We hope you’ll stay in the area and do some more exploring—and/or kayaking--ask the staff for recommendations and directions. We’d love to share more of South Carolina and the lowcountry with you!
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Palm Key community of cottages Beaufort, SC
A lovely riverfront city with historic Antebellum homes, a marina, shopping, walking and horse-and-wagon tours, and a lovely park on the Beaufort River. For additional information, visit
  Bluffton, SC
A small town with numerous art galleries, thrift stores, cafes (including a local favorite, the Squat and Gobble), and a lovely church on the bluff. On the way to Hilton Head Island. For additional information, visit
  Hilton Head Island, SC
Hilton Head Island is known for its golf courses, outlet malls, and attraction to tourists. Locals enjoy Signe's Bakery and numerous thrift stores chock-full of bargains. For additional information, visit
  Hunting Island State Park
Hunting Island, one of South Carolina's most visited state parks, is a lovely place to spend some time walking on the beaches or cycling along the paved paths around the island. Many photographic opportunities. Check out the lighthouse, constantly in danger from erosion, erosion which is all-too-visible on the beaches, where the stark remains of fallen trees remind us of the ocean's power. For additional information, visit
  Penn Center
The Penn Center, on St. Helena Island, was one of the first schools for freed slaves after the Civil War. Today it stands to "promote and preserve the history and the culture of the Sea Islands" and is an important center for African American cultural and historic preservation. For additional information, visit
  Savannah River Wildlife Refuge
The Refuge consists of "29,000 acres of freshwater marshes, tidal rivers and creeks and bottomland hardwoods" just ripe for exploration. On the Atlantic Flyway, the Refuge offers many opportunities to birders and animal-watchers to observe Its rich wildlife population. For additional information, visit
  Savannah, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia, just an hour away, is an important coastal city full of history and culture. (It's also the home of the bench Forrest Gump sat on.) Take a free ferry across the river; explore the shops and riverfront; take a carriage ride; relax in one of the many fine restaurants. For additional information, visit
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America

Author: David Sibley

Description: THE standard field guide to birds. Easy to use, good illustrations, range maps with each bird. During our birding programs, our instructors may be making reference to this guide by page number. It's excellent!

Nature Guide to the Carolina Coast: Common Birds, Crabs, Shells, Fish, and other Entities of the Coastal Environment (2n...

Author: Peter Meyer

Description: General, practical, and short. Readable, entertaining guide recently expanded, updated, and revised.

A Coast for All Seasons: A Naturalist's Guide to the Coast of South Carolina

Author: Miles O. Hayes, Jacqueline Michel and Joseph M. Holmes

Description: Technical but readable discussions of beach erosion and our dynamic coastline. Beautifully illustrated with photos, drawings, and satellite images, this book will delight geology buffs and others drawn to the Carolina coast.

Looking for Longleaf: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest

Author: Lawrence S. Earley

Description: Our naturalist Bill Hamel says this is the "best all around for naturalists and history lovers." Longleaf pine forests are a special ecosystem and home to the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker.

South Carolina Naturalists: An Anthology, 1700-1860

Author: David Taylor and Rudy Mancke

Description: Hardcover. "This volume illuminates the wealth and significance of antebellum natural history studies in South Carolina and the state's natural diversity," says the product description; our Bill Hamel notes that it's "great all around for naturalists and history lovers."

Confederates in the Attic

Author: Tony Horwitz

Description: April Childress says this is one of the funniest, most poignant, appalling, and clear pictures of the modern South's relationship to the Civil War she's ever seen. She says Horwitz (not a Southerner) is a great writer, no matter his topic, and here he jumps into his topic with both muddied feet. From the Book Description: When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again this time from a war close to home, and to his own heart. Propelled by his boyhood passion for the Civil War, Horwitz embarks on a search for places and people still held in thrall by America's greatest conflict. The result is an adventure into the soul of the unvanquished South, where the ghosts of the Lost Cause are resurrected through ritual and remembrance. In Virginia, Horwitz joins a band of 'hardcore' reenactors who crash-diet to achieve the hollow-eyed look of starved Confederates; in Kentucky, he witnesses Klan rallies and calls for race war sparked by the killing of a white man who brandishes a rebel flag; at Andersonville, he finds that the prison's commander, executed as a war criminal, is now exalted as a martyr and hero; and in the book's climax, Horwitz takes a marathon trek from Antietam to Gettysburg to Appomattox in the company of Robert Lee Hodge, an eccentric pilgrim who dubs their odyssey the 'Civil Wargasm.' Written with Horwitz's signature blend of humor, history, and hard-nosed journalism, Confederates in the Attic brings alive old battlefields and new ones 'classrooms, courts, country bars' where the past and the present collide, often in explosive ways. Poignant and picaresque, haunting and hilarious, it speaks to anyone who has ever felt drawn to the mythic South and to the dark romance of the Civil War.

Nature Guide to the Carolina Coast: Common Birds, Crabs, Shells, Fish, and other Entities of the Coastal Environment (2nd edition)

Author: Peter Meyer

Description: Copied from Book Description: "Nature Guide to the Carolina Coast, second edition, is a completely updated, revised, and expanded version of the book originally published in 1991. It is a practical, entertaining, reader-friendly guide to the common animals, plants, and environment of the Carolina coast. Fully illustrated, with over 150 color photographs to aid with identification of over 120 subjects, plus additional drawings with in-depth information on each subject. Scientifically accurate, yet written in language the lay public can understand. It is a perfect resource for coastal residents and visitors along the North Carolina/South Carolina, and even the Georgia coast. A beachcomber's handbook; valuable to any seaside explorer."

The Prince of Tides

Author: Pat Conroy

Description: Pat Conroy's novel captures the beauty of the lowcountry as it moves from present to past and back again. Made into a movie by the same title starring Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte. Narrated by Tom Wingo, the novel explores the relationships between members of a dysfunctional family as it moves between the lowcountry to Manhattan. Shrimping, good description of salt marshes.

The Spirit of Sweetgrass

Author: Nicole Seitz

Description: Seitz's main character is Essie Mae Laveau Jenkins, a Gullah sweetgrass basketmaker who weaves her magic on the roadside near Mt. Pleasant. With her special love baskets, she works to brings people together. Conflict ensues when her daughter wants her to go to a rest home, and the florist she's been trying to fix up turns out to be gay. Sweetgrass making, roadside basket sellers in the Charleston area, mystery, comedy, family relationships, friends.

The Water is Wide

Author: Pat Conroy

Description: Pat Conroy's memoir about teaching on Daufuskee Island in a one-room schoolhouse. The book was made into the movie Conrack, starring Jon Voight. Sense of place and people. Product Description from publisher: The island is nearly deserted, haunting, beautiful. Across a slip of ocean lies South Carolina. But for the handful of families on Yamacraw island, America is a world away. For years the people here lived proudly from the sea, but now its waters are not safe. Waste from industry threatens their very existence--unless, somehow, they can learn a new life. But they will learn nothing without someone to teach them, and their school has no teacher. Here is PAT CONROY'S extraordinary drama based on his own experience: the true story of a man who gave a year of his life to an island and the new life its people gave him.

Tideland Treasure

Author: Todd Balantine

Description: Our naturalist Bill Hamel says this is "a bible around here." Hand-drawn illustrations enhance the explanations. Each page was once an article in the local paper. Written for regular folks, there's information to satisfy trained naturalists.

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