at Guerin Creek, a tributary of Wando River near Francis Marion National Forest in Berkeley County, South Carolina.
Marsh and grasses at Guerin Creek, a tributary of Wando River near Francis Marion National Forest in Berkeley County, South Carolina. © Tom Blagden, Jr.

Nothing could be finer than life in South Carolina. For 50 years, you’ve made it that way.

Nothing could be finer!
Celebrate With Us Nothing could be finer!

Whether it’s rustling saltwater marshes; cold, sparkling waterfalls; or cathedral-like pines, there’s a special image that invokes “South Carolina” to each of us. For 50 years, supporters of The Nature Conservancy have protected these lands and waters.


Our first project in the Palmetto State was in 1969, when the Conservancy teamed up with the Audubon Society to protect Four Holes Swamp (what is today Audubon’s Francis Beidler Forest). Since then, you’ve made incredible things happen statewide, from saving Stumphouse Mountain in the Upstate to expanding endangered North Atlantic right whale habitat off our coasts.

A golden anniversary is a big deal, and we couldn’t have reached it without you. As we enter 2019, we’ll be celebrating (and hope you’ll join us!), but also planning. Because we don’t intend to stop here.


We’re excited to be kicking off a series of special Preserve Days and other fun events across the state in 2019. Keep an eye on our official events page for more details, but preliminary dates include:

  • February 13, 2019: Preserve Day at Santee Coastal Reserve/Washo Reserve (Lowcountry)
  • March 23, 2019: Sewee Fire Fest (Lowcountry)
  • April 27, 2019: Preserve Day at Peachtree Rock Preserve (Midlands)
  • May 2019: Preserve Day at Nine Times Preserve (Upstate)
  • September 2019: Preserve Day at ACE Basin (Lowcountry)
  • September 2019: Hawk Watch at Caesars Head State Park (Upstate)
  • October 2019: National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore at Riverbanks Zoo (Midlands)
  • March 2020: Preserve Day at 40-acre Rock (Upstate)
  • May 2020: Preserve Day at Nine Times Preserve (Upstate)
  • May 2020: Preserve Day at Blue Wall Preserve (Upstate)


It’s been an incredible 50 years, but there’s still much to be done. That’s why we’re launching the largest conservation campaign in our state’s history: $60 million. Your gifts already have brought us so close to this goal. Please consider helping us close the gap and prepare for the next 50 years.

Find out what we’re doing to:

  • Protect Critical Lands
  • Restore Native Forests
  • Safeguard Our Oceans
  • Secure Fresh Water
  • Connect Our World

Check back often to keep up-to-date with event details, exciting conservation wins and more!