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.

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.

TNC: 50th Anniversary in South Carolina Watch our special 50th anniversary video, featuring the stories of some of our most challenging and spectacular projects, told by those who worked on them firsthand.
Nothing could be finer!
Celebrate With Us Nothing could be finer!

A SHORT HISTORY

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.

LET’S CELEBRATE!

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:

  • June 1, 2019: Cedarleaf Farm Nature Walk and Historic House Tour
  • June 15, 2019: Wild Hope Farm Pickin’ Party
  • July 24, 2019: Purple Martin Migration Dinner Cruise
  • September 11, 2019: Preserve Day at South Fenwick Island (ACE Basin)
  • October 10, 2019: National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore at Riverbanks Zoo (Midlands)
  • May 2020: Preserve Day at Blue Wall Preserve (Upstate)

WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP

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. The Our South Carolina, Our Legacy campaign seeks to raise an ambitious $60 million to ensure we can protect our home, from the mountains to the sea. 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.

Campaign Goals: $60 million

  • Outright gifts and multi-year pledges: $24 million
    • Our Land: $4 million to protect critical lands
    • Our Forests: $5 million to restore native forests
    • Our Oceans: $4 million to safeguard our oceans
    • Our Fresh Water: $3 million to secure fresh water
    • Our World: $3 million to nurture global landscapes
    • Our Legacy: $5 million to grow a sustainable endowment
  • Planned giving: $36 million to ensure the future of nature

To participate in this historic campaign, please contact our Philanthropy Team: