South Carolina Preserve Challenge
We're challenging you to visit the places you're helping to protect.
As a supporter of The Nature Conservancy, YOU have done an incredible job protecting South Carolina’s most special and beautiful places. Now, we’re challenging you to discover—or rediscover—the preserves that your support has protected for future generations.
We’ve listed 11 places below that TNC members and partners have conserved over the years. Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to visit each of these places before Earth Day 2022.
Share your memories of each visit on social media using #TNCEarthDayChallenge. Once you’ve reached all 11, email Bea Girndt at email@example.com for a special chance to be highlighted in a future TNC publication!
Stumphouse Mountain Preserve/Wildlife Management Area
This is the site of the lovely Issaqueena Falls, which is important to Cherokee history, several historic railroad tunnels, and forests and streams with trails for the public to enjoy. Explore Stumphouse Mountain
Nine Times Preserve
Nine Times Preserve is the wildflower showcase of the Southern Blue Ridge. Smell the Flowers at Nine Times Preserve
Blue Wall Preserve
Looking 1,400 feet up the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment to views of Hogback Mountain and surrounding peaks, one can see how the Cherokee gave this preserve its nickname. Enjoy Spectacular Views at Blue Wall Preserve
Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve
Peachtree Rock Preserve is named for the large sandstone formation shaped like an upside-down pyramid. Diverse plant communities ranging from bogs to xeric sandhill scrub can be found here, including the federally endangered Rayner's blueberry. Visit Peachtree Rock
Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve
Located in Lancaster County, Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve encompasses 2,965 acres of the most diverse protected area in the Piedmont region, including granitic flatrocks and waterslides. See Forty Acre Rock
Webb Wildlife Center
Explore a black water wonderland through a double-feature Field Trip to the Webb Wildlife Center's canoe and nature trails, both within shouting distance of the Savannah River in Hampton County. Explore Webb Wildlife Center on Foot and by Canoe
The site of TNC’s first project in SC, Francis Beidler Forest is the world's largest virgin cypress-tupelo swamp forest. Learn More About Francis Beidler Forest
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, established April 6, 1927, consists of 31,551 acres of freshwater marshes, tidal rivers and creeks, and bottomland hardwoods. See Wildlife along the Savannah River
ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge
Rice plantations once covered this landscape, which now supports important waterfowl habitats. Go Birdwatching in the ACE Basin
Santee Coastal Reserve
Santee Coastal Reserve Wildlife Management Area was established by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources as a result of the purchase and donation of the property by TNC in 1974. Explore Santee Coastal Reserve
Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve
On this 10,427-acre preserve, you might spy animal tracks of deer, raccoon, fox, squirrel, quail and black bear, and, if you're lucky, catch a glimpse of these elusive animals. The preserve has the highest number of black bears anywhere in the state. Look for Wildlife at Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve