Coastal Expeditions and Patrick McMillian to Host Lecture and Bulls Island Exploration

To help raise awareness and funding for the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge’s Sea Turtle Conservancy Program,  Charleston’s premier outdoor outfitter Coastal Expeditions (working alongside Friends of Coastal South Carolina and the Charleston Library Society) is offering the below two events on June 24 and 25, featuring six-time Emmy Award-winning TV show host and South Carolina native Patrick McMillian. An astounding 1,900 nests within the refuge boundaries were produced in 2015 but due to following storms (including Hurricane Matthew) that led to extensive damage to beaches, the program has recently experienced major budget shortfalls.

Please see below for more details on a unique lecture and Bulls Island Exploration occurring with Patrick McMillian on June 24 and 25 to help support the Sea Turtle Conservancy Program and let us know if you would like more information or are interested in experiencing either for yourself!

Thanks for your consideration,

Patrick McMillian Lecture at the Charleston Library Society -June 24 from 5-7 p.m.

Patrick McMillian will take a look at how we all impact the natural world around us in this engaging and fascinating lecture entitled “The Work of Human Hands: Shaping Our Landscape Past, Present and Future.” The lecture will be followed by a cocktail reception. Tickets are $50/person, $35/person with valid student or educator ID and can be purchased here.

Bulls Island Exploration with Patrick McMillian- June 25 (10-a.m.-1 p.m. OR 11 a.m.-2:15 p.m.)

Departing from Garris Landing in Awendaw aboard Coastal Expeditions’ Bulls Island Ferry, guests can explore Bulls Island with Patrick McMillan as their guide!  This is a special opportunity for guests of all ages to see the island through the eyes of this renowned naturalist and get a better understanding of the work that is being done to protect species and habitats in South Carolina. Guests will traverse the island "safari-style" on trailers with bench seating so that we can see as many of the significant habitats of the island as they can, including Boneyard Beach. Tickets are $40/person and can be purchased here.

More about Patrick McMillian:

Patrick McMillan is a South Carolina naturalist, botanist, ornithologist and explorer with a curiosity for the world around him. He is the director for the South Carolina State Botanical Garden, the Bob Campbell Geology Museum and the Clemson Experimental Forest. Patrick is the Glenn and Heather Hilliard Professor of Environmental Sustainability at Clemson University, where his is also a faculty member in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation. His show, “Expeditions with Patrick McMillan,” examines landscapes throughout North and South America-- including Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge!