Pinckney Island Programs and Accessibility Project
Pinckney Island Tours
Our FREE Pinckney Island NWR programs include shuttle and bike tours for the general public. Our shuttle tours are also for those that are accessibility challenged.
We have held nature tours for over two years. It is been an outstanding success with great reviews from the public. You can be a part of this rewarding program by volunteering.Volunteers are needed to assist the Friends and Refuge staff improve visitors experiences at Pinckney Island NWR, fulfilling the promise of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry grant for the equipment we purchased for the tours: 15-seat electric shuttle (big golf cart), bikes, binoculars and much more.
Please consider volunteering for one or more of the volunteer positions. There are no time obligations. After you are trained and submitted paperwork, just signup up online when you have time to volunteer for a tour.
Visitor Assistants - Two Visitor Assistants are assigned to the visitor table during tours and at other times to assist refuge visitors. VA’s check-in people registered for a tour and inform other visitors about the refuge including providing a map, birds/butterfly identification flyers and current sightings. It is enjoyable talking with refuge visitors from all over world!
Docents: Shuttle & Bike Tours - Docents lead the tours - must be accredited.
Shuttle Drivers – Drive the shuttle (a big golf cart) during tours.
Group Accessibility Tour Coordinator - Group tours are for organizations with accessibility challenged members. You will introduce these groups to our shuttle tours and coordinate the tours. You will also ensure that these types of groups in our area are aware of our accessibility shuttle tours.
Publicity - Work on our publicity team to inform the public of our tours and services.
Online Volunteer Event Signup: Once you are trained for one of tour positions you can signup for a specific tour on our website.
Training: All positions require: (a) training for the specific position and (b) Refuge Volunteer Training Seminar, and (c) a Member of the Friends of the Savannah Coastal Refuges. The Refuge training seminar is held a couple of times a year but is not immediately needed to start volunteering. Each volunteer position requires specific training which is describer below.
Volunteer Documents: Volunteer documents need to be signed. Go to Documents section in the and return the signed required documents to Judy (firstname.lastname@example.org). Continue to volunteer while completing the documents. Note: The Refuge Training Session is not needed immediately. When the next session is announced you can attend. Please contact Judy Eastman (email@example.com) if you have any questions.