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Event Schedule & Reservations

Pinckney Island Programs & Accessibility Tours


Shuttle & Bike Nature Tours 

Schedule & Reservations

Our tours are free to the public.  

Donations are needed to help defray expenses.  

Scheduled Nature Programs - Reservations Required  - See below

Accessibility Challenged?  Our shuttle tours are easy to get on & off and you do not have to leave the shuttle during the tour.  If anyone has trouble walking the shuttle driver will pick them up at their car in the parking lot. 

See >> Tour Guidelines 

Shuttle Tour Description - The tour is an hour and a half in our 15-seat electric shuttle.  There is a docent that is qualified as a Master Naturalist.  The tour is from the parking lot to Ibis Pond and Starr Pond with commentary during the tour. Note that the itinerary is subject to change.  There is an optional walk around Ibis Pond.  If you do not want to walk, you can stay on the shuttle with the driver (usually trained as a docent) and see a view of Ibis Pond from the shuttle. 

Wildlife commonly observed on Pinckney Island include waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, raptors, neo-tropical migrants, white-tailed deer and American alligators, with large concentrations of white ibis, herons and egrets. Active rookeries of wading birds are a major draw during spring, and painted buntings and other passerines are the main attraction during summertime.

Bike Tour Description - Similar to our shuttle tours.  

Children: (1) Must be registered.  (2) Always seated. Note: there are no seat belts on the shuttle.  (3) The tour is not suitable for children under 10. (3) Must be under constant adult supervision and not disturb the tour commentary and passengers.  (3) Not allowed on a passengers lap.      

    Accessibility tours are ONLY booked by contacting John at PKYtours@gmail.com

    Donation Requested - our tours are free and to defray our expenses please,

    Donate (suggested) - $10 per person   
    Join the Friends - $15 Single Membership
    - $25 Family Membership 

    Tour Registration

    July 2018 Tour Reservations  -  Shuttle Tours start at 9:30 am  

      July 24      Shuttle:   Tuesday   9:30 - 11:00 Shuttle Tour  >>  Reserve

      July 31      Shuttle:   Tuesday   9:30 - 11:00 Shuttle Tour  >>  Reserve

    August 2018 Tour Reservations  -  Shuttle Tours start at 9:30 am 

      Aug   7      Shuttle:   Tuesday   9:30 - 12:00 Shuttle Tour  >>  Reserve 

      Aug 14      Shuttle:   Tuesday   9:30 - 12:00 Shuttle Tour  >>  Reserve     

      Aug 21      Shuttle:   Tuesday   9:30 - 12:00 Shuttle Tour  >>  Reserve

      Aug 28      Shuttle:   Tuesday   9:30 - 12:00 Shuttle Tour  >>  Reserve

    September 2018 Tour Reservations  -  Shuttle Tours start at 9:30 am 

      Sept   4     Shuttle:   Tuesday   9:30 - 12:00 Shuttle Tour  >>  Reserve 

      Sept 11     Shuttle:   Tuesday   9:30 - 12:00 Shuttle Tour  >>  Reserve     

      Sept 18     Shuttle:   Tuesday   9:30 - 12:00 Shuttle Tour  >>  Reserve

      Sept 25     Shuttle:   Tuesday   9:30 - 12:00 Shuttle Tour  >>  Reserve

    Private Tours - Contact John (Email: PKYTours@gmail.com) 

      April 19    PEP  Tuesday  3:30-5:00 Shuttle Tour

      May  20    USCB Saltmarsh Class Wednesday - Bob Speare

      June 11    Palmettos at Bluffton  Monday   10:30 - 12:00 

      June 14    Audubon Hilton Head  Thursday   9:00 - 10:30

    Private Tour for the Friends Annual Meeting Raffle Winner

       April 20    Private Special Tour  

    Reservation Cancellation:  Please notify us if you need to cancel your reservation to allow someone to take your seat.  Cancellations should be done online by selecting the (event above) and indicate you are cancelling your seat.  If you have a problem, please contact John (johnpetr17@gmail.com).

    Tour Start Time:  The tour starts on time. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to check-in.  If you arrive after the start time, the tour either started or is loading passengers and your seat could have been reassigned.    

    Please Note:  Unless you receive a "registration completed" Email you are NOT registered for an event. Please either try again or Email johnpetr17@gmail.com

    Wait List & Extra Seats:  Our tour seats usually fill up about 2 weeks before the event.  If you register and there are no seats available, you are placed on a wait list.  If seats become available you will be notified.  There is also a chance that seats are available at the last minute due to cancellations and no-shows.  We also don't allocate all the seats since some people may need extra room.  These extra seats are usually available.  If you show up before the tour there is a chance you can get on the shuttle.  Wait List people will have first priority for available seats.  You should arrive at the tour 20 minutes early and tell a Visitor Assistant that you are on the Wait List or hoping for an empty seat.  

    Directions to Pinckney Island NWR The island is between Hilton Head Island and the mainland (Bluffton). The refuge is located 1/2 mile west of Hilton Head Island off of U.S. Highway 278.  Take Rt 278 to the middle of the bridge between Hilton Head Island and the mainland (Bluffton). Turn at the large wooden Pinckney Island NWR sign - left turn if you are coming from Bluffton and right turn if you are coming from Hilton Head Island. Drive about 1/4 mile to the parking lot.  Go around the parking lot road about half way until you see the shuttle.  The shuttle is in the parking lot at least 15 minutes before the tour starts.  Also see >> Pinckney Island NWR webpage.

    We Need Your Help!  Please donate to keep our programs free.  Go to >> Donate

    Questions: Email johnpetr17@gmail.com

    Upcoming Events

    Shuttle Tours
    Group Accessibility Tours
    Bike Tours
    Join the Friends    >> Become a Member
    Become a Friends of the Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges Member by selecting the above link. Your membership will help keep the Pinckney Island NWR programs free to the public. Memberships start at $15 a year.  As member you receive (1) Email event notices, (2) Email newsletters and (3) a 10% discount on merchandise on the Pinckney Island Visitor Table and The Gator Hole (our nature store in the Visitor Center at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge and (4) invitations to members-only events.     

    Please consider donating to the Friends! 

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