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Accessibility Tours (Private)

Pinckney Island Programs & Accessibility Tours


Shuttle Accessibility 

Private Tours

Our tours are free.  Donations are needed to help defray expenses

Accessibility Nature Tours - Group Reservation Required: Accessibility tours are for organizations with predominately accessibly challenged people, e.g.  People for Exceptional People (PEP), TidePoint (assisted living community), etc.  We look forward to showing your group our beautiful island refuge on our electric shuttle.

Accessibility Tour Description: Our shuttle is easy to get on & off - there are two small steps to enter the shuttle.  Passengers do not have to leave the shuttle during the tour.  The tour is led by our docent and driver.  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 starts in the parking lot and goes to Ibis Pond and Starr Pond with commentary during the tour.  Note that the itinerary is subject to change. 

The passengers will stay on shuttle except in special circumstances approved by the organization requesting the tour.  No more than 9 passengers and we require at least one or two of the organizations staff members.  

Contact Info & Questions: Ilene at imschwartz58@gmail.com

Waivers:  All passengers, including staff members, are required to sign liability waivers.  If a passenger cannot sign a waiver then an authorized staff member must sign it for them.  We cannot allow anyone on the shuttle without a waiver.   Please print copies of the signed waivers and hand them to a visitor assistant when you arrive.  Go To Liability Waiver.

Start Location:  The shuttle departs from the main parking lot at the refuge. 

Common Sightings:  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.    

Tour Cancellation: If you need to cancel your Tour notify Ilene - imschwartz58@gmail.com

Tour Start Time:  The tours start on time. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early.

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.

Reference: Tour Guidelines 

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