The Annual Pelican Plunge


The Pelican Plunge has become one of our favorite annual fund-raising events! The proceeds from personal and team pledges benefit Hunting Island State Park’s Discover Carolina program, a hands-on, curriculum-based instruction program for 3rd, 5th, and 7th grade students in the Beaufort County schools. The students visiting Hunting Island in these programs learn about the ecology of the park.

Each year, over $4000 is raised to benefit the students, and since its inception, over 3000 3rd, 5th, and 7th graders have participated in the educational program on this unique barrier island. For more information on Discover Carolina, click here.

The event has become quite a New Year’s Day spectacle. Not only is there the plunge, but you should see the costumes! Once the plungers come out of the water and warm up by the chimenea fires, there are hot beverages, a costume parade, beach music, and many other activities. Each year the event gets bigger and the costumes more outrageous. And the funds go to help a very special program. Won’t you come join us this year?

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We need only two things to provide the services and projects you see described on this website: your participation and your tax-deductible membership fees. For one $40 membership contribution, you and your family can join Friends of Hunting Island and have unlimited access to the park for one year. All members are encouraged to participate in any of our on-going projects. If you do not wish to join, but want to donate to our efforts, click here to make a tax-deductible donation to the Friends of Hunting Island.