Friends of Hunting Island State Park was founded in 1993 to help preserve and enhance the unique bio-diversity of South Carolina’s Hunting Island State Park. Friends of Hunting Island offers its members an effective and fun way to assist Hunting Island State Park in conserving the natural wonders and promoting the educational opportunities that exist on the island. Since its founding, membership has swollen from a handful of individuals to hundreds of active families. 


Membership in Friends of Hunting Island makes you a champion of the park and an environmental steward. We work in partnership with the paid staff to maintain and improve the 5,000-acre barrier island. We often have programs that require volunteer support; watch our newsletter for opportunities.

COVID-19 has reduced the programs we offer that include volunteers. We are hopeful that this will change in the near future. Watch our newsletter for more details.

Friends of Hunting Island volunteers conduct tours at the Hunting Island Lighthouse and help maintain and improve the lighthouse complex. Volunteers also give talks about alligators, go on litter patrols, and participate in the Sea Turtle Conservation Project. With volunteer assistance, Friends of Hunting Island has created educational exhibits, water gardens, built oyster reefs, added bird feeders, and improved beach access.


Friends of Hunting Island hosts the Pelican Plunge every New Year’s Day. Watch for information about volunteering for this well-loved Beaufort event. 

-Join the Sea Turtle Conservation Project
-Conduct lighthouse tours and give alligator talks
-Participate in educational programs at the Nature Center
-Work on trails and landscaping projects
-Share your expertise through committee and board service

For more information, please contact FOHIcommunication@gmail.com


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Photo courtesy of Eat Stay Play Beaufort/Brittany Morgan


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