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.



Sea Turtle Conservation Project—Walk the beach once a week in the early mornings looking for turtle tracks to help protect them. For more information, please visit Sea Turtle Conservation Project or contact FOHIseaturtleproject@gmail.com


People’s Park Project—Volunteer to bring underserved children in northern Beaufort County and other counties to Hunting Island State Park. Many have never seen the ocean. Volunteers can act as chaperones, help with food, and deliver talks about Hunting Island ecologies. For more information, please visit People's Park Project or contact FOHIPeoplesPark@gmail.com


Lighthouse Tours—Trained volunteers conduct scheduled lighthouse tours. If you are interested in this role, please visit Lighthouse Volunteer

or contact our Lighthouse Director at keepertedp@gmail.com


Construction Crew—From time to time, Friends of Hunting Island takes on construction projects that can range from painting, repairing, and upkeep to top-to-bottom construction jobs. When help is needed, these jobs will be advertised in the monthly newsletter.


Events—Friends of Hunting Island runs Beach Sweeps, the annual Pelican Plunge, and attends events of other organizations such as the Shrimp Festival. When help is needed, these jobs will be advertised in the monthly newsletter.


For more information about any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact FOHIcommunication@gmail.com


Photo courtesy of Eat Stay Play Beaufort



Photo courtesy of Eat Stay Play Beaufort/Brittany Morgan


Photo courtesy of Explore Beaufort