ESTC11 Field Sessions

ESTC11 Field Sessions
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Beach Renourishment & Marine Environment

Hilton Head Island beach renourishment initiatives and environmental measures to protect Loggerhead sea turtles habitat


About This Session: Participants will learn about the renourishment project taking place on Hilton Head Island and the methods in place to mitigate impact on marine turtles, shorebirds, and other wildlife species. Also learn about marine turtle species nesting on Hilton Head Island with specific information about the biology and behavior of Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta).


Session Leaders:

  • Amy Tressler, Curator of Education, Coastal Discovery Museum
  • Scott Liggett, Director of Public Projects and Facilities/Chief Engineer, Town of Hilton Head Island


South Carolina Sea Islands Interpretative Boat Tour

Lowcountry ecosystems, history, cultural heritage, and tourism's impact on local economy.


About This Session: The session incorporates a hands-on interpretative boat tour through the local estuarine region highlighting aspects of geographical features and historical sites. From the boat, we can demonstrate the changes that one sees environmentally and relate geographical aspects to the history of the region, as well as the fragility of the Sea Island geography in terms of sustainable practices that will help preserve this unique resource that is the Sea Islands of the Lowcountry.


Session Leaders:

  • Dr. John Salazar, Associate Professor, University of South Carolina Beaufort
  • Dr. Joe Staton, Associate Professor, University of South Carolina Beaufort
  • Dr. Robert Landrum, Associate Professor, University of South Carolina Beaufort
  • Dr. Eric Montie, Assistant Professor, The University of South Carolina Beaufort



Sustainable Golf Courses

Sea Pines Resort Golf Courses: Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP)


About This Session: Visiting Sea Pines Resort's Ocean Couse and Heron Point Golf Course, participants will learn about what it takes to become a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) for Golf Courses. The key areas of the environmental management practices are: Environmental Planning, Wildlife and Habitat Management, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, Water Quality Management and Outreach and Education.


Session Leader:

  • Jim Cregan, Superintendent, Sea Pines Resort Golf Courses Joellen Lampman, Cooperative Sanctuary Programs Director, Audubon International



Hilton Head Island Development & Land Management

About This Session: Participants will walk to Islanders Park, which was built using many low impact development techniques. Presenters will discuss elements of this design, including the reduction of impervious surfaces, the retention of trees and wetlands on site and the use of natural site features as "green infrastructure." The presentation will also include other tools used by the Town of Hilton Head Island to lessen the footprint of development, such as land purchase, site design standards and the creation of island-wide beachfront zones that require development to retreat from dune areas.


Session Leaders:

  • Charles Cousins, Director of Community Development, Town of Hilton Head Island
  • Sally Krebs, Natural Resources Administrator, Town of Hilton Head Island



Cultural Heritage of Hilton Head Island

Gullah Heritage Trail Tours: Gullah legacies, past traditions and present-day practices


About This Session: Gullah is the West African based system of traditions, customs, beliefs, art forms and family life that have survived centuries of slavery and more than a century of free lifestyle. Modern resort development began influencing the culture in the 1950s. The tour route takes a scenic weave through ten family-based villages that have sustained themselves for more than a century, but are tempered by current resort developmental pressures. Tour highlights include: Gullah Family Compounds; Old Debarkation Point (used before the island's connection to the mainland); Plantation Tabby Ruins; Historic Marker of First Freedom Village.


Session Leader: Dr. Emory Shaw Campbell, Founder, Gullah Heritage Consulting Services




Sea Pines Forest Reserve

A Trail through Time: A guided interpretive tour of the historic and ecologically-rich Sea Pines Forest Preserve


About This Session: The Sea Pines Forest Preserve is a 605-acre permanent open space in the Sea Pines Community, founded in 1956. Our walking tour will explore the diverse maritime forest ecosystem, aquatic habitats, and exceptionally rare Archaic Indian Shell Ring, dating back to the time of the Great Pyramids. We will learn about the sustainable three-part uses in the preserve, and the first-ever EPA-approved water technology that permanently saved the lifeblood of the preserve. The guided walk is led by Todd Ballantine, Director of Science, Education and Sustainability, Ballantine Environmental Resources, Inc.


Session Leader: Todd Ballantine, Ballantine Environmental Resources, Inc.