About Us

The Hilton Head Island Audubon Society was founded in 1974. We have over 200 memberships. We are proud of our Society and try to live up to our mission statement:

 “To promote the awareness and appreciation of nature, to preserve and protect wildlife and natural ecosystems and to encourage responsible environmental stewardship.”

Audubon Newhall Preserve

The Hilton Head Island Audubon Society owns and operates the 50 acre Audubon Newhall Preserve located on Palmetto Bay Road on Hilton Head Island. In the center of the Preserve is a beautiful pond, surrounded by benches. There are walking trails throughout the forest. The Preserve is usually open to the public from dawn to dusk daily. Self guided trail maps are available next to our bulletin board. Many native plants are labeled in our several distinctive ecosystems.
There is no charge to visit the Preserve, but please consider leaving a contribution in the donation post next to the bulletin board. Also please record your visit in the Visitors’ Log in the trail map box before you leave. Finally, note any birds or wildlife you observed for our records.
Guided Walks are conducted at 10am on Thursday mornings in March, April, May, September, October, and November (weather permitting ). Experienced naturalists will discuss the history, plants, and wildlife found in the Preserve. The walks are free to the public, but donations are appreciated. Reservations are not required. Guided Walks are also offered by reservation for groups and organizations. Please contact Rita Kernan via email at rakhhi@aol.com for further information.
Dogs on a leash are welcome, but please pick up after your pet and always check for ticks during the warmer months. Smoking or feeding the alligators is not allowed.
Help is needed for periodic workdays and weekly trail monitoring. Please email Bob Clemens at RClemens318@roadrunner.com to volunteer. We hope you visit soon! 


Get Involved

The Hilton Head Island Audubon relies upon volunteers throughout the year. Volunteers are encouraged to participate in the following:

  • Monthly meetings
  • Field trips
  • Christmas Bird Count
  • Great Backyard Bird Count
  • Audubon Newhall Preserve
  • Teacher/Student educational programs
  • Conservation initiatives