Without a doubt, volunteering for your local community is a win-win; local organizations get "workers" to complete their short and long-range goals, while the volunteers get the satisfaction and appreciation of altruistic contributions to their community.
For Famous Adventures, our daily focus is the environment of the Lowcountry; without it and the people working to provide access and stewardship, we would not have a business. So it makes sense that most of our volunteer efforts are focused on Charleston area environmental groups.
If you are looking for a place to get started, or a new group to connect with, here is a short list of environmental groups in and around Charleston County that we can recommend from first-hand experience:
For more than 25 years the Avian Conservation Center has worked to identify and address vital environmental issues through avian medicine, research, education programs, and conservation initiatives. The Center has three primary operating departments that work together to support this goal: the Center for Birds of Prey, the Avian Medical Clinic, and the South Carolina Oiled Bird Treatment Facility.
South Carolina Oyster Recycling and Enhancement (SCORE) is a community-based habitat restoration and monitoring program of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Oysters are critical to South Carolina's ecology, economy, and culture, and oyster shell is the best resource to sustain oyster populations.
Since 1977, Keep Charleston Beautiful has been working to maintain the beauty of the area through education, awareness and community involvement. A clean Charleston is a visible demonstration of the pride that area residents take in their community.
The Lowcountry Open Land Trust is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization land conservation organization that is focused on preserving natural and rural land throughout the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
The mission of Edisto Open Land Trust is to preserve the rural quality of life on Edisto by protecting lands, waterways, scenic vistas, and heritage through conservation and education.
Charleston Waterkeeper’s mission is to protect, promote, and restore the quality of Charleston's waterways while ensuring the public’s right to swimmable, drinkable, fishable water.
The 3,363 acre Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a great example of undeveloped coastal habitats that area are important to numerous wildlife species. The beach is utilized for nesting by the federally-threatened loggerhead sea turtle and the state-threatened least tern. The maritime forest and coastal scrub/shrub areas provide nesting and foraging habitat for neotropical songbirds including painted buntings and summer tanagers. The uplands support a wide diversity of wildlife. The tidal marshes and managed wetlands contain a variety of fish and shellfish resources and provide foraging habitat for numerous wildlife species.