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Welcome to Bald Head Island Conservancy

Discover, Learn, Conserve, Preserve

The Bald Head Island Conservancy (BHIC) champions the sustainability of barrier islands through environmental research and conservation stewardship of the island’s habitats and wildlife species.  BHIC partners with numerous scientific organizations and universities to monitor and investigate the health of the island’s ecosystem.  The Conservancy also offers a range of recreational and educational activities for the public. We welcome you to explore the Bald Head Island Conservancy’s program offerings and contribute to the conservation of this unique coastal environment.

About the Bald Head Island Conservancy

2024 Sea Turtle Protection Program

The Bald Head Island Conservancy staff and its team of volunteers are dedicated to the conservation of sea turtles and their nesting habitats.  We work with numerous state and regional partners to protect these threatened and endangered species, conduct sea turtle ecology research, and engage the public about the importance of marine life.

Thanks to your ongoing support, the scientists at the Bald Head Island Conservancy are making significant strides in understanding how sea turtles are adapting to environmental changes. This vital information informs our protection efforts on BHI and also supports global conservation initiatives.  By contributing to the Bald Head Island Conservancy, you are helping to safeguard the future of these magnificent creatures and their habitats. Join us in our mission to protect and conserve our planet’s natural resources.
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Upcoming Tours & Explorations

Bald Head Island offers a variety of tours and exploration opportunities for visitors. You can explore the island’s rich history by taking a guided tour of the Old Baldy Lighthouse or by visiting the Smith Island Museum of History. For a more adventurous experience, take a kayaking tour through the salt marshes and tidal creeks, or go on a scenic bike ride around the island’s 14 miles of trails. Don’t miss the chance to witness the breathtaking sunset views from the beach or take a nature walk to spot some of the island’s unique wildlife. With so many ways to explore and experience the beauty of Bald Head Island, it’s easy to see why it’s a favorite destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.

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Visitor Experiences

During our vacation, we did a nature walk event with the conservancy. Elle and Emily (our guides) were fantastic. Their knowledge of the island's history, topography and animals was extensive. They also practiced appropriate social distancing measures. It was a delight for the whole family!

Jennifer, BHI Conservancy Visitor

An amazing place on the island, teaching us about local reptiles. With the ability to touch and feed some of the indigenous creatures.

Tammy L., BHI Conservancy Visitor

Lot of great nature classes for kids and you can sign up for a nighttime opportunity to see a turtle lay her eggs, or see baby turtles crawl to the sea just after hatching.

Martin D., BHI Conservancy Visiitor

Very serene and calm place to meditate. A nice walk in the morning with beautiful vistas and places to sit an soak in the marsh land. Also a great place at dusk with a new set of colors. The board walk makes it easy for people who have walking challenges.

Jon Z., BHI Conservancy Visitor
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