Coastal Expeditions Foundation

Turning Passion Into Action

Above: The Coastal Expeditions Foundation coordinated the Save Crab Bank Paddle that brought together other outfitters, conservation groups and local paddlers to halo Crab Bank Seabird Sanctuary.  Nearly 200 people raised their paddles in a grand show of support!

Making It Official

Since Coastal Expeditions was created in 1992, it has operated with the sensibilities of a small business and the heartbeat of a philanthropist organization. When we make decisions to add a new trip, introduce a new program or partner with another group, we always ask if it fits our mission. And if we find that we're trying to justify our decision, we move on.

So it was a natural step to make it official and start a foundation. It's the same work we've been doing of over 25 years. Only now, instead of making donations, raising funds and advocating for environmental education and the protection of places through Coastal Expeditions, Inc., we're expanding our vision and becoming more deliberate.

What you focus on expands. And with the Coastal Expeditions Foundation, we're ready to focus.

Here’s what we are doing in the community now - with your help.

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Restoration of Crab Bank Seabird Sanctuary

Located at the mouth of Shem Creek in the Charleston Harbor, we are working towards raising over 1.4 million dollars to secure the funds of to rebuild this island. As one of only 5 islands of its kind on the coast of South Carolina, it is critical to the future survival of birds like pelicans, skimmers, terns and 12 other avian species.

Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge Sea Turtle Project

Every year, we organize and execute a fundraiser to provide the funds needed to sustain the sea turtle team of volunteers and Cape Romain employees each summer. Over the years, we have donated over $50,000 for the refuge.

Educational Field Trips

We get students into nature through two programs: South Carolina Outdoor Education Program (SCOEP) and Island Quest (IQ). Through funding from donations, we are able to take students kayaking on Shem Creek and the Black River, and hiking on Bulls Island at no charge to schools. Since program creation, over 20,000 students have been reached.

Supporting Local Non-Profits

Charleston is fortunate that there are several groups working to protect the wild places in the Lowcountry, and we want to help them fulfill their missions. Through in-kind services and donations, we give generously to organizations like Center for Birds of Prey, The Nature Conservancy, Audubon South Carolina, South Carolina Aquarium, Coastal Conservation League and Lowcountry Land Trust.

Coastal Expeditions Foundation Mission Donate

The Coastal Expeditions Foundation (CEF) came to fruition after more than 25 years of environmental service through high integrity natural immersion produced and orchestrated by Coastal Expeditions, Inc. est. 1992.

The CEF is a philanthropic organization governed by a small group of naturalists dedicated to promoting an holistic culture of environmental awareness, stewardship and service.

The CEF mission is based on servicing the landscapes, creatures, cultures and humans through distributing financial as well as in kind support and assistance to causes and organizations chosen by the CEF Board of Trustees.

Our mission is not limited to any geographic boundary; We feel the mission of the Coastal Expeditions Foundation is global.

The Coastal Expeditions Foundation was created in 2018 and retains as an advisory board of Trustees:

  • Chris Crolley, Executive Director
  • Kari Crolley, Public Relations & Social Media
  • Ashley Woody, Donor Relations
  • Henry Brandt, Program Coordinator

About Coastal Expeditions

Learn about Coastal Expeditions, meet our team and hear our story – in our own words.

Community Impact

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Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant Rentals

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Outpost Location

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Isle of Palms Rentals

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Folly Beach Rentals

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Blackwater Rentals

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Bulls Island Rentals

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Uncategorized Rentals

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Take in the stunning beauty of local creeks and waters from one of our kayaks. Walk-ups are welcome or call / text to book and we’ll be ready when you are. All gear and instruction provided.

Call or text 843.884.7684 to book.

Outpost Location

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If you really want to get a feel for the local history, identify the native wildlife, and get to special places, you'll need someone experienced to show you the way. We'll get you there.

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