Year of the Oyster (YOTO) 2016 Schedule of Events


The schedule below (current as of Feb. 25) reflects a coordinated effort by the DI Conservancy, the DI Historical Foundation, the Haig Point Naturalist Program and the Coastal Discovery Museum in Hilton Head.

Please contact Jenny Hersch at 413-717-2167 or, or check, Daufuskie Island, or more information and updates.

Ongoing — Oyster shell recycling collection site, Daufuskie Island Rum Company

Monday February 29 — YOTO Launch Party

Wednesday March 9 — Julie Davis (South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium’s Living Marine Resources Extension Specialist) “Oyster Farms – Handcrafting Oysters in South Carolina: A Partnership with Mother Nature”, 2pm at the Island House at Melrose Resort

Wednesday April 6 — DI Conservancy presents: Field trip to Nemours Plantation in Yemassee SC – limited to 14 participants

Tuesday April 12 — Larry Lepionka (Archaeological Investigator), “Tabby Construction in the Low Country”

Monday April 25 — DI Historical Foundation presents: Field trip to Pin Point Heritage Museum in Savannah

Wednesday May 4 — Nancy Hadley (SC DNR), “Oysters”

May (date TBD) — Field trip to Lady’s Island Oyster Farm

May (date TBD) — DI Conservancy presents: Nicholas Wallover (SC DNR), “Beach Tagging Horseshoe Crabs”

Wednesday June 8 — Peter Kingsley-Smith (SC DNR) “Living Shoreline”

Tuesday June 14 — Coastal Discovery Museum presents: Field trip to Sea Pines Preserve -Shell Ring Dig

Wednesday June 22 — Coastal Discovery Museum presents: Field trip to Sea Pines Preserve- Shell Ring Dig

June (date TBD) — DI Conservancy presents: The Daufuskie Island Turtle Team “Tour of Sea Turtle Nests”

Wednesday July 20 — DI Conservancy presents: Bruce Campbell (USGS), “Groundwater”

Wednesday August 31 — DI Conservancy presents: David Harter (Hilton Head Reef Foundation), “South Carolina’s Deep Water Artificial Reef System”

Sunday September 11 — The Haig Point Naturalist Program presents: Ben Dyar (SC DNR), “Oyster Reef Restoration”

September (date TBD) — Joy Davis (The Nature Conservancy), Field trip w/ Coastal Expeditions in Charleston

September (date TBD) — DI Conservancy presents: Beaufort County Recycling Coordinator’s “Eco-Cycler’s program”

Wednesday October 12 — DI Conservancy presents: Amy Scaroni PhD (Clemson Extension – Carolina Clear), “Water Quality – We All Live Downstream!”

Thursday November 10 — DI Historical Foundation presents: Field trip to Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center in Okatie

Saturday November 12 — Author Rowan Jacobsen, “The Essential Oyster”

December — YOTO Grand Finale

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