Learning Through Loggerheads

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It is the beauty of Edisto that brings so many to her shore year after year and why so many people stay and call it home.

Locals and vacationers are responsible for seeing to the fact that Edisto remains a place rich with the natural beauty of the ocean, creeks, forests, marshland, and animals by protecting the environment because at the end of the day, these are the things about Edisto that get into your soul – and once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.

One organization committed to educating the public about the importance of species conservation is Learning through Loggerheads. This organization offers a variety of programs concerning sea turtle nest management with hands-on education programs for rural students.

Local biologist Meg Hoyle leads the program (Hoyle also provides eco tours for people of all ages where she blends information about the ecosystem along with an adventure in Edisto’s waterways) and teaches several students throughout the area about the importance of species conservation so that future generations will know to protect the environment in which they live.

To support the mission of the Learning through Loggerheads program, McConkey’s Jungle Shack on Edisto Beach will host a fundraiser March 19. Throughout the day, music will be streaming and prizes will be given out by local businesses while a variety of events take place.

To raise funds for Learning through Loggerheads a kayak is on display at McConkey’s. To win this kayak, memberships to Learning through Loggerheads can be purchased for $5 increments at McConkey’s, Po Pig’s Bo-B-Q, or With These Hands Gallery. Each $5 gets a donor one chance at winning the kayak.

The following events will be a part of the fundraiser:

1 pm: A 2-hour kayak tour for 30 people with 100% of the proceeds going to Learning through Loggerheads. To book the trip, contact Lindsay Young of Edisto Water Sports at (843) 869-0663.

3 pm: Edisto’s 1st Annual Ultimate Chef Challenge at McConkey’s. This is a timed cooking contest for six teams with three cooks on each team. The judges will be Nathan Thurston who is the head chef at Sanctuary on Kiawah, Winburn Carmack who is the executive pastry chef from McCrady’s, and Nathalie Dupree who is a local celebrity chef and cookbook author.

5 pm: An oyster roast will be available in the parking lot of McConkey’s. Tickets will be available starting March 6 for $15 at McConkey’s. Tickets the day of the event will be $20. Flowers Seafood will cater the oyster roast and other local restaurants will be present with food for purchase. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at McConkey’s. The profits from all bar sales will go to Learning through Loggerheads.

7 pm: The winner of the kayak on display will be announced.

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