Getting away from the hustle and bustle of life is what many vacations are all about, but if you LOVE Edisto like we do, there are things you can do to help out around the island while visititing.
Some of these suggestions are passive, taking very little effort without having to impact on a relaxing time while others geared toward those that plan to be around for a longer period of time.
Clean Up the Beach
The summer months experience more human traffic than any other time of year. That means people sometimes leave certain items behind. If you want to keep the beach clean, head down with a trash bag and pick up all the trash that you can find. Walk from groin to groin to find stray bottle caps, wrappers, cigarettes, and anything else that’s been left behind.
Aside from being unsightly, many times trash can pose obstacles to wildlife who perceive the items as food. Some can even get in the way of the Loggerheads that come onto the shore to lay eggs.
Lights out for Loggerheads
In order to keep from disorienting turtles on the way to their home, all lights on the beach must be turned off at dusk from May 1 through October 31. Make sure exterior lights on your vacation home are off but also make sure drapes are closed if indoor lights are visible on the beach. If you are out exploring the beach at night during this time, use approved red-light flashlights.
Go For a Walk
Animal Lovers of Edisto K9 Rescue always needs additional help. If you want to take some time out to walk a dog, make a donation, or just give some cuddles to a homeless animal, email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org and they’ll get you all set up. Plus, you might even fall in love and bring home a new furry family member.
Get to the Park
If you’re going to be around for a while, the Edisto Beach State Park always needs volunteers to be park hosts (and to fill other volunteer positions). You will provide grounds and facility maintenance, assist with park administration, help clean the park facilities, serve as a booth attendant, and serve as an operations clerk.
Plus, you’ll get to be surrounded by the beauty of the park and Edisto, so it’s a win-win situation all around.