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Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center - North, South and Cat Islands

Considered one of the most outstanding gifts to wildlife conservation in North America, the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center was willed to the SC Department of Natural Resources in 1976 by the late Tom Yawkey, owner of the Boston Red Sox. It embraces North, South and most of Cat Island, three coastal islands located at the mouth of Winyah Bay in Georgetown County. Composed of approximately 31 square miles of marsh, managed wetlands, forest openings, ocean beach, longleaf pine forest and maritime forest, the Center is principally dedicated as a wildlife preserve, research area and waterfowl refuge.

The Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center is closed to the public except for pre-scheduled tours and reservations are required. These free educational bus tours, which are limited to 14 people, typically run every Wednesday and Thursday from September to May, starting at 10 a.m. and typically last four hours. Guests see portions of Cat and South islands while learning about the historical and ecological aspects of the property. Special tours for specific interests can be found on the group’s Facebook page. For more information or to book a tour, call Patty Wham Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at 843-546-6814.

Location: 1 Yawkey Way S, Georgetown
Phone: 843-546-6814

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