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​Outside Hilton Head Hosts Todd Ballantine for Kayak Tours and Presentation

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This November, Outside Hilton Head will host a series of programs led by acclaimed author, artist and environmentalist Todd Ballantine. On Saturday, November 14th, Mr. Ballantine will lead a kayak tour of the Broad Creek Wildlife Area from 2-4pm, departing out of Shelter Cove Marina. A signing of his book ‘Tideland Treasures’ will follow the kayak tour. That evening, he will host a meet and greet followed by a presentation at the Outside Flagship Store in Shelter Cove Plaza from 5-7pm. On Sunday, November 15th, another kayak tour with Mr. Ballantine will be held on the May River, departing out of Palmetto Bluff. A book signing will follow this program as well. Kayak tours are $55 per person, all proceeds of which will be donated to The Outside Foundation.

The in-store event is free and open to the public, with donations for the Foundation strongly encouraged. All three programs require reservations, which can be made by calling Outside Hilton Head at 843-686-6996.

Todd Ballantine has played a crucial role in the sustainable development of Hilton Head, conservation of its natural places, and raising public awareness of the areas diverse culture, plants and animals. He has written over ten books, maps and handbooks about the wildlife, ecosystem and history of Hilton Head and the surrounding areas as well as countless articles in local and national publications. Mr. Ballantine was a key consultant on sustainable development for many local hotels and sub divisions including Sea Pines, Sun City, Hampton Lake, Berkeley Hall, The Westin Resort and Marriott’s Grande Ocean. His unique written and illustrated style can be seen in interpretive signage at the majority of Hilton Head’s natural parks such as The Whooping Crane Conservancy, Fish Haul Creek Park, Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, The Coastal Discovery Museum and Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Ballantine has been awarded several prestigious designations including The South Carolina Sierra Club Conservationist of the Year and Commendation from The Town of Hilton Head.


Ballantine founded his company, Ballantine Environmental Resources, on Hilton Head before relocating it to Colorado in 1999. He continues to consult on a variety of development projects and speaks at events around the country on topics such as ‘How tourism can be a force for good in your community.’ A natural and gifted teacher, Ballantine leaves a lasting impression on those meet him and see him speak. “Attendees gained new understanding of their island home, and commitment to sustainability was enhanced as they learned how closely the community’s environmental stewardship and economic success are linked. Todd’s reputation as the island’s environmental conscience is well deserved, and his continued involvement here is highly appreciated and needed.” Said Jack Alderman, Executive Director of The Hilton Head Institute, following a 2013 presentation.


What: Kayak Tours and In-Store Event with Todd Ballantine

When: Kayak Tour of Broad Creek – November 14, 2-4pm. Kayak Tour of May River – November 15, 2-4pm. An Evening With Todd Ballantine – November 14, 5-7pm

Where: Broad Creek Kayak Tour departs from Shelter Cove Marina. May River Kayak Tour departs from Wilson Village, Palmetto Bluff. An Evening With Todd Ballantine is at The Outside Flagship Store in Shelter Cove Plaza.

Admission: Kayak Tours are $55 and require reservations. In-store event is Free and requires reservations. Reservations can be made by calling Outside at 843-686-6996

Why: All proceeds benefit The Outside Foundation


Outside Hilton Head is a Low Country based outfitter established in 1979. The company operates specialty retail stores, nature based adventures, destination management and team and leadership development. The organization’s core values include protection and preservation of local nature, history and culture.


The Outside Foundation is a local non-profit with a mission to get kids outside and to protect and preserve our local environment. The foundation is dedicated to creating awareness, expanding knowledge, and developing a responsible understanding of nature and the environment. Ongoing projects of the Foundation include trash clean-ups by kayak, donation programs and the Kids in Kayaks program, which aims to get every 7th grader in Beaufort County out kayaking.

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