Field Research Stations

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In December 2015, the College formally opened two state of the art Field Research Stations on the property. Made possible by a million dollar matching grant from the Spaulding Paolozzi Foundation, the stations, one located near the three pond area and the other in the higher ground of the northern hardwood forests, are each 3,500 square feet and enable students and faculty to conduct field research, classroom teaching, and laboratory work under one roof. To quote one faculty member “the stations are exponential game changers in the school's educational capacity”.

Rice Trunk Gate Installation

In October, after much research and consultation with our forestry management and water management partners, a rice trunk gate was successfully installed to replace a failing aluminum gate between the saltwater pond and the Stono River marshes. In addition to the technical advantages, the rice trunk gate installation reflects the virtues of good stewards of the land. Rice trunk gates improve water flow management of the ponds thus enhancing marine and bird life at Stono Preserve. We also embrace and honor our rich cultural history with the use of these historic rice trunk gates. Thank you to our partners at the Lowcountry Open Land Trust, Travis Folk of Folk Land Management, Sam Carlton of American Forestry Management and Wood Brothers Construction for a successful installation.

Interpretive Nature Trail

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Completed in April 2012, a 4.3 mile interpretative, educational nature trail incorporates many of the diverse ecosystems on the property, featuring spectacular viewing areas for Dick’s beloved birds. The nature trail was made possible by a generous gift from the Post and Courier Foundation.

Barn Reconstruction

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Completed in 2013, the original barn has been reconstructed and plans are underway to integrate the facility as a teaching, education and entertaining venue. 

Dick's Studio

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Dick’s painting studio will be remodeled into a museum remembering the life and work of John Henry Dick, and the importance of environmental sustainability.

Field Research Stations

With support from a generous grant from the Spaulding-Paolozzi Foundation, two field stations for student and faculty research will be constructed in 2014.

Forestry Management Plan

Over the past six years, American Forest Management, Inc. (AFM), one of the largest forestry management consulting firms in the United States, has been working closely with the College on restoration of forests, fields, and wetlands for Stono Preserve. In the fall of 2010, thanks to a generous grant from the Donnelley Foundation, the College of Charleston further partnered with AFM and the Lowcountry Open Land Trust to develop a comprehensive, long-term forest management plan for the property. AFM will also serve as the chief forester for the property and will execute the plan in several phases.

Aborgen Re-forestation

In support of the comprehensive forestry management program funded by the Donnelley Foundation, ArborGen supplied 73,000 longleaf pine seedlings and other materials that were planted on more than 140 acres of longleaf pine forest in mid-December. 

Katherine Knott Garden Restoration

ArborGen planting

A longtime friend of John Henry Dick and Stono Preserve, Katherine Knott’s bequest will support the restoration of the stunning gardens planted by Mr. Dick. Once restored, these gardens, which boast camellias with DNA traced to as far back as 1834, will be yet another jewel in Stono Preserve’s crown.

The College of Charleston at Stono Preserve is private land and governed by a conservation easement over the entire property. The easement is very specific as to how the natural resources on the property may be used and accessed. Any photography of the property, trespassing onto the property, or harming of the flora or fauna within it is strictly prohibited and violators will be vigorously prosecuted.