In celebration of the Gibbes Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, Artist, Scientist, Explorer: Mark Catesby in the Carolinas, Coastal Expeditions is offering blackwater and saltwater tours to examine the habitats, flora, and fauna that Catesby first discovered during his journey throughout South Carolina and beyond.
Offered monthly on select dates June through September, Coastal Expeditions’ naturalist guides will offer groups choice from four distinct kayak and boat tours showcasing the birds and plants that Catesby illustrated in his work “The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands.”
Mark Catesby in the Carolinas is on display at the Gibbes now until September 24th and features 44 watercolor paintings by English artist, scientist and explorer Mark Catesby, generously lent by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from the British Royal Collection. The Gibbes presentation marks only the second exhibition of his watercolors in the United States, showcasing the years Catesby spent exploring the Carolinas, Florida and the Bahamas.
Details, prices, dates and times for Coastal Expeditions’ four Catesby tours can be found below. Members of the Gibbes and exhibition visitors will receive 25% off.
Crab Bank Bird Rookery Kayak Tour:
Dates: June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1
6:00-9:00 p.m. (3 hours)
With views of the Holy City as a backdrop, this guided kayak tour combines natural and human history, taking paddlers on a journey to see nesting shorebirds in the Charleston Harbor. $65/adults, $45/ children 12 and under
Catesby Blackwater Kayak Tour:
Dates: June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (6 hours)
Kayakers explore the different blackwater ecosystems with a guided naturalist to see migratory songbirds, birds of prey and wildflowers. Trip locations vary depending on date including Black River (June), Penny Creek to Willtown Bluff (July), Echaw Creek (August) and Quinby Creek & Pompion Chapel (September). $95/adults, $75/children 12 and under
Catesby Charleston Harbor Boat Tour:
Dates: June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21
6:30-8:30 p.m. (2 hours)
This evening guided expedition will showcase nesting activity on Crab Bank Rookery followed by a ride up the Ashley River, a location Catesby explored over 300 years ago. $45/person
Catesby Cape Romain Tour:
Dates: June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22
10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (3 hours, 30 minutes)
Guests are led on a naturalist-guided boat tour into a landscape that has remained virtually unchanged since Catesby’s first time in Charleston- the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge to Bulls Island- with excellent opportunities for birding. $40/adults, $20/ children 12 and under