The Bhi Conservancy

The Bald Head Island Conservancy is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 whose mission is barrier island conservation, preservation and education. It is located in a unique area within the Smith Island Complex which includes Bald Head, Middle and Bluff Islands, all of which are bounded by the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean in southeastern North Carolina.

In its role as the islands' environmental advocate, the Bald Head Island Conservancy sponsors and facilitates scientific research of benefit to this barrier island environment, and it provides diverse activities to enrich and enlighten the islands' many visitors and residents.

As a subsidiary corporation and partner of the Conservancy, The Smith Island Land Trust complements these efforts by preserving significant properties in perpetuity, ensuring that land within the island complex will be forever protected in its natural state.

Our tagline of Conservation - Preservation - Education succinctly summarizes the focus of these organizations.

There is much to see and explore on Bald Head Island whether you are a first-time visitor or a resident. Programs ranging from bird watching to kayaking through the salt marsh to hiking in the beautiful maritime forest are available throughout the year. The summer season is active with children’s nature camps and the always-popular nightly Turtle Walks. The Conservancy’s education staff has a unique and expert perspective on the island’s habitats and wildlife, and strives to provide quality environmental education programs for all ages. If you are coming to the island during a time when we don’t have any programs offered, please contact us to set up a private program that suits your group’s needs and interests.

Join professional naturalists on a guided tour of the wildlife hotspots of Bald Head Island! Each tour includes transportation to, from, and around Bald Head Island, as well as a 2 hour guided tour which will focus on the best wildlife areas for the particular season you are visiting. Take the opportunity to see birds, mammals, reptiles, and other amazing wildlife by exploring our pristine beaches, maritime forest, and marshes. $50/participant includes ferry ticket and transportation on island. Groups of 4-16 people can be accommodated, with additional options available for larger groups. Tours are available September-April. Call 910.457.0089, ext. 13 or 16 for availability.

The Conservancy’s Turtle Central stocks an array of island gifts and mementos.

CLICK HERE to go to the Bald Head Island Conservancy's website.