What We Do


Kingsburg Bay. Credit: Sharleen J

Carolina Bay. Credit: SCNDR

Carolina Bays

Carolina Bays are distinctively oval shaped, with raised sand rims and depressed, unique interior surfaces and a NW (top)-to-SE (bottom) orientation; they contain incredible flora and fauna, including many rare and endangered species. SCNPS is responsible for the stewardship of two such Carolina Bays: the 19.78-acre Kingsburg Bay and the 52-acre Lisa Matthews Memorial Bay.

The beautiful flowers of the Rocky Shoals spiderlily (Hymenocallis coronaria). Credit: Pam Barbour

The Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Preserve at Parks Mill

This 15-acre preserve was established by the SCNPS in 2019 to preserve, research, and restore the endangered Rocky Shoals Spider Lily (Hymenocallis coronaria).

Invasion of kudzu

Invasive Plant Control

SCNPS organizes programs in collaboration with partners to eradicate aggressive non-native plants that out-compete our native species and directly impact the biodiversity in our state.

Plant Sales or Plant Swaps are held by each chapter. Credit: Doug Lockard

native plant sales

Plant Sales

Plant sales and swaps are an important part of the SCNPS culture, providing hundreds of thousands of often hard-to-find native plants and sharing members’ knowledge with the communities we serve.