Chris Crolley - Garden & Gun

SPOTLIGHT: The Lowcountry’s “Apostle of Ecotourism”

Chris Crolley introduces people to the beauty of the Lowcountry—and saves critical species in the process 

An ideal day for Chris Crolley includes spending time on Lowcountry waters—leading kayaking trips through the ACE Basin, stand-up paddleboard excursions on Mount Pleasant’s Shem Creek, or ferry rides to Bulls Island’s pristine Boneyard Beach. A philosopher by nature, Crolley, when he’s not pointing out a roseate spoonbill tucked into spartina or explaining the natural history of an estuary, is contemplating how humans fit into all this. As he sees it, we must save these places, a mission he and his team at Coastal Expeditions have spearheaded since the organization’s founding but made official by establishing the Coastal Expeditions Foundation in 2017. “We were spending our lives out here,” he says, “so we felt a responsibility to do service here.” […]

 

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