Dixie Plantation is a majestic 881-acre property along the Stono River and the Intercoastal Waterway. The myriad ecosystems include long-leaf pine forests, wetlands, savannahs, tidal marshes, as well as brackish, saltwater and fresh-water ponds.
College of Charleston students and faculty of multiple disciplines – from marine biology to forest management and historic preservation - utilize this vibrant living laboratory. Dixie Plantation provides unmatched research opportunities while residents, young and old, will benefit from its dynamic educational outreach and distance learning initiatives. Dixie Plantation enables the College of Charleston to educate its students in an unparalleled natural setting; inspire collaboration across campus, industry and governmental agencies; and prepare students and faculty to be leaders in today’s environmentally volatile, global society.
Today, in collaboration with the Lowcountry Open Land Trust, the College of Charleston is embarking on a strategic, comprehensive plan to restore Dixie to its original purpose as a "conservationist's classroom". Native, diverse ecosystems will be restored and maintained to provide experiential learning for College students and faculty, and with the “light on the land”, minimalist support facilities in place, Dixie will become an urban refuge for those interested in and appreciative of the natural world around us.
Dixie Plantation 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. Trespassing onto the property and harming the flora and fauna within it are strictly prohibited and violators will be vigorously prosecuted.