Our Mission

To help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment by promoting wise land use practices, environmental education, and technical assistance.

Be a Part of the Blue Heron Nature Center
The Blue Heron Nature Center, a 4,200 sq. ft. teaching/nature center log cabin,  operated by and the home of the Jasper Soil & Water Conservation District, is committed to educating Jasper County’s children, landowners, and residents about the importance of our natural resources. Jasper Conservation District, Jasper County, Town of Ridgeland and City of Hardeeville use this unique area for environmental education and community enhancement.

Located on 10 acres of green space at Exit 21 on I-95 in Ridgeland, SC, the Blue Heron Nature Center & Trail offers you a chance to see blue herons, osprey, alligators, and turtles in their natural setting. Come and enjoy the songs of Carolina wrens and cardinals or the chorus of tree frogs. The Nature Center is an urban haven for birds, animals and people. It provides a unique educational tool and recreational opportunity.

Our Conservation Goals


The Jasper Soil & Water Conservation District is a non-profit organization and a sub-unit of state government that is governed by 5 commissioners, elected officials, who receive no compensation for their services. The Soil & Water  Conservation Districts in South Carolina have been operating since 1937. South Carolina has 48 Conservation Districts.

Mr. Thomas G. Stanley, Jr., Chairman

Mr. Stanley E. Wells, Vice-Chairman

Mr. CM Dantzler

Mr. Lonnie M. Ginn

Mr. R. Michael Davis

Ms. Lyn Boyles, Executive Director

Conservation Education