Founder of Nature Adventures Outfitters. Kathie started this company in 1999 and has led professional Naturalist Guided Tours since 1984. In 2018 She passed the torch to Jay Grant, but still enjoys working as a guide. She graduated from the University of Michigan with honors, obtaining a Bachelors of Science Degree in Resource Planning. She is also a Certified ACA River Kayak Instructor and has over 30 years in paddling and naturalist guiding experience. She worked as the City of Charleston, SC Head Park Naturalist and Environmental Education Director for over 7 years teaching Marine, Wetland and Forest Ecology. Prior to this she worked for National Audubon as a Naturalist and Canoe Guide for 4 years. Her love for paddling started as a teenager, when she and her mother won a 20 mile canoe race, involving over 40 participants on a swift water river in Michigan. Founding the company's mission to help preserve the environment and to donate proceeds to benefit environmental organizations, it is upon this basis that Nature Adventures Outfitters has excelled at being the lead kayak, canoe and hiking tour company in the Charleston, SC area. Kathie is a proven leader in the outdoor world. Locally, she's known as the area "woods woman" and the "kayak lady".... Kayaking and love of the outdoors is a passion and a way of life to her. Even on her days off, she paddles!
Jay is the new owner and Lead Naturalist for Nature Adventures Outfitters. He is a native of South Carolina and has lived in the Charleston area since 2009. He has a B.S. in Biology from the University of South Carolina and a Master's in Biology from the Citadel. He is also a Certified coastal Master Naturalist. Jay loves the outdoors and is very knowledgeable about the natural history of the Charleston area, and he loves sharing that knowledge and his experiences with others.