Meet the faces of Tour Daufuskie LLC!
After 11 years speaking with the visitors at his gallery, The Iron Fish, Chase realized that families visiting Daufuskie Island were frustrated that although Daufuskie was pristine, underdeveloped, and rich in wildlife, there were no eco-tourism activities offered. Finally, in 2011 Chase hired a like minded outdoors enthusiast who had the time to run the day to day operations, thus establishing Tour Daufuskie, LLC. Today, Tour Daufuskie remains the only locally owned and operated tour company with two full time eco-guides and three part time guides…all living on Daufuskie!
Chase has noted that the main motivation behind launching Tour Daufuskie was for selfish reasons…he wants to attract visitors to the island who are like-minded in that they love & respect Daufuskie Island for the natural aspects & amenities more than anything else.
Enter Renee Harding and Sean Hinnenkamp, Tour Daufuskie’s Managing Directors. They met in New Hampshire while working in environmental conservation for state parks. Their love for nature, local food, and working outdoors brought them to Daufuskie Island as volunteers on the Daufuskie Island Community Farm. The charm of the island plus the offer to help run and grow Tour Daufuskie was too good to leave behind, so Sean and Renee decided to stay on Daufuskie with their adventure dog Paisley. They share a commitment to environmental stewardship and living simply, which they hope will evoke a heightened awareness of Daufuskie’s beauty among locals and visitors.
Sean, our Recreation Specialist, grew up in York PA where he spent most of his time outside, but it wasn’t until his extended wilderness adventure with NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) that he realized his passion. He recognizes the importance of spending time in nature unplugged from modern day technology. Sean’s hobbies include camping, rock climbing, kayaking, and biking.
Renee, TD’s Naturalist, is originally from Mentor OH. Her love of nature was instilled at a young age through park visits and family camping trips. Renee studied Wildlife and Conservation Biology Ohio University, which further cemented her delight for the great outdoors and public education. She enjoys hiking, yoga, playing guitar, bird watching, and identifying wild plants.
These three share a love for the natural beauty and unique character of the island. Through Tour Daufuskie, they hope to give visitors a local perspective and foster a sense of unplugged appreciation. See what you can discover on Daufuskie Island with your talented guides!