COASTAL DISCOVERY MUSEUM
70 Honey Horn Drive
Hilton Head Island SC 29926
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Address 70 Honey Horn Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
Telephone (843) 689-6767 227
Fax (843) 689-3035
E-mail info@coastaldiscovery.org
Projected Annual Revenue $1,074,900.00 (2016)
Mission Statement

The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn is a not-for-profit, community based, educational institution dedicated to fostering greater knowledge and appreciation of the cultural heritage and natural history of South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

The Museum accomplishes its mission through:

An active program of permanent and temporary exhibits

Hands-on educational activities for people of all ages

Comprehensive programming for local schools and teachers

Informal learning experiences through a system of interpretive panels/trails

Promoting a sense of community through a wide range of special events

Maintaining stewardship of the historic Honey Horn property.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Rex Garniewicz
Board Chair Fred Manske
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1986
Financial Summary
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Mission

The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn is a not-for-profit, community based, educational institution dedicated to fostering greater knowledge and appreciation of the cultural heritage and natural history of South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

The Museum accomplishes its mission through:

An active program of permanent and temporary exhibits

Hands-on educational activities for people of all ages

Comprehensive programming for local schools and teachers

Informal learning experiences through a system of interpretive panels/trails

Promoting a sense of community through a wide range of special events

Maintaining stewardship of the historic Honey Horn property.

Background

The Coastal Discovery Museum is one of the most memorable destinations on Hilton Head Island. The museum’s trails will take you through live oaks draped with Spanish moss, to camellia and heirloom gardens, across boardwalks which overlook the salt marsh, and past our butterfly enclosure and Marsh Tacky horses.   The museum’s core exhibitions track the geological and historical evolution of the island and reveal how the island’s complex environment and fascinating cultures have been shaped over time.  Temporary exhibitions often highlight Lowcountry artists who translate some of these fascinating stories into visually stunning art. Collections include natural history objects, cultural artifacts, and fine art, all of which help the museum show visitors why this place is so special.

 

Bring the entire family to explore natural history and cultural heritage on the 68 acres surrounding the museum.  You will find that you will always want to come back and discover more.  The museum also offers a number of offsite tours, including dolphin and nature cruises and a shrimp trawling expedition.

Impact
The Museum provides over 30 programs and tours on Hilton Head Island every week. Geared to familiarize visitors with the island, these programs focus on the Lowcountry's natural history and cultural heritage. Last year we reached 98,691 individuals and this year we will serve nearly 120,000.
 
For the past seven years, the Museum has enhanced and expanded its public programs: Lowcountry live animals, walks, talks, tours, workshops, temporary exhibitions, special visitor days, horseshoe and blue crab programs, dolphin cruises, shrimp trawling expeditions, marine life presentations, birding, butterfly workshops, Native Islander demonstrations, youth day camps, Civil War programs, sweet grass basket-making classes, loggerhead sea turtle presentations and beach walks.
 
The museum has raised funds for a new education center that will be built by the fall of 2015.  This building will allow us to grow our school programming beyond what is possible now.  We serve nearly 6,000 school children per year, but many of these kids go to multiple programs, so we can count over 10,000 programs delivered to school children from Beaufort County.  We provide scholarships for many school groups who could not otherwise attend the museum.
 
The Museum also provides many learning and volunteer opportunities for Island residents.  Our nature and history lectures are always full, and over 150 volunteers help us greet visitors, manage our store, run programs, work on the grounds, and help care for the Marsh Tacky horses.  We are an important part of community building on Hilton Head Island. 
Needs
The Museum needs scholarships for classes to attend our programs, support can be in any amount from $150-$500
 
The Museum wants to do more programming in our new Discovery Lab, and support in the amount of $500-$1500 will help us develop and provide new educational opportunities.
 
Gifts of $1,500 to $2,500 will help us update some of our exhibits and signage and help us serve our mission.
 
An annual gift of $3,000 will fund our ongoing collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution and lead to better educational programming and will allow us to use all of the resources of the Smithsonian, including a joint membership program.
 
An annual gift of $9,000 would allow us to fully care for the two Marsh Tacky horses that we have in residence at the Museum, a partial gift would also help us care for them. 
 
The Museum would like to improve our grounds and buildings while still keeping them open to the public at no charge.  Gifts to the Capital Campaign of $5,000 to $25,000 help us to be good stewards of Honey Horn Property so that everyone can enjoy it. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement I am absolutely thrilled to be the new President and CEO of the Coastal Discovery Museum.  Everyone whom I have met on Hilton Head Island has been so supportive of this institution, and over the past year I have come to realize what a resource it is for the community.  It truly is both an amazingly beautiful place and a museum that allows you to discover the Lowcountry up close.  We could not be what we are without the great support we get from the Town of Hilton Head Island, our great volunteers and docents, and the support that we get from so many people who call this island home.
Board Chair Statement After 8 years of operation at Honey Horn, the Coastal Discovery Museum is poised for growth.  We have tremendous demand for participating in our programs and educational offerings, and one of our strongest needs is to grow the organization to meet this demand.  For many years, we have operated with a small staff of only 6 full-time employees, and we are looking to expand our staff to better serve the 100,000 people per year who have some interaction with the museum, through our property, educational programs and exhibits, presentations, or tours.
Areas of Service
Area
National
The Coastal Discovery Museum is open free to the public 7 days a week. Of our 100,000 annual visitors, we serve nearly 34,000 students. Both local residents and visitors to the island get to experience Lowcountry nature and culture first hand, learning to preserve natural environments and respect human diversity.
Board Chair
Board Chair Fred Manske
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2016
Email famj@hargray.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Karen Anderson Retired
Mark Baker Wood + Partners
Elizabeth Birdwell Coastal States Bank
Lindsay Bunting Sea Pines Real Estate
Dede Bush Community Volunteer
Ellen Dupps Community Volunteer
Herbert Ford Retired
Neil Green Retired
Sonny Huntley Charter One Realty
Jane Inglis Hilton Head Prep.
Lynn King Tide Pointe
Fred Manske Retired
Becky McCorkendale Community Volunteer
Tom Peeples Tom Peeples Builder
Heidi Perez Community Volunteer
Shirley Peterson Hollis Enterprises
Leslie Richardson Richardson Group
Paul Stevens Retired
Tom Tracy Retired
Tom Wertheimer Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 12
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 76%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 95%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Education
Finance
Operations
Other Boards
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Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Rex Garniewicz
Experience

Nov. 2011 – June 2014   Deputy Director, San Diego Museum of Man

The Deputy Director provides leadership for the museum’s excellence in exhibitions, public programs, educational offerings, and collection development. He maintains strong relationships with corporate and individual donors and has a close working relationship with the Board of Trustees.  

During my 2 ½ year tenure at the San Diego Museum of Man I created a visitor experience department, developed a program of engaging exhibits, partnered with community organizations, and received significant federal grants to improve the curation and digitization of the collections.   

After my tenure at the San Diego Museum of Man, I continued to consult with them when the Smithsonian Institution decided to travel the exhibition BEERology which I developed and curated for the San Diego Museum of Man. I am now curating the traveling version for Smithsonian SITES.

 April 2002 – November 2011             Progressive Positions, Indiana State Museum

             Over nearly ten years at the Indiana State Museum, I held 5 positions of increasing responsibility, starting out as a curator and completing my tenure as a vice president.  As a curator I developed exhibitions and educational programming within the archaeology section and was recognized by the National Park Service for my work at Lick Creek.  I rapidly increased my managerial responsibilities and came to serve as the Director of Collections.  At the same time I was asked to serve on the Board of the AAM Curator’s Committee.  During a time of turmoil at the institution I stepped up to lead the entire programmatic section of the museum.  Following the selection of a new CEO, I took charge of the Science and Technology section, leading the production of a major 10,000 square foot exhibition, the incorporation of the Indiana Academy of Sciences offices into the State Museum, and the development of a partnership with Discovery Park at Purdue University. 

Former Executive Director/CEOs
NameTerm
Michael Marks 2002 - 2014
Staff
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 10
Volunteers 150
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Diversity Policy
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Smithsonian Institution2015
Programs
Description The Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Protection Project monitors sea turtle nesting and hatching activity on Hilton Head Island from May to October. This conservation project began in 1985 and is managed by the Coastal Discovery Museum.
Budget 37000
Short Term Success Public awareness of sea turtle nesting and hatchling behaviors has led to reduced lighting on beaches and significantly fewer baby turtle deaths.
Long Term Success Program has been highly effective in conducting daily full-coverage beach surveys that mark and protect all loggerhead sea turtles nesting on Hilton Head Island. Twenty-eight years of data demonstrate increased hatchling success. Our Sea Turtle Protection Project is recognized as one of the most successful programs in South Carolina.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY All turtle nests are numbered, monitored for hatching, hatching success is measured when the nest is emptied.
Description We deliver over 10,000 hands-on educational programs to students each year.  Some programs focus on the environment, others on history, and a few on art.  Some of our most popular ones cross all of these disciplines. Ultimately our goal is to encourage all students to be curious about the world around them and to become lifelong learners, regardless of their current economic situation.
Budget $70,000
Short Term Success Each class we provide meets specific educational standards which are testable, but our organizational goal for success is to not turn away any school groups due to need.  We want to provide scholarships for onsite and offsite programs that will allow all schools to participate in our learning opportunities. 
Long Term Success We have had tremendous success in inspiring students to have careers in science, history, and art.  Many students who came to the museum as part of school groups, returned to work on projects around the property when they were in high school.  Some students have been inspired enough to follow career paths such as marine biology in their higher education.
Strategy Yes
Description We have created a dedicated building for teaching all about Hilton Head Island's history, science, and culture.  Complete with exhibits, live animals, artifacts, and tools like microscopes, students can discover the Lowcountry up close!  This building will be staffed to be open 5-days per week for school groups and family programming year-round.
Budget $140,000
Short Term Success Short term successes will be tied to topics such as understanding the salt marsh ecosystem, looking at the social behavior of honeybees, examining at how we can live sustainably, and learning about the Gullah culture.  
Long Term Success One of the primary goals of the discovery lab is for students to be able to connect what they see around them, particularly the natural world and other cultures - past and present, so that they live fuller lives, and understand the importance of protecting the natural world and being understanding of people who are different from them.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY Success monitored both quantitatively by testing and qualitatively by talking with students, teachers, and parents.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2016
Projected Revenue $1,074,900.00
Projected Expenses $1,074,900.00
Form 990s
990
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$243,938$272,657$144,510
Government Contributions$310,669$220,713$225,777
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$310,669$220,713$225,777
Individual Contributions------
$0$0$0
$323,014$291,618$266,304
Investment Income, Net of Losses$110,482$5,870$8,138
Membership Dues$33,253$35,261$31,850
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$803$20,500$0
Other($1,564)($578)$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$652,472$588,020$611,397
Administration Expense$466,506$374,835$370,283
Fundraising Expense$0$10,522$25,860
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.111.070.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses58%60%61%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%2%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$6,105,981$5,956,891$5,913,992
Current Assets$499,386$608,334$1,077,449
Long-Term Liabilities$73,371$85,460$105,475
Current Liabilities$70,772$31,356$34,774
Total Net Assets$5,961,838$5,840,075$5,773,743
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.0619.4030.98
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%1%2%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose Construction of new building
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes Nov 2015
Nonprofit COASTAL DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Address 70 Honey Horn Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
Primary Phone (843) 689-6767 227
CEO/Executive Director Rex Garniewicz
Board Chair Fred Manske
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 1986