Take some time to read about the naturalists that will be guiding you on your next adventure.
Captain, Joe Lotts has been guiding since the young age of fifteen. After discovering his love and tremendous passion for the outdoors, Joe attended and graduated from Brevard College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education. While living in the mountains of North Carolina, Joe sharpened his kayaking and guiding skills in whitewater rivers and steep mountainous creeks. After moving to Charleston, Joe worked other outdoor nature programs mastering the skills needed to provide the best guiding service in the region. After 16 years of experience, Joe has branched off to start Charleston Outdoor Adventures, LLC, the leading outfitter of Folly Beach, South Carolina. “Here at COA we will create an outdoor experience and memories that will be cherished for life”.
Captain, Tripp Copeland, III, from Winton, N.C., discovered his love of the outdoors at an early age. Spending his summers in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, he grew an appreciation of the East Coast and its waters especially. Tripp followed his passion to Brevard College, where he graduated with a degree in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education. He started guiding naturalist kayak tours in 2003 in Beaufort, N.C. From there, he moved to Charleston, S.C., where he has been guiding ever since. Living in Charleston, he has developed a great enthusiasm for the Lowcountry and a wide knowledge of its estuaries and wildlife. Now working for Charleston Outdoor Adventures, Tripp is excited to be working with a company that shares his views on the importance of promoting awareness about local environments and ecosystems.
Anna Sullivan:Formally from Woodstock, NY, Anna is a 2011 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a masters of science in Deaf Education. She has lived, kayaked, taught, and traveled in Australia, Hawaii, New York, Colorado, New Mexico, Boston, and now South Carolina. Fluent in American Sign Language, Anna is a traveler extraordinaire and dolphin tamer. She spends her free time outside biking, running, swimming, dancing, hiking, hula hooping, and watching the sunset. She looks forward to taking you on a unique, fun, and exciting tour through Charleston’s beautiful salt water estuary systems with that earth lovin’ attitude. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll catch her doing yoga on a paddle board early in the morning or hula hooping under the sunset.
Derek Evenhouse: Derek was born and raised in the mitten state as a young dutch lad. He graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources. After leaving the frigid north, he has lived and traveled around the US working with an organization called the Lost Bus he and his friends founded. Through the eclectic variety of past work, Derek has lead a number of outdoor trips in a wide range of elevations and environments. From fighting fires in Alabama to singing in a gospel choir in Colorado, he may be the jack of all trades. He currently is the Strand Feeding Coordinator here on Folly Creek for the resident Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin pods and always attempts to orchestrate these dinner dates with his paddling tours.
Luke Levanchy: Recently retired from the insurance industry, Luke is our Stand Up Paddle Boarding expert. Spending a majority of his free time on the water, he knows all the small creeks like the back of his hand and can get anyone to stand up confidently on their board.
Ford Prioleau Menefee: Pri is a 12th generation Charlestonian and brings Southern Hospitality to a new level on Bowens Island. He currently attends Porter-Gaud, and plans to attend MUSC after graduation. Known by many names here on campus, Junior is an excellent kayak and paddle board instructor. You’ll find him on a paddle board at any point during the day clad in his favorite pink COA shirt and straw hat.