Field Trips

The Maritime Center welcomes all age groups to experience the wonders of the Port Royal Sound. Teachers work with our naturalists to create a schedule of activities that will enhance their classroom curriculum and give the students a unique understanding of their complex coastal environment.

Field Trips

The Maritime Center welcomes all age groups to experience the wonders of the Port Royal Sound. Teachers work with our naturalists to create a schedule of activities that will enhance their classroom curriculum and give the students a unique understanding of their complex coastal environment.

Field Trips

The Maritime Center welcomes all age groups to experience the wonders of the Port Royal Sound. Teachers work with our naturalists to create a schedule of activities that will enhance their classroom curriculum and give the students a unique understanding of their complex coastal environment.

Pricing & Scheduling

Field trips typically begin at 10am. Depending on the number of participants, classes are divided into groups and rotate through activity stations. Students can bring lunches to eat on the grounds. Typical field trips size is 60 students or less. Minimum of 10:1 student to adult ratio is required from your school (not including PRSF naturalists or volunteers). All participants must sign a field trip waiver. To receive a copy of the waiver, please email swalbert@portroyalsoundfoundation.org

Pricing

Final pricing will be quoted and confirmed by the PRSF prior to your arrival. Teachers and chaperones are free.
1 activity field trip = $6/student
2 activity field trip = $8/student
3 activity field trip = $10/student
4+ activity field trip = $12/student
Add fish printing activity for additional $2/student

Boat excursions are available for an additional charge:
Up to 40 participants: $400
Up to 60 participants: $500

We sometimes have limited grant dollars available to assist with field trips. If pricing is an issue for your school, please let us know.

Field Trip Checklist:

  1. Review list of field trip activities.
  2. Review available dates on calendar and click “Book Appointment”.
  3. Fill out the form and click “Request Appointment.”
  4. The form is sent to PRSF and you will be emailed confirmation of receipt within 24 hours.
  5. PRSF will call to discuss and confirm the details of your trip.
  6. Your Field Trip Contract is due ONE WEEK prior to your scheduled trip.
  7. Waivers for students, teachers and chaperones are due by the day of the field trip. A physical copy is required for each and every student/teacher/chaperone.

Field Trip Themes

We offer a variety of curriculum-based activities for creating the perfect field trip experience for your class. Depending on your schedule, most field trips include 2-4 activities. If you don’t see an activity that works for your class, contact us to discuss other options.

Maritime Center Tour

Come and explore the ecology and history of Beaufort County through models, live animals, artifacts and photos. The fun and educational Maritime Center has something for all ages!

Grades: K – 12th

Sea Jelly Build

Learn about the wandering lives of Jellyfish through an interactive Sea Jelly build. Your future marine biologist will have fun and get to take home a crafted pet of their own.

Grades: K – 1st

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Relay Race!

Learn how trash impacts not only the Port Royal Sound but all the world’s oceans. Students learn to sort between recycled and reusable materials on the fly! This activity will test problem solving skills with light physical activity.

Grades: K – 4th

Fish Printing

Design your own reusable canvas tote bag with model fish, stencils and your own unique touch. This activity teaches the importance of reusable materials – take your very own bag home and use it over and over!

Grades: K – 5th

Additional $2/student

Animal Classification 101

Using models, furs, bones, and live animals, students will learn to classify different groups of animals found in the Lowcountry. (optional: in-house field trip)

Grades: 3rd – 6th

SCORE

SCDNR’s South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement program is a hands on reef build where kids learn about oysters as a keystone species and all that they provide environmentally and economically.

Grades: 4th – 12th

Nature Hike

A walk through the Mobley Tract shows the zonation from a maritime forest into a lush salt marsh. (optional: Salt Marsh transects – use of data collecting tools and identification charts help to pin point your location in the salt marsh. Grades: 6th – 12th)

Grades: 3rd – 12th

Seeds 2 Shoreline

2-part program that involves the gathering of Spartina alterniflora (smooth cordgrass), the germination and growth (done on-site in the classroom), and the planting of the cordgrass back into the salt marsh. Kids learn about plant growth as well as the wonderful benefits of our most abundant plant in the Port Royal Sound.

Grades: 6th – 7th

Dock Fouling Communities

Take a look under the microscope to see an up close, complex ecosystem filled with numerous invertebrates that can be found on any structure floating in the water.

Grades: 5th – 12th

Enviroscape

Explore stormwater runoff through model explanations and learn how stormwater carries what we leave behind. (optional: in-house field trip)

Grades: 5th – 12th

Buoy on a Budget

Students construct a buoy used for data collection, this competition puts your knowledge of technology, engineering, and resourcefulness to the test.

Grades: 5th – 12th

Custom Trip

Call today to customize your field trip! Our Field Trip Coordinator can tailor any program to fit your needs. 

Optional Experiences

Boat Excursions

To enhance the field-trip experience, we have partnered with Spartina Marine Education Charters to offer a 45-minute excursion on the Chechessee River. This is no sight-seeing tour. Captain Amber Kuehn will lead a scientific expedition. Students learn about local marine mammals, birds, sea life and spartina grasses and environmental factors of the day and record what they see. They may play marine biologist and take samples of salinity, turbidity and water temperature. As a database of results is built, students will be able to compare samplings and develop cause-and-effect hypotheses.

Captain Kuehn operates a U.S. Coast Guard-certified, custom-made vessel designed specifically for school trips and educational excursions. Safety is always first and foremost; life vests are required and provided.

Thank you for another AMAZING trip to the Maritime Center and out into the Chechessee River. The students came back so energized and excited about everything they had seen, learned, touched, and experienced. Thank you for always meeting our needs curriculum wise – you are willing to work with me to tailor a presentation – I truly feel like we are partners in their education. I will continue using the Maritime Center as an extension of our classroom – taking the classroom out into the unique environment we are privileged to call home.

Shannon Duffy

Riverview Charter School

Today’s field trip embodied everything we hope for when we have these programs. Thank you Port Royal Sound Foundation for hitting it out of the park for us today. We are so thrilled to have enjoyed a program that was educationally rich with the right balance of fun and hands-on learning.

Lowcountry Field Trips

The students, chaperones, and I cannot thank you enough for our wonderful field trip to the Maritime Center! Some of our “wallflower” children really shined today when answering your questions. Seeing the pelts, snakes, hidden flounder, tiny crabs on the nature walk, and more, was all fascinating for the students. We all appreciated the great day!

Kathy Shillaber

Whale Branch Middle School

Field trip Schedule

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Get in Touch

Maritime Center

(843) 645-7774
310 Okatie Highway, Okatie, SC 29909

Get in Touch

Maritime Center

(843) 645-7774
310 Okatie Highway, Okatie, SC 29909

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