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 Trip Activities
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 the Port Royal Sound through exhibits, artifacts and live animals. The fun and educational Maritime Center has something for all ages!
Grades: K – 12th
Sea Jelly Build
Grades: K – 1st
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Relay Race!
Grades: K – 4th
Design your own reusable canvas tote bag with anatomically correct fish molds and your own unique touch! This activity teaches the importance of reusable materials, and students get to take their bag home to use over and over!
Grades: K – 5th
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
SCDNR’s South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement program is a hands-on, physical activity, where students learn about oysters as a keystone species and all that they provide environmentally and economically. Students take part in bagging oyster shell – the building blocks of oyster reefs – that SCDNR will use in their restoration projects.
Grades: 4th – 12th
A walk through our 105-acre campus investigates the transition from a lush maritime forest to an active salt marsh. Birds, snakes and arrowheads are often discovered on our hikes!
Grades: 3rd – 12th
(Option for grades 6th-12th: salt marsh transects use of data collecting tools and identification charts help to pinpoint your location in the salt marsh)
Seeds 2 Shoreline
A 2-part program that involves the gathering of Spartina alterniflora seeds, their germination and growth (at your school), and the planting of the Spartina in the salt marsh at the Maritime Center. Kids learns about plant growth and the many benefits of our most abundant plant in the Port Royal Sound. Schedule seed gathering field trip in the fall, and planting field trip in the spring.
Grades: 6th – 7th
Dock Fouling Communities
What complex ecosystem lives under our docks? Students will use standard microscope techniques to identify numerous invertebrates that live in the Port Royal Sound.
Grades: 5th – 12th
Man and the Port Royal Sound
How do we impact our waters and surrounding environment? Through use of an Enviroscape interactive model, students will understand the impact of pollution on our waters and learn how they can make a difference. (optional: in-house field trip)
Grades: 5th – 12th
Buoy on a Budget
Students construct a model research buoy using limited resources. This team building competition puts your knowledge of technology, engineering, and resourcefulness to the test.
Grades: 5th – 12th
Students will learn about the form and function of a squid by examining the internal and external anatomy. This dissection teaches students the environmental and economic importance of marine invertebrates.
Spartina Marine Education Charters offer a 45-minute excursion on the Chechessee River. Captain Amber Kuehn will lead a scientific expedition where students learn about local marine mammals, birds, sea life, spartina grasses and environmental factors.
Captain Amber 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.
Eco-Boat Tours are unavailable from December to February.
Oyster Bag Dissections
Dive into the ecosystem of an oyster reef through the dissection of an oyster bags from our own artificial oyster reef. The bags placed by SCDNR will be pulled from the reef and cut open to see various critters who call the reef their home. Learn about oyster reef ecology and the importance of these reefs found in our estuarine system.
Grades 4th – 12th
Call today to customize your field trip! Our Field Trip Coordinator can tailor any program to fit your needs.
What you need to know
Field trips 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).
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 and squid dissection for additional $2/student
Boat excursions are available for an additional charge:
Up to 40 participants: $400
Up to 60 participants: $500
310 Okatie Highway, Okatie, SC 29909
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm & Saturday 10am-4pm
Port Royal Sound Foundation