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 jkochman@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 the Port Royal Sound through exhibits, artifacts and live animals. The fun and educational Maritime Center has something for all ages!

Grades: K – 12th

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Sea Jelly Build

Learn about the wandering lives of Jellyfish through an interactive Sea Jelly build. Your future marine biologists will have fun and get to take home a crafted pet of their own. (optional: in-house field trip)

Grades: K – 1st

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Relay Race!

Explore the topic of marine debris – particularly plastics – and its ecological and economic impacts on the Port Royal Sound and all the world’s oceans. Students learn to sort between recyclable and reusable materials on the fly! This activity will test problem solving skills with light physical activity. (optional: in-house field trip)

Grades: K – 4th

Fish Printing

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

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

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SCORE

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

Nature Hike

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)

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Seeds 2 Shoreline

A 2-part program that involves the gathering of Spartina alterniflora seeds, ther 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

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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

Squid Dissection

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.

Grades: 5th – 12th

Additional $2/student

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

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Get in Touch

Maritime Center

(843) 645-7774
310 Okatie Highway, Okatie, SC 29909
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm & Saturday 10am-4pm

Get in Touch

Maritime Center

(843) 645-7774
310 Okatie Highway, Okatie, SC 29909
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm & Saturday 10am-4pm

Port Royal Sound Foundation

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