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 ration 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.
2 activity field trip = $6/student
3 activity field trip = $8/student
4+ activity field trip = $10/student

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

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

Booking

Field Trip Waiver: All participants must sign a field trip waiver. Download the PDF here to print and distribute.

Field Trip Checklist:

  1. Review list of field trip activities.
  2. Click the book a field trip button.
  3. Review available dates on calendar and click book appointment.
  4. Fill out the request an appointment form and click request appointment.
  5. The form is sent to PRSF and you will be emailed confirmation of receipt within 24 hours.
  6. PRSF will call to discuss and confirm the details of your trip.
  7. Payment is due by the day of the field trip.
  8. Waivers for students, teachers and chaperones are due by the day of the field trip.

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.

Kindergarten

Plant or Animal?

Students learn the differences between animals and plants in the marine ecosystem by learning body parts and plants and the fundamentals of life in the marine ecosystem. Adult and juvenile body plans are assessed and taught through visual and interactive activities.

First Grade

Plants & Recycling

The maritime plants that surround the Port Royal Sound are vital for its survival. We discuss saltwater tolerant plants and their different adaptations. We also discuss the role they play in the marine ecosystem as buffers and fertilizer. Recycling plays a huge role in keeping the Port Royal Sound and its surrounding bodies of water healthy. Students will discover ways they can contribute.

Second Grade

Animal Classification

The ability to classify animals allows us to assess animals when confronted by them and properly take care. The marine ecosystem is so diverse that we discuss super fauna and common critters anyone could encounter on a day at the beach. Form and function is emphasized to help students better understand why animals function the way they do.

Third Grade

Life Cycles & Food Webs

The food web and life cycles are critical to understanding an ecosystem. We discuss the complex food web in our marine ecosystem and discuss the importance of keystone animals. We also discuss the life cycles many marine organisms go through as they make their way up the food chain.

Fourth Grade

Sun, Moon & Tides

The sun and moon and their gravitational pulls, along with our large continental shelf, are responsible for the incredible tidal range in our area. Tides create an extreme living environment, where few animals can survive. We talk about how tides develop, what lives in the tidal ranges and the special adaptations that allow those organisms to survive.

Fifth Grade

Port Royal Sound Ecosystem

Defining an ecosystem is very complex, with many variables affecting its health. We discuss the different parts of the Port Royal Sound and discuss what factors affect the Sound’s ecosystem, including barrier islands, the lack of freshwater input and turbidity.

Sixth Grade

Advanced Animal Classification

We discuss the lesser known critters found in the Port Royal Sound and the huge impacts they have on our ecosystem. Form and function are  explained in detail to help students differentiate families and species.

Seventh Grade

Water! Biotic & Abiotic Factors

With the Port Royal Sound a purely saltwater inlet, few know the detrimental impact that fresh water has on the estuarine ecosystem. Students learn the major impacts, along with ways people can help with stormwater runoff.

Eighth Grade

Port Royal Sound Geography

Geography plays an important role in Port Royal Sound’s uniqueness. With no fresh water flowing into it, this tidal inlet is greatly affected by stormwater runoff systems, geographical depressions and man-made infrastructure. Students will learn how and why geography is so important to the Sound’s health.

High school

Custom Experience

We’ll customize an experience for your students. Please call to discuss possibilities that correlate to your unit of study (843) 645-7774 ext. 203

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.

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

Port Royal Sound Foundation

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