Connecting people with the waters
and the lands of 
Port Royal Sound

Open Tuesday - Saturday

10 AM - 5 PM 

 310 Okatie Highway

Between Beaufort and Okatie at the Chechessee River bridge
on the site of the former Lemon Island Marina 

(843) 645-7774 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS at the Maritime Center

Gullah History & Culture through Art
Now 
through February 28
Presented by the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island and curated by multi-media artist Amiri Farris, our current installation in the Habersham Rotating Exhibit Room features Farris's artwork portraying Gullah life, sweetgrass baskets by weavers Michael Smalls and Dino Badger whose intricate, one-of-a-kind pieces represent true Lowcountry craftsmanship, and other artifacts relating to the rich Gullah cultural heritage. Live presentations and demonstrations every Saturday from 11 AM - 2 PM.  See details below.

Art Demonstration & Talk
Saturday, January 31, 11 AM - 2 PM
Multi-media artist Amiri Farris will be on hand to discuss his unique art style featuring Gullah lifestyle and culture. Presented in conjunction with the "Gullah History & Culture through Art" exhibit.

Volunteer Orientation 
Tuesday, February 3, 9:30 - 11:30 AM
 
Send us an email or call 645-7774 to register. 

Tuesday Talks: Sharks!
Tuesday, February 3, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Did you know new evidence shows that white sharks live more than 70 years in the North Atlantic? Shark expert Bryan Frazier, with the SC Department of Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division, will share his knowledge of the local Port Royal Sound sharks, as well as his work with Ocearch, a non-profit organization studying the movement, biology and health of sharks, including tiger sharks tagged here in the Port Royal Sound area this past summer. $8/person. Call 645-7774 or stop by the Maritime Center to reserve your seat.

Story Time
Wednesday, February 4, 12:30 PM
A comfy floor pillow, a special nature story or two, and perhaps even an activity to do. Bring your little ones to spend time with our crew of enthusiastic readers. There is no charge for this activity. Story Time is offered every Wednesday at 12:30 PM

Birding for Beginners
Friday, February 6, 8 - 10 AM
Structured exclusively for beginners to learn about winter water birds of the Port Royal Sound Area. The class will start with a presentation of the different types of water birds (wading, water fowl, shore birds) and then journey just down the road to Widgeon Point for an outdoor field experience. This study should provide a foundation to becoming a successful birder. Binoculars and field guides are highly recommended.

$10/person. Reservations required. Call 645-7774 or stop by the Maritime Center to reserve your seat.

Eco-Expeditions
Friday, February 6, 10 AM, 12 NOON & 2PM
We are excited to welcome back Capt. Amber of Spartina Marine Education Charters for more eco-expeditions on the Chechessee River. Different from a sight-seeing tour, Capt. Amber will lead an in depth revelation of the Lowcountry waterways. It’s a classroom on a boat! Local crabs, shrimp, and fish will make a temporary appearance on board in a viewing tank. Dolphins, egrets and even bald eagles have been known to try and tag along with the class. Expeditions will last between 1½ and 1¾ hours. This is definitely a class you won’t want to skip!  $40 for ages 12 and up, $30 for ages 6 - 11. Call 645-7774 or stop by the Maritime Center to reserve your seat!

Hilton Head Island Back in the Day
Saturday, February 7, 11 AM, 12 PM & 1 PM
Join Producer and Director, Carrie and Butch Hirsch, at a special screening of their recently released documentary 'Hilton Head Island Back in the Day: Through the  Eyes of the Gullah Elders. This is a moving documentary that helps viewers to understand Gullah-Geechee culture and how it has survived since the days before the Civil War. The producer and director will be available for Q & A between screenings. Presented in conjunction with the "Gullah History & Culture through Art" exhibit. LIMITED SEATING. Arriving early is recommended.

Tuesday Talks: Keeping it Local
Tuesday, February 10, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
What exactly does the term 'local seafood' mean? Is it seafood from Beaufort County, South Carolina, or the entire Southeastern United States? Local restaurateur, Andrew Carmines, will talk about what it takes to get local seafood from the water to the table. He will explain the many benefits of 'buying local' to both consumers and to restaurants. Not only does Mr. Carmines practice and advocate buying local seafood, he is also involved in sustainable harvesting and mariculture stewardship. This is sure to be a fascinating talk on how our local businesses rely on the Port Royal Sound.  

$8/person. Call 645-7774 or stop by the Maritime Center to reserve your seat.

Story Time
Wednesday, February 11, 12:30 PM
A comfy floor pillow, a special nature story or two, and perhaps even an activity to do. Bring your little ones to spend time with our crew of enthusiastic readers. There is no charge for this activity. Story Time is offered every Wednesday at 12:30 PM

Volunteer Orientation 
Tuesday, February 16, 5:30 - 7:30 PM 
Send us an email or call 645-7774 to register. 

Story Time
Wednesday, February 18, 12:30 PM
A comfy floor pillow, a special nature story or two, and perhaps even an activity to do. Bring your little ones to spend time with our crew of enthusiastic readers. There is no charge for this activity. Story Time is offered every Wednesday at 12:30 PM

Birding for Beginners
Friday, February 20, 8 - 10 AM
Structured exclusively for beginners to learn about winter water birds of the Port Royal Sound Area. The class will start with a presentation of the different types of water birds (wading, water fowl, shore birds) and then journey just down the road to Widgeon Point for an outdoor field experience. This study should provide a foundation to becoming a successful birder. Binoculars and field guides are highly recommended.

$10/person. Reservations required. Call 645-7774 or stop by the Maritime Center to reserve your seat.

Eco-Expeditions
Friday, February 20, 10 AM, 12 NOON & 2PM
We are excited to welcome back Capt. Amber of Spartina Marine Education Charters for more eco-expeditions on the Chechessee River. Different from a sight-seeing tour, Capt. Amber will lead an in depth revelation of the Lowcountry waterways. It’s a classroom on a boat! Local crabs, shrimp, and fish will make a temporary appearance on board in a viewing tank. Dolphins, egrets and even bald eagles have been known to try and tag along with the class. Expeditions will last between 1½ and 1¾ hours. This is definitely a class you won’t want to skip!  $40 for ages 12 and up, $30 for ages 6 - 11. Call 645-7774 or stop by the Maritime Center to reserve your seat!

Basket Weaving Demonstration
Saturday, February 21, 11 AM - 2 PM
Sweetgrass basket weavers Michael Smalls and Dino Badger will share their lifelong skills in this Lowcountry specialty. Presented in conjunction with the "Gullah History & Culture through Art" exhibit.

Tuesday Talks: Talking in an Underwater World
Tuesday, February 24, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Ever wonder how our fish and marine mammals communicate in the Port Royal Sound? Dr. Eric Montie, Professor of biology at USCB, will be joining us to share his work on how animals communicate in a marine environment. Many of the research projects Dr. Montie has completed and is currently working on are based in the May River. This is a great opportunity to hear one of the area's premier marine professors speak about the most current research he is conducting in the area. 

$8/person. Call 645-7774 or stop by the Maritime Center to reserve your seat.

Story Time
Wednesday, February 25, 12:30 PM
A comfy floor pillow, a special nature story or two, and perhaps even an activity to do. Bring your little ones to spend time with our crew of enthusiastic readers. There is no charge for this activity. Story Time is offered every Wednesday at 12:30 PM

Art Demonstration & Talk
Saturday, February 28, 11 AM - 2 PM
Multi-media artist Amiri Farris will be on hand to discuss his unique art style featuring Gullah lifestyle and culture. Presented in conjunction with the "Gullah History & Culture through Art" exhibit.

Story Time
Wednesday, March 4, 12:30 PM
A comfy floor pillow, a special nature story or two, and perhaps even an activity to do. Bring your little ones to spend time with our crew of enthusiastic readers. There is no charge for this activity. Story Time is offered every Wednesday at 12:30 PM

Story Time
Wednesday, March 11, 12:30 PM
A comfy floor pillow, a special nature story or two, and perhaps even an activity to do. Bring your little ones to spend time with our crew of enthusiastic readers. There is no charge for this activity. Story Time is offered every Wednesday at 12:30 PM

Eco-Expeditions
Friday, March 13, 10 AM, 12 NOON & 2PM
We are excited to welcome back Capt. Amber of Spartina Marine Education Charters for more eco-expeditions on the Chechessee River. Different from a sight-seeing tour, Capt. Amber will lead an in depth revelation of the Lowcountry waterways. It’s a classroom on a boat! Local crabs, shrimp, and fish will make a temporary appearance on board in a viewing tank. Dolphins, egrets and even bald eagles have been known to try and tag along with the class. Expeditions will last between 1½ and 1¾ hours. This is definitely a class you won’t want to skip!  $40 for ages 12 and up, $30 for ages 6 - 11. Call 645-7774 or stop by the Maritime Center to reserve your seat!

Volunteer Orientation 
Saturday, March 14, 1 - 3 PM  **new date
Send us an email or call 645-7774 to register. 

Story Time
Wednesday, March 18, 12:30 PM
A comfy floor pillow, a special nature story or two, and perhaps even an activity to do. Bring your little ones to spend time with our crew of enthusiastic readers. There is no charge for this activity. Story Time is offered every Wednesday at 12:30 PM

Story Time
Wednesday, March 25, 12:30 PM
A comfy floor pillow, a special nature story or two, and perhaps even an activity to do. Bring your little ones to spend time with our crew of enthusiastic readers. There is no charge for this activity. Story Time is offered every Wednesday at 12:30 PM

Eco-Expeditions
Friday, March 27, 10 AM, 12 NOON & 2PM
We are excited to welcome back Capt. Amber of Spartina Marine Education Charters for more eco-expeditions on the Chechessee River. Different from a sight-seeing tour, Capt. Amber will lead an in depth revelation of the Lowcountry waterways. It’s a classroom on a boat! Local crabs, shrimp, and fish will make a temporary appearance on board in a viewing tank. Dolphins, egrets and even bald eagles have been known to try and tag along with the class. Expeditions will last between 1½ and 1¾ hours. This is definitely a class you won’t want to skip!  $40 for ages 12 and up, $30 for ages 6 - 11. Call 645-7774 or stop by the Maritime Center to reserve your seat!


Port Royal Sound Foundation, a 501(C)(3) non-profit, is dedicated to the betterment and conservation of the waters and lands of our unique salt marsh ecosystem that is the Port Royal Sound Estuary system. 

Our mission is to advance the awareness of Port Royal Sound and its contributions to the environmental, cultural, and economic well-being of our area, the region, and the Atlantic Ocean.  

The Port Royal Sound Area is our area of outreach which includes the many connected tidal rivers and creeks and surrounding lands influencing our special salt marsh ecosystem. We also include nearby bodies of water that have similar characteristics.

Please call us at (843) 645-7774 or email us at info@portroyalsoundfoundation.org with questions, comments, inquiries or to receive a copy of our latest newsletter!

 

Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors and Major Funders