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, 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.

Birding for Beginners
Friday, March 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. Program will be repeated March 20th.

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

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!  Eco-Expeditions will also be offered March 27, April 10 & 24, May 8 & 22, and June 5 & 19.

$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
If you are interested in volunteering at the Maritime Center or have already signed up to volunteer and have not yet attended an orientation center, or if you're already a volunteer and would like a refresher, we hope you'll join us!  

Please send an email or call 645-7774 to register for volunteer orientation.

Tuesday Talks: South Carolina's Artificial Reef System
Tuesday, March 17, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Why are military tanks, armored personnel carriers and NYC trolley cars all sitting on the bottom of South Carolina’s coastal waters?  SCDNR has created an extensive artificial reef system to include 45 active reefs.  David Harter, President of HHI Sportfishing Club and VP/Projects Director of the Hilton Head Reef Foundation, has worked closely with SCDNR and will share his expertise on why reefs are important, what species utilize them, as well as specifics on the reef in the PRS system.  This is sure to be a talk every fisherman and fisherwoman will want to hear!

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

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.

Birding for Beginners
Friday, March 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.

Tuesday Talks: Diving in the Port Royal Sound
Tuesday, March 24, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Do you think you could brave the waters of PRS where underwater visibility is usually around 2-4 feet?  Still think you could knowing there are a plethora of sharks in our waters including: bull, tiger, and white sharks?  Join us as Jason Owen, owner/operator of Sea Island Divers, speaks about his firsthand experience diving in our waters.  You can find all sorts of treasure in the Port Royal Sound including megalodon teeth, Civil War artifacts, very old glass bottles, and all sorts of other ancient animal artifacts.  Mr. Owen will tell you about his personal experience diving here, opportunities for divers in this area, and how to safely get involved in our areas incredible diving scene.

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

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!  Eco-Expeditions will also be offered April 10 & 24, May 8 & 22, and June 5 & 19.

$40 for ages 12 and up, $30 for ages 6 - 11. Call 645-7774 or stop by the Maritime Center to reserve your seat!

Youth Boating Program
April 13-17, 9 AM - 2 PM
The PRSF Maritime Center is excited to host a camp experience for kids that gives them the gift of independence, adventure, and learning skills they can use for a lifetime!  Offered through the YMCA of Beaufort County in association with the Spirit of America Boating Education and Safety Program, the Youth Boating Program is designed to teach 11 - 15 year olds the skills required to become safe, successful mariners. The program will utilize hands-on method experiences; educate participants on functional components of sailboats, zodiacs, kayaks, canoes and stand up paddle boards; impart life skills such as teamwork and good decision making; and instill a sense of appreciation and respect for our environment. As part of the week-long course, students take the SC DNR Boating License class and exam. Contact Paul Spencer, YMCA Boating Director, for more information on the class and volunteer opportunities: (843) 522-9622 or boatingymca@gmail.com. This program will be repeated throughout the summer and is available for both YMCA members and non-members.


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