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

Now in the Habersham Rotating Exhibit Room
On display through April 30
The Sun City Photography Club has installed a beautiful array of photographs reflecting the beauty of the Port Royal Sound area. Nearly three dozen framed photographs taken by members are displayed for pubic viewing. Everything from crabs to alligators to herons can be seen in this true celebration of the Port Royal Sound eco-system. There are even a few shots of the old Lemon Island Marina which the Maritime Center now calls home. The exhibit will run through the end of March. Framed prints are available for purchase with 30% of proceeds benefiting the the Port Royal Sound Foundation.

Story Time
Wednesday, April 1, 12:30 PM
A comfy floor pillow, a nature story or two, and a special activity to do. Bring your toddlers and preschoolers 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.

Kayak Tours with Marshland Adventures
Saturday, April 4, 12 - 2PM
Take a guided kayak tour around the beautiful Port Royal Sound Area with ACA instructor Eric Burns of Marshland Adventures. Children under 12 must be in a tandem kayak with an adult. 

$40/single or $50/tandem. Reservations required. Call 645-7774 or stop by the Maritime Center to reserve your spot.

Story Time
Wednesday, April 8, 12:30 PM
A comfy floor pillow, a nature story or two, and a special activity to do. Bring your toddlers and preschoolers 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, April 10, 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, April 10, 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 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. Summer classes are also available.

Tuesday Talks: Fly Fishing, Tony Royal
Tuesday, April 14, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
If you have ever had a question on fly fishing in the Lowcountry this is the talk for you.  The Lowcountry is home to a wide variety of fish that can be pursued on a fly rod; from red fish to tarpon.  This presentation will focus on the many nuances of fly fishing in the marine waters of Port Royal Sound.   Mr. Royal is a lifelong outdoorsman and moved to Beaufort in 1995 to open Baystreet Outfitters.    

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

Story Time
Wednesday, April 15, 12:30 PM
A comfy floor pillow, a nature story or two, and a special activity to do. Bring your toddlers and preschoolers 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.

Kayak Tours with Marshland Adventures
Saturday, April 18, 12 - 2PM
Take a guided kayak tour around the beautiful Port Royal Sound Area with ACA instructor Eric Burns of Marshland Adventures. Children under 12 must be in a tandem kayak with an adult. 

$40/single or $50/tandem. Reservations required. Call 645-7774 or stop by the Maritime Center to reserve your spot.

Prayers for the Water: a community sing/concert
Saturday, April 18, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Let's gather and SING our PRAISES for the WATER! Recording artist Heather Houston's Prayers for the Water, is a creative effort that connects her to the waters of the world, and her CD Tour has led her to the waters of Beaufort. This concert will include songs from many different traditions, all honoring and blessing the element of life-giving wonder. There will be a "Blessing of the Water" and all who attend are requested to bring a small sample of water from one of their favorite lowcountry rivers, the ocean, or rain water.

Offered by Threshold Singers of the Lowcountry as a gift to our community. Contributions of gratitude are appreciated but not necessary. For more information, contact Pat Keown at: pkeown@embarqmail.com.

Story Time
Wednesday, April 22, 12:30 PM
A comfy floor pillow, a nature story or two, and a special activity to do. Bring your toddlers and preschoolers 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, April 24, 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, April 24, 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 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!

Classic Car Show
Saturday, April 25, 11 AM - 1 PM
The Classic Car & Truck Club of Beaufort will be showcasing about 25 member cars in the Maritime Center's parking lot. Come out and see the beauty of land and sea! No admission charge. 

Tuesday Talks: Lowcountry Plants, Dr. Richard Porcher
Tuesday, April 28, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Have you ever been struck by the beauty of a wildflower you were unable to identify? Or have you wondered why cotton and indigo were grown instead of rice in most of Beaufort County? Dr. Porcher has the answers for you!  Dr. Porcher is a botany professor, well published author, noted field biologist, and will be speaking at the Maritime Center about what makes the Lowcountry’s flora so unique.  This talk will cover a breadth of botanical topics and the ecological and culture importance of our Lowcountry plants.

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

Story Time
Wednesday, April 29, 12:30 PM
A comfy floor pillow, a nature story or two, and a special activity to do. Bring your toddlers and preschoolers 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, May 6, 12:30 PM
A comfy floor pillow, a nature story or two, and a special activity to do. Bring your toddlers and preschoolers 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, May 8, 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, May 8, 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 May 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!

Tuesday Talks: Photographing the Lowcountry, Eric Horan
Tuesday, May 12, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Learn the tricks-of-the-trade from one of the Lowcountry’s most accomplished photographers.  Mr. Horan has been published in magazines such as Fortune, Time, and Newsweek and has set up shop in Beaufort where he follows his passion: photographing everything the Lowcountry has to offer.  This talk will explore the ins and outs of nature photography and how to make the best use of natural light and your surroundings.

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

Story Time
Wednesday, May 13, 12:30 PM
A comfy floor pillow, a nature story or two, and a special activity to do. Bring your toddlers and preschoolers 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.

Tuesday Talks: Talking Turkey, Jay Walea
Tuesday, May 19, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Mr. Walea is the Director of the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy and has spent his whole life in pursuit of one animal: The Eastern Wild Turkey.  Aside from being an expert on how to manage land for turkey Mr. Walea is also incredibly well versed in the language, behavior, and overall biology of North America’s largest game bird. This talk will involve live demonstrations of turkey calls, explanations of the different calls, and antidotes from Mr. Walea’s person experiences with these birds. 

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

Story Time
Wednesday, May 20, 12:30 PM
A comfy floor pillow, a nature story or two, and a special activity to do. Bring your toddlers and preschoolers 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, May 22, 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, May 22, 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 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!

Story Time
Wednesday, May 27, 12:30 PM
A comfy floor pillow, a nature story or two, and a special activity to do. Bring your toddlers and preschoolers 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.

Tuesday Talks: History of Bluffton
Tuesday, June 9, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Carolyn Coppola, Celebrate Bluffton

$8/person. 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