Student Trip Programs

The World between the Tides

Explore the Mysteries and Marvels of the Intertidal Zone

 The greatest salt marsh tidal ranges (distance between high and low tide lines) from southern Maine to the Florida Keys occur in South Carolinas’ Port Royal Sound Estuary. The salt marsh intertidal zone is a world unto itself at low tide and to explore it with Lowcountry Estuarium staff is an eye-opening, if somewhat muddy, adventure of discovery.

Learn how the intertwined life cycles of oysters and marsh grass are central to the health and vitality of the estuary and all that inhabit it. Observe how an oyster rake is a living metropolis supporting billions of inhabitants and visitors alike.

As an added treat you’ll be able to search a dredge spoil beach for 50m year old shark teeth and fossils.

Program length: 1hr. 30min. Fee $12.50 per person, driver and 2 group leaders comp.

Note: The two programs are offered as a combo package for $20 per person.

Note: Bookings are time of tide dependent.

Live Caught Wild American Shrimp

The Fascinating Route from Ocean to Tidal Creek to Plate

 Introduction to the fascinating life cycles of white and brown shrimp harvested locally both commercially and recreationally. You will visit a local dock to observe shrimp boats and their rigging and learn how they operate.

Learn the health issues concerning foreign farm raised shrimp and what environmental issues threaten local wild shrimp habitat. The program will conclude with instruction on when, where and how to throw a cast net.

Program length: 1hr. 30min. Fee $12.50 per person, driver and 2 group leaders comp.

Note: The two programs are offered as a combo package for $20 per person.

What’s an Estuary?

Learn what Estuaries are, How they Function, Why PRSES is Unique

PowerPoint presentation gives a basic understanding of estuaries in general before focusing on the unique nature of the Port Royal Sound Estuarine System. Included are videos guaranteed to entertain as they inform.

After a Q & A period there will be access to a touch table of dry specimens along with a traveling Estuarium table of live critters for viewing up close and personal.

Designed as an evening activity the presentation will take place in space provided by the overnight accommodations provider. May also be scheduled on relatively short notice should weather forecasts jeopardize planned outdoor activities.

Program length: 1hr. 30min. Fee $150