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Non-Profit Spotlight: Port Royal Sound Foundation

MISSION

To preserve the Port Royal Sound for the environmental, cultural and economic well-being of our area.

HISTORY

In November 2014, the foundation opened the doors of the Maritime Center, a free museum with over 30 exhibits – including live animals – that help educate visitors of all ages about the beautiful Port Royal Sound. The Maritime Center is located in the middle of Beaufort County on the shores of the Chechessee River and is accessible by car and boat.

WHO IT HELPS

The Maritime Center is the perfect destination for tourists and locals who are interested in learning about the Lowcountry’s extraordinary salt marsh ecosystem. Visitors enjoy a 3,000-gallon aquarium, touch tanks, local artwork, historic artifacts and amazing views of the Chechessee River from the center’s docks. Children see fish, crabs and alligators, and learn all about what they can do to protect local wildlife. The center educates thousands of schoolchildren, residents and visitors every year about the importance of the Sound by hosting field trips, special events and guest presentations.

HOW TO HELP

Volunteers help keep the Maritime Center open by greeting guests, guiding field trips, cleaning fish tanks and assisting with special projects and events. Contact the center to sign up for an upcoming volunteer training class. The Port Royal Sound Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and relies on the generosity of donations and grants to keep admission to the Maritime Center free of charge. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be made on the foundation website, by mail, in person or by calling the foundation office. You can also help by attending an event, such as story time Tuesdays (9:30 a.m.), the STEAM Festival (Aug. 24) or Night On the Sound (Oct. 19).

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE PORT ROYAL SOUND FOUNDATION
Call 843-645-7774 or visit PortRoyalSoundFoundation.org