State of the Sound Symposium

State of the Sound Symposium – Raising Awareness Through Research

Okatie, SC – The Port Royal Sound Foundation is excited to announce the first State of the Sound Symposium, sponsored by Dominion Energy & The Spring Island Trust and moderated by Dr. Chris Marsh. The event will be held virtually, via Zoom, on Friday, February 11th from 9:00am – 3:30pm. Several area experts from SC Department of Natural Resources and University of South Carolina-Beaufort will discuss what knowledge currently exists about the ecology of the Port Royal Sound. The event will feature a series of short talks covering an array of topics including crustaceans, fish, underwater soundscapes, dolphins, shorebirds, water quality, geology, and land use. A roundtable discussion will follow that explores how future research can help us better understand and protect this incredible resource in the heart of the Lowcountry. Registration, information & schedule available at:

The Port Royal Sound Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is dedicated to preserving the Port Royal Sound for the environmental, cultural and economic well-being of our area.  The Foundation is committed to education, research, conservation and sustainability.

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If you would like more information, please contact Kat Armstrong at 843-645-7774 or email at

At A Glance


From creature feedings to nature hikes, we’ve got exciting events for the whole family to enjoy.


We are centrally located in Beaufort County, where S.C. 170 crosses the Chechessee River. Just take the right exit from either direction at the bridge.

Field Trips

Fun for all ages, field trips enhance students’ classroom curriculum and gives them a unique understanding of our coastal environment.


Truly the heart of our Foundation, volunteering is the perfect way to learn more about what makes the Sound so important to us.

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