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Field Trip Information

WHAT SIZE GROUP CAN COME?

School groups can be no more than 27 people (students AND chaperones). Adult groups can be no more than 20 people.

HOW DO I GET A FERRY PASS?  

Please email a list of all participants (students, teachers, and chaperones) at least 24 hours prior to your field trip.  Your participant list must be entered into the ferry computer prior to boarding the ferry.

WHAT TIME DOES THE FERRY LEAVE? 

Scheduled groups board the 9:00 AM ferry at the Dewees Island Marina and depart Dewees on the 12:30 ferry.  The boat will leave PROMPTY, be sure to arrive early.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?  

Appropriate outdoor clothing, comfortable shoes (which can get sandy), sunscreen, bug spray, any prescription medication, and a bag lunch and water are also needed.  There are no stores or vending machines on the island.  The entire tour is outdoors, please dress appropriate.

WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE? 

Sit back and enjoy the 20 minute ferry ride to Dewees Island.  Along the way you may be rewarded with sightings of dolphin, bald eagle or white-tailed deer.  Once on Dewees, we will begin our discovery of the saltIMG_1357 marsh, maritime forests, and beach habitats, as well as many of the organisms found within.  Emphasis and discussion will be placed on human and animal habitat and how DeweesIsland is building and living in harmony with nature.  Time will also be spent in the Nature Center to experience our special exhibits including an alligator skeleton, a pygmy sperm whale skeleton, and live animals.

HOW DO I GET THERE?  

Dewees Island is just north of the Isle of Palms and is accessible only by boat.  The Dewees Island marina is on the Isle of Palms.  From there, we will take a beautiful twenty-minute ferry ride along the Intracoastal Waterway.

HOW MUCH WILL THE FIELD TRIP COST?

There is a ferry fee of $7.00/person.  The property owners of Dewees Island have elected to incur the cost of educator’s time so that the experience can remain affordable for most schools.  The check for the ferry fee may be made out to “Dewees Island POA” and brought with you on the day of the field trip.

ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL CONCERNS?

Yes!  Please remind your group that Dewees Island is a private residential community, not a park or DSC_0048playground.  The community believes that the happenings on Dewees are so special that they should be shared with others.  However, Dewees Island is a sanctuary for its residents and the sense of peace which they enjoy must be respected.

For further information, contact the Environmental Program Director at 843.568.3994; email: lori@deweesislandpoa.org