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The Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences was established in 1969 through the joint efforts of the Belle W. Baruch Foundation and the University of  South Carolina. A free-standing entity within the  College of Arts & Science, we have headquarters and laboratory facilities on the University’s main campus in Columbia and have the field laboratory, Baruch Marine Field Laboratory, located on Hobcaw Barony, near Georgetown, SC.    The Field Laboratory provides facilities for research  and education on estuarine, freshwater, and near  shore ocean systems.

We welcome the general public and have a variety of educational programs for all ages.  These include informal seminars presented by Baruch scientists where citizens learn about current research activities, and short courses for families and children.  These educational experiences are offered by the Institute’s Continuing Education Program and the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The National Estuarine Research Reserve System
is a network of protected areas established for long-term research, education and stewardship. This partnership program between NOAA and the coastal states protects more than one million acres of estuarine land and water, which provides essential habitat for wildlife; offers educational opportunities for students, teachers and the public; and serves as living laboratories for scientists.

Other education experiences for public audiences include seasonal explorations of the salt marsh, bird walks and open houses of the Baruch Marine Lab.  Schedules of education activities are produced three times a year and cover the periods: September-December, January-May and June-August.

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The mission of the Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences is to conduct research and support education that will improve the management of marine and coastal resources and advance basic science for the well-being of people and their environment.

Join the Friends of the Institute to support the Baruch Institute in its mission.  Learn more about the Baruch Institute by reading about Current Research Projects at the Field Lab, Baruch Briefs or Annual Reports on our Publications webpage.

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