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
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.
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.
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