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Baruch Institute


Kimbel Living & Learning Center

The Kimbel Living and Learning Center is the lodging and conference facility supporting our field facility.   Located near the entrance to Hobcaw, the Kimbel Center is approximately 2.5 miles from the field laboratory. 

Lodging is available in six air-conditioned units with full kitchens and baths. Three identical cottages each have two bedrooms which can house up to 7 people. One dorm has ten two-person bedrooms. Two other dorms have four four-person bedrooms. Availability is limited to students, researchers, and educators while conducting activities. USC affiliated individuals working on site have top priority for reservations. Each dorm and cottage has a coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, oven/stove, cookware, dinnerware, flatware and cleaning supplies.  Pillows and blankets are provided. Guests should bring their own linens and towels.

The conference center consists of a large main room with a podium with a sound and projection controls and lecture style seating for about 60 persons, two break-out meeting rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, movable chairs and tables, a large fireplace, and a spacious outdoor deck with benches.  An elevated walkway connects the lodge with a large screened building (can seat at least 50 persons) and a pier on Kimbel Pond. When not being used for internal programs and activities, the Kimbel Lodge and Pond Shelter can be rented by public and private (not for profit) groups for educational meetings and events. The facilities and setting are excellent for academic retreats, workshops, and small conferences.  Please contact the BMFL office (843-904-9024) to discuss compatibility with our mission and availability.

All housing units and the conference center have internet access through a local wireless network.

Please see the rate sheet for information about fees.

All non-USC guests should call 843-904-9024 for reservations.

All USC faculty, staff and students should submit a trip request form for reservations and for every trip to the field lab, even if dorm space is not needed. Trip request forms may be submitted in person to Teresa Donelan in room 607 of the Earth & Water Sciences building on the Columbia campus, by campus mail (Baruch Institute, Room 607 EWS) or by email.