Scientists and students from USC and other institutions of higher education
A visit to the coastal facility begins with a reservation, even for a day trip.
Reservations should be made well in advance of your preferred visitation date(s) to ensure that the laboratory space, lodging and/or meeting facilities, equipment, boats and vehicles, and/or staff assistance are available. See the Reservations & Rates tab for necessary information and forms.
Resources and expertise. On-site training with equipment and assistance with program design and development (including expertise learning the local habitats) can be arranged. Site-specific resources to facilitate your field studies include reference materials, archived collections, and publications. Ongoing studies and comprehensive, long-term, computerized databases provide a baseline and context for new studies. Regular communication (including video teleconferencing) and travel between the field laboratory and the Columbia campus make it possible for scientists visiting the field laboratory to interact with other researchers and to access additional research resources.
Fees are charged for lodging and conference facilities, and also for laboratory space, equipment, boats and vehicles, and some services. Basic laboratory equipment and non-expendable supplies are included with laboratory space rental. There is no charge for orientation to the site and programs. See the Reservations & Rates tab.
Housing, laboratory space, and conference facilites are described under Facilities. A site description is also found there.
Collecting permits. Collecting and/or activities that the public normally would not be allowed to do require a permit from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR, Charleston, 803-795-6350). Contact SCDNR well in advance of your trip to secure any needed permits.