Educational Exhibits & Activities

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SC Youth Sailing Program, Georgetown, SC

Come by the SC Youth Sailing Program booth at the Wooden Boat Show to learn more about the South Carolina Maritime Museum’s sailing camp.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary – Flotilla 12-10

Public boating safety information. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will present boat and water related safety information and literature.The Coast Guard will introduce it’s newest member, Coastie the Safety Boat. Shaped like a real Coast Guard Cutter, Coastie is just the right size for teaching children. He has navigation and searchlights, a rotating beacon, a siren, an air horn, and eyes and eyelids that move meaningfully. He talks, plays music, and interacts with the instructor and the children during the presentation. He even has a bilge pump that pumps water like a real boat; that always brings smiles and laughter to all when used. Coastie teaches rules about what to do and not do in a water emergency situation. For instance, Coastie teaches children how to throw or reach something to a person who is in trouble in the water rather than going in to try to save him. He also teaches slogans that kids remember like “Don’t Just Pack It! Wear Your Life Jacket!” and “Always Swim With A Buddy In A Supervised Area.”

The Nature Conservancy, Mt. Pleasasnt, SC

The Nature Conservancy is sponsoring an educational exhibit on the future Boyd Living Shoreline. Living shorelines are made up of oyster reefs, marsh grasses and other natural elements that reduce shoreline erosion and provide stability without putting a barrier between the land and water like seawalls and bulkheads do. When the Boyd Living Shoreline finishes construction in 2023, it will enhance Morgan Park in Georgetown, S.C., by helping to control erosion and by providing habitat for crab, shrimp, oysters, and fish. Find out more by visiting our exhibit or going online at

Winyah Rivers Alliance, Conway, SC

Winyah Bay receives water from both North and South Carolina through our seven rivers! Learn about our rivers, how we protect the rivers, and how you can help. Visit with your Waccamaw Riverkeeper and get involved.

Pee Dee Land Trust

Pee Dee Land Trust works in nine counties of the Pee Dee region in South Carolina: Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Marlboro, and Williamsburg. Its mission is to protect, and to promote an appreciation of, the significant natural, agricultural, and historical resources of the Pee Dee Region through voluntary land conservation and educational programs. Pee Dee Land Trust has now protected nearly 28,000 acres in the Pee Dee Region; Georgetown County has six conservation easements including over 1,966 acres under protection with PDLT. While remaining in private ownership, the lands protected through conservation easements held by PDLT ensure that special places will be available for farming, forestry, and recreation for future generations.

Lowcountry Maritime School

The mission of Lowcountry Maritime School (LMS) is to inspire Lowcountry youth to reach their full potential through boatbuilding and exploring maritime culture. Student-built boats and an 18′ wooden rowboat recently restored by LMS volunteers will be displayed.

Dan the Knot Man & The Spirit Knot Tyers

The Spirit Knot Tyers was formed from volunteers with the tallship Spirit of South Carolina. Most members are also members of the International Guild of Knot Tyers, based out of England and in 37 Countries World Wide.

The Horry County Museum

The Horry County Museum’s exhibit will tell attendees about how naval stores and other natural resources from the Pee Dee region were historically vital for the local economy and shipbuilding in early America.

The Maritime Association of South Carolina

The Maritime Association of South Carolina (MASC) is a member-based trade association that connects the Maritime Association industry and entities who support maritime commerce. MASC serves as a platform for information dissemination, collaboration, and partnership within its membership. MASC advocates for issues impacting the industry and serves to advance, promote, and protect the interests of the maritime community across South Carolina.

Charleston Community Sailing

For almost 25 years, Charleston Community Sailing has provided public access to the waterways for all via sailing. Founded in 1999 to promote youth sailing, our organization has since expanded it’s offerings to include adult sailing and partnerships with a wide variety of organizations. Our mission is to provide waterfront access, facilities and sailing instruction to all, regardless of socioeconomic background, skill level or physical ability. Our programs engage the lives of children and adults in unique learning experiences to build character and promote a healthy spirit, mind and body. 

#903 – Cape Fear Community College Wooden Boat Building Program

Wooden Boat Building Program 
(12′ Abaco Sailing Dinghy)

The CFCC Boat Building program prepares inpiduals for employment in the boat manufacturing and repair industry. Today’s boat builders are skilled craftspeople who can create complex shapes out of a wide variety of materials. Graduates may find employment with yacht manufacturers or with other companies needing wood furniture or moldings fabricated and installed. Other employment opportunities can be found in the fiberglass industry and in boat maintenance and repair yards. CFCC will display a recently completed Christmas Wherry (see photo at right) at this year’s boat show.

Contact: Mark Bayne 910-362-7151
Website: CFCC Boat Building School

#906 – North Inlet – Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR)

The North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, located on Hobcaw Barony in Georgetown, is one of 29 reserves around the US that form the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). Established through the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, the NERRS represent a partnership program between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the coastal states. The North Inlet-Winyah Bay (NI-WB) NERR was designated in 1992 and is administered through the University of South Carolina’s Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences. Through research, education, stewardship and training, the NI-WB NERR works to promote healthy estuaries and sustainable coastal communities.

Maps and pictures will describe the NERR and its research and education mission and there will be a be a ‘touch-table’ of child-oriented educational items and marine natural history artifacts/objects. 

#912 – Hampton Plantation State Historic Site

Hampton Plantation State Historic Site is home to the remote, final remnants of a colonial-era rice plantation. The plantation’s Georgian-style mansion and well-kept grounds serve as an interpretive site for the Santee Delta region’s history of rice production over the centuries.

Stephen Vadakin, Charleston, SC

Master woodcarver Stephen Vadakin, creator and donor of the 1200lb humpback whale in the SC Maritime Museum, will be on hand showcasing his woodworking skills

The New Charleston Mosquito Fleet, Charleston, SC

Try your hand at the oars with the New Charleston Mosquito Fleet. The New Charleston Mosquito Fleet was founded in 1995 in Charleston SC to get inner city middle school children involved in boatbuilding and boating. The mentors built two Joe Dobler designed pilot gigs with the kids, and they row early mornings three days a week. The original Mosquito Fleet were the mid 19th century Gullah fishermen of the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry, who rowed out upwind in the morning in small wooden boats and sailed back downwind in the evening; they arrived home at twilight along with swarms of Lowcountry mosquitoes and sold their catch in local markets.