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The National Estuarine Research Reserve System's (NERRS) mission includes an emphasis on education, interpretation, and outreach, and one of the primary goals of the North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve is “to enhance public awareness and understanding of estuarine areas and to provide suitable opportunities for public education and interpretation”.

The North Inlet-Winyah Bay site provides a variety of educational programs for all ages which focus on the estuarine environment and the research conducted by Baruch Institute and Reserve staff. Programs and activities open to the public, as well as K-12 classroom activities, are scheduled on site, and Reserve staff also travel to local classrooms and public events to bring the wonders of the Reserve into the community.

With 28 NERR sites across the country, there are many educational opportunities for all ages at a location near you.  To learn more about estuaries and the amazing activities and programs that are offered, visit to view a full list of NERR sites and their education programs.

NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System University of South Carolina Baruch Institute-USC Belle W. Baruch Foundation