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From Seeds to Shoreline
Teacher Professional Development Opportunities
2014 From Seeds to Shoreline Teacher Workshops
Engaging Students in Shoreline Restoration

June 25, 2014 – James Island, SC
June 26, 2014 – Bluffton, SC

June 27, 2014 – Murrells Inlet, SC
"The SC Sea Grant Consortium, in partnership with the SC Department of Natural Resources and Clemson Extension, will be hosting FREE teacher professional development workshops designed to educate about the salt marsh ecosystem and how they can incorporate the From Seeds to Shoreline project into their classrooms. To learn more about the workshops, please access the informational flyer "here" and register for the workshop "here."
What is "From Seeds to Shoreline"?
Some of South Carolina’s coastline has lost important natural buffers and critical habitat – including the salt marsh ecosystem.
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“From Seeds to Shoreline” is a school program that  engages students in restoring Spartina alterniflora, the dominant plant in the salt marsh. Students will participate in hands-on science that addresses SC State Science Standards, serves our coastal community and emphasizes environmental stewardship.  

Students will learn about the importance of salt marsh ecosystems and actively contribute to all steps in the restoration process: seed collection, germination, cultivation and planting Spartina on the shoreline. Students will learn science, be exposed to careers and help their community!

Who Can Participate?
Any K-12 South Carolina school.  

What is the Cost?

Deadline to Apply:  May 5, 2014

To Get More Information Contact:
Elizabeth Vernon (E.V.) Bell
Marine Education Specialist
South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium

The Four Seasons Timeline:
This is the basic maintenance schedule for the growing and planting of Spartina alterniflora


Collect and store Spartina seeds

Plant Spartina seeds at school

Maintenance of young seedlings

Monitor Restoration site's progress


Transport seeds to greenhouses*

Identify restoration site



Restoration Day!


*Some funding is available for greenhouses to be built on school grounds.
Otherwise, seedlings will be placed in the Clemson Research Station greenhouse.

Seeds to Shoreline Google Map coming soon! Check back for this cool feature.

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Please join us for our Charleston County Clean Marine Events!
Clean Marine Event: April 24th-26th, 2015
The Charleston County Clean Marine Event will provide an opportunity for the public to dispose of unwanted fishing gear, small boats, and other large marine debris items in order to reduce marine debris.

Project Overview
Large marine debris objects, such as abandoned vessels and fishing and boating gear, can have adverse impacts on coastal habitats, wildlife, water quality, and navigational safety. With funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program we seek to accomplish the following:

1) Removal of derelict vessels in Charleston Harbor
2) Coordination of Clean Marine disposal events throughout Charleston County.

This project is being coordinated by the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium and SC Department of Health and Environmental Control - Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (SCDHEC-OCRM), with additional assistance from numerous community partners.

What is the Clean Marine Disposal Event?
Clean Marine Disposal Event Dates and Times:
Friday, April 24, 2015 from 12 PM – 6 PM
Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 8 AM – 6 PM
Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 8 AM – 6 PM

Bring your personal unwanted fishing and boating gear to us! During the Clean Marine Event April 24-26th, trash and recycling receptacles will be located at 9 Charleston area marinas and boat landings. Check our locations near you and find out what items will be accepted. The Clean Marine Disposal Event provides an opportunity for the public to dispose of their personal, unwanted boating and fishing gear. During the event, receptacles will be located at 9 marinas and boat landings throughout Charleston County and each will be staffed by volunteers who will assist you with any items that you bring to our locations. We will be recycling as many items as possible, including monofilament and crab traps, and the total amount of collected debris will be measured and weighed. In addition, Bees Ferry Landfill will waive the tipping fee for any personal boats and trailers brought directly to their location on Friday, April 24 (8 AM – 4 PM) and Saturday, April 25 (8 AM – 3 PM) only. So, clean out your garage and boat and let’s do our part in reducing the amount of marine debris that winds up in our coastal waterways!

What Items Can I Bring To A Disposal Site?
The following items can be brought to any of the 9 participating boat and marina locations*.

  • Fishing gear: crab traps, nets, fishing line, tackle boxes, fishing rods and reels, etc.
  • Boating gear: dock lines, life jackets, coolers, fenders, buoys, etc.
  • Boat motors (must be drained of oil and gas)
  • Boat batteries
  • Hazardous household waste (HHW)**: paints, oils, thinners, solvents (must be in a sealed container)
  • Trailer tires

    *In addition, small boats and trailers should be taken directly to Bees Ferry Landfill (Friday, April 24 from 8AM – 4 PM and on Saturday, April 25 8 AM – 3 PM) for free disposal.

What is NOT Accepted:

  • Gasoline
  • Flares or any explosives
  • Firearms
  • Commercial grade hazardous household waste (HHW)**
Not sure if your item is accepted or not? Give us a call (843) 953-2085 or email us at

Find a Clean Marine Disposal Site Near You!

Marine Debris Site Map

ID #
Dawhoo Landing
Edisto Island
Cherry Point Landing
Wadmalaw Island
John P. Limehouse Landing
Johns Island
Folly River Landing
Folly Island
Wappoo Cut
James Island
Charleston City Marina
Downtown Charleston
Cooper River Marina
North Charleston
Remley's Point
Mount Pleasant
Robert L. Ashley Boat Landing

How can I get involved?
Learn more about what you will be doing as a volunteer by downloading our information flyer!

Volunteer! We need YOU to help us during the Clean Marine Event on April 24-26th, 2015! As a volunteer, you can select from one of the 9 sites listed above and help the public with the items they bring to your location. To learn more about your role as a volunteer by downloading our informational flyer!

We will provide you with all the supplies and information you need: gloves, first aid kit, hand-sanitizer, clip boards, and information. You will also get a free t-shirt! To volunteer, please contact any of the site captains listed to learn more and to schedule a shift. We appreciate your help in making this Clean Marine Event a success!


To volunteer, please contact the site captain listed next to a location

Folly River Boat Landing
   Friday: Magan Gren
   Saturday: Kim Counts or Marty Morganello
   Sunday: Michael Ezelle

Wappoo Cut Boat Landing
   Friday: Amber Von Harten
   Saturday: EV Bell at
   Sunday: Kristi Kerrigan

City Marina
   Friday: Cheryl Carmack
   Saturday: David Isom
   Sunday: David Isom

Remley’s Point Boat Landing
   Friday: Sterling McMillan
   Saturday: Nancy Platt
   Sunday: Sylricka Foster

Robert L. Ashley Boat Landing
   Friday: Nature Adventure Outfitters
   Saturday: Nature Adventure Outfitters
   Sunday: Nature Adventure Outfitters

Dawhoo Boat Landing
   Friday: Andrea Sassard
   Saturday: Andrea Sassard
   Sunday: EV Bell

Cherry Point Boat Landing
   Friday: EV Bell
   Saturday: EV Bell
   Sunday: EV Bell

Cooper River Marina
   Friday: Liz Hartje
   Saturday: EV Bell
   Sunday: EV Bell

John P. Limehouse Boat Landing
   Friday: Sarah Latshaw or Guinn Wallover
   Saturday: Sylricka Foster at
   Sunday: Sylricka Foster at

How do I report an abandoned vessel?

You can report an abandoned vessel by filling out the online reporting form found on the SCDHEC-OCRM website.

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Last updated: 8/10/2015 1:38:34 PM
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