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Welcome to Inlet and Bay Stewards

A Special Event for IBIS Members and Friends

SCDNR, in partnership with North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR, is offering a free opportunity for IBIS members. The Educational Vessel (E/V) Discovery is a 45-foot catamaran outfitted as an outdoor classroom used to educate guests about our marine resources, and it will be docked at NI-WB NERR (Hobcaw Barony).

The boat can hold 35 passengers and will be in Georgetown for a few days in late October. We have arranged to conduct an exclusive tour for IBIS members and NERR staff on Wednesday, October 25th, from 1:00-3:30PM. Crew members will be conducting a trawl in Winyah Bay and identify and educate about marine life.

To register for this opportunity, please send an email to the NERR Education Coordinator, Beth Thomas, at This will be a first come, first served event. .


Volunteer Opportunities

September 8, 2023—11am-2pm--Winyah Watershed Meeting.  Need a secretary to take notes. 


September 15, 2023 – Marsh Clean-up – 3pm-5pm.  Open to IBIS Members Only... Will plan on having a “Cook Out” afterward. 


September 16, 2023; 10am-12pm—Fishprint at Discovery Center:  Need Assistance:  Liz Lewis to volunteer and help.


September 29,2023—Harvest Moon Walk; 6:30pm-8:00pm:  Open to IBIS Members only.  Evening walk on Clambank Road to watch the Moon rise.  Refreshments will be served. 


October 4, 2023-Hobcaw Barony Research Tour (Belle’s Legacy)-2:00-4:30pm:  Public Tour through Hobcaw Barony.  Cost $30.00.  Need assistance from Master Naturalist’s to assist Research Teams from USC, FMU, Clemson on the property as well as help with whole tour.  


October 23, 2023—Wooden Boat Show—Georgetown—Front Street: Annual event held both weekend days.  Need Volunteers to help at the NERR Tent both days. 


Supporting the North Inlet - Winyah Bay Reserve

Inlet & Bay Stewards (IBIS) is a volunteer organization that supports South Carolina's North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.  Located at historic Hobcaw Barony, our Reserve is a vital local resource for environmental education, science, and data that promotes community resilience to storm surge and flooding


   If you are interested in joining IBIS as a member, 



IBIS is also on Facebook (@NIWBIBIS), Twitter (@bay_inlet) and Instagram (NIWBIBIS). 



What we do

We are your ambassadors to the North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve!  The only thing we love more than learning about our estuary is sharing what we learn in one of the most beautiful settings in South Carolina.

We play an active role in Reserve school programs, helping children discover the wonder of fiddler crabs and snails, while enhancing their science education.

We also educate and energize our fellow citizens through events like the Carolina Beach and River Clean Up and workshops on topics including how to build your own rain barrel.

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