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Join Dr. Beachcomb for another amazing beachcomb experience at the 9th annual International Beachcombing Conference, 2018. (IBC ’18)

IBC is a collegial, educationally focused gathering, offering consummate and beginning beachcombers alike with opportunities to learn more about the beachcomb experience, beach treasures, coastal conservation issues, and the region in which the conference takes place. In this case, North Carolina’s beautiful Crystal Coast.

Learning opportunities include field trips to different beaches, museums and aquariums; tutorials led by anthropologists, marine scientists, historians and experienced beachcombers; films; and smaller one-on-one discussion groups. Participants will have ample opportunity to expand their combing know-how as all activities are designed to provide a broader view of specific factors affecting where and how to beachcomb, why certain things appear on certain shorelines, and what tricks to employ to determine the age and/or origin of beach finds.

Beach arts and skills building workshops are also offered, along with beach treasure I.D sessions; ‘goody’ bags filled with an array of treasures; and a swap table teeming with donated sea glass, shells, pottery shards and much more, which is yours to comb through and pocket as much as you desire.

Most participants develop lifelong friendships and expand their beachcomb networks across the globe. Above all, you will have a BALL! It is like a summer camp for adults but comes without the naps, lousy food and spiders.

So treat yourself to an unforgettable experience at IBC ’18! North Carolina’s Crystal Coast is one of the few remaining undeveloped coastal barrier island systems in the world. It offers beachcombers a land of islands, dune grass, shoals, wild ponies, sea turtles, pirate history, shipwrecks and unparalleled shelling. For beachcombers and nature lovers alike, it doesn’t get much better than this.  

Affordable lodging is located both on-site (limited) and at nearby hotels. The Conference fee includes a Wine and Cheese Reception; all family-style meals and box lunches; all tutorials, mini-tutorials and films; three beachcombing expeditions; and unencumbered access to the beach treasure swap table. (Arts workshops are extra).

So what are you waiting for? Let’s go Beachcombing together! Space is limited, so book early

Deacon Ritterbush, Ph.D. (aka Dr. Beachcomb)

Founder and Coordinator 
International Beachcombing Conference (IBC)

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