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Tutorials and Practicums 2018
The purpose of IBC is to expand your beachcomber knowledge base and extend your comber networks. IBC offers a multitude of opportunities to learn more about the beachcomb experience including tips, techniques, origins of treasures, and the critical importance of context. Tutors and field trip leaders are recognized specialists in their fields, award-winning coastal authors, and/or long-time beachcombers. As invaluable resource people, they happily share their knowledge and expertise with all IBC'ers (and have fun, too!).
Field Trips are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Some activities are limited to a specific number of participants, so to avoid disappointment, register early. If an activity does not receive its minimum numbers, it might be cancelled.
Saturday field trips are longer because they will be the main activity that day. Museum and ferry fees are pre-paid by IBC. Transportation to field trips is usually car-pooled, with riders chipping in for gas. The exception is on Saturday. If numbers are high, and we need to hire a bus to transport everyone, there will be a $20 transport fee.
Because some Field Trips involve marsh tromping, long treks in the sand, or places with no facilities, we rank them as EASY, MODERATE and CHALLENGING. If you are not in shape and/or have problems walking (bad knees or hips) or with balance (neuropathy), please select EASY. We don’t want anyone getting hurt or jeopardizing the beachcomb expedition for others. Please don’t leave it up to us to determine if you are physically capable of certain hikes.
We purposefully disguise the places where we will be taking you. If you would prefer more information on each of them before making a decision, review the Crystal Coast History Section or email us.
Note: There is No Guarantee you will find treasures during your IBC beach forays, which is why we provide participants with Goody Bags and have the Beach Treasure Swap Table. These ensure that no one goes home empty-handed.
Shells of the Mid-Atlantic
Regional Overview of the Crystal Coast
Blackbeard, the Pirate, and his Flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge
Beachcomb Biology: Sex on the Beach (& Other Oddities!)
The Definitive Sea Glass Guide: Sources, Types and Contexts
Workshops offer participants a fun way to learn new skills that can enhance their beachcomb experience, either by learning fun ways to use beach treasures or learning strategies to I.D. productive beaches.
Workshops cost $75 each. You can select up to 2 Workshops. (Each needs a minimum of 3 participants, maximum of 20.)
A. MOSIAC MIRRORS
Using various beach finds, transform a plain framed mirror into a treasured wall hanging. A 2-day workshop by artist, Donna Starr
B. SEA GLASS JEWELRY
Learn the basic skills to making your own sea glass pendants or earrings. Use IBC supplies or bring your own favorite beach treasure to incorporate into the piece. A 1-day workshop by Gail Benjamin.
C. BEACH TREASURE BOX & FRAMES
Decorate keepsake wooden frames and boxes for gifts, jewelry or to hold beach memories using sea glass, shells, beach pottery, etc.
D. GEO-BEACH TRACKING using GOOGLE EARTH
Learn techniques to I.D. potentially good beachcombing sites. Must have a computer or IPad.