Groups – Island Ecology Experience Programs

We offer an authentic hands-on learning experience for church, family, civic, Elderhostel, and workplace groups.

Programs are offered year-round, rain or shine, and must be scheduled in advance.

To help you plan your program, we’ve included all our program information on this page.
Call us at 912-786-5917, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., We’ll help you put a program together.

1. First, choose a 60-minute program:

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Beach Walk

Join an educator on a guided walk on Tybee’s beach to learn about coastal Georgia’s tides, dunes, and the wildlife that live in and around the ocean.

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Jelly Jive

jellies are fascinating creatures. Learn about life-cycle, anatomy, adaptations, and economical roles-then observe moon jelly behavior and feeding.

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Marsh Talk

Guided exploration of the jewels in Georgia’s salt marshes. Explore marsh mud for fiddler crabs. Learn why the estuary is called the ocean’s nursery.

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Shark Jaw

Dive into the mysterious lives of sharks. Understand the adaptations that allow them to thrive. Innovative shark research and conservation is highlighted.

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Turtle Talk

First, a primer on the sea turtle, then we’ll stroll on the beach to review nesting habitat, excavate a mock nest, and discuss our conservation efforts.

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Whale Tale

Georgia’s coast is the calving grounds for the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Learn about the right whale and related threats/conservation efforts.

2. Next, choose a 30-minute beach activity:

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Seining

Examine marine life of the intertidal zone by pulling a ten-foot seine net through waist-deep water to catch and discuss fish, crabs, and sea jellies.

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Sand Sifting

We’ll identify and magnify marine invertebrates-such as mole crabs, coquina clams, amphipods, and isopods, that we sift from the wet sand on the beach.

3. Lastly, tour the Coastal Gallery:

Coastal-Georgia-GalleryCreatures featured are (mostly) native to Georgia’s coast. Meet Ike, our sea turtle. Stick your fingers in our Touch Tank and get a feel for live invertebrates.

 

Or if you’d rather get out on the water, choose one of our Floating Classrooms.

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EcoAdventure

We’ll travel by boat through the salt marsh’s tidal creeks and rivers and; become immersed in the marsh to learn about it’s inhabitants and tidal river ecology.

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Dolphin Discovery

Learn about the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin while pulling a trawl net. We’ll bring our catch aboard to examine fist, shrimp, squid, jellies, puffers and crabs.

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Savannah River Expedition

Learn about the river’s environmental, historical, and economic aspects as well as the connection of the Savannah River and it’s associated marshlands.