The science center is housed in Tybee Island’s old police station, courtesy of the City of Tybee Island. With a materials grant from Home Depot, the staff demo’d, designed, and built the Coastal Georgia Gallery. Many of our exhibits were funded by grants from Georgia Department of Natural Resources and NOAA. The gallery is compact, but overflowing with information on the flora, fauna, and habitats indigenous to the Georgia coast. We house 2,500 gallons of water and from 250 to 300 creatures.
Since we catch-exhibit-release the gallery animals, you’ll see a good variety over your visits. Live creatures include; baby alligators, polkadot batfish, spider crabs, puffers, flounders, clown fish, diamondback terrapins, corn snake, horseshoe crabs, sea jellies, and lots of invertebrates–the backbone of our collection.
You’ll meet Ike, our loggerhead sea turtle hatchling and, if you’re brave, stick your fingers in our Touch Tank of live marine invertebrates.
The gallery is interpreted by marine science educators who also deliver mini-programs throughout the day.
All proceeds from our programs, the Coastal Gallery and the Discovery Shop support the center’s education and conservation work.
We hope you enjoy visiting the gallery as much as we enjoyed creating it for you.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is $5. Kids four and under-free. Coastal Gallery Programs are included in the admission fee.
Coastal Gallery Programs
We offer a variety of programs in the Gallery throughout the day. Stop by the Discovery Shop and checkout the schedule.
Husbandry: Behind-The-Scenes Tours – a glimpse of the activities involved in caring for the gallery’s creatures and our rescue animals. See how we make 2,500 gallons of salt water. (15 minutes)
Sea Turtle Feedings – Watch Ike, a loggerhead sea turtle chow down on sea turtle Gello and invertebrates. (15 minutes)
Cart Explorations – are hands-on portable 30 minute programs presented by educators to enrich your gallery experience. Topics include:
DBT R&R Cart
Focus: Diamondback Terrapin Hatchlings – Feeding time also means a fresh water bath for our rescued hatchlings.
Focus: Bones – We are all connected and we’ll use bones to understand animal connections.
Focus: Right Whale – Georgia’s coast is the calving grounds for these mammoth mammals.
Keep Wildlife Wild
Focus: Bottlenose Dolphin – Understand and connect these animals, but do so from a from a distance.
Let Nature Nurture
Focus: Zelda the Box Turtle – Nature is the best caregiver, pet trade awareness and responsibility.
Marine Debris Ambassador
Focus: Sea Turtles – Plastic pollution impacts all ocean life, we’ll explore through the sea turtles’ lifecycle.
Focus: Sea Jellies – Every animal has a role in the ecosystem/food web, even these heartless creatures.
Focus: Creature Cam and Intertidal Creatures – The impact of acidic water on marine animals’ calcium carbonate shells.
Preservation is Conservation
Focus: Fossils – Coastal Georgia’s abundant fossil grounds illustrate Georgia’s history and changing coastline.
Replace Fear with Facts
Focus: Sharks – Introduction of humans as the apex predator in the ocean.
Space and Respect
Focus: Maize the Corn Snake – Snakes will not show aggression towards humans unless they feel threatened.