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Ossabaw Coastal Ecology and turtle walk weekend

September 3, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - September 5, 2021 @ 11:30 am

Weekend on Ossabaw Island! Spend two nights on Ossabaw Island!

Weekend on Ossabaw Island

Depart Friday, 4:00pm from Burnside Island, just outside of Savannah. After a 30-minute boat ride across Ossabaw Sound, arrive on Ossabaw Island in time for social hour, followed by supper and an evening program that includes an island overview. Saturday morning, enjoy an early breakfast, then travel by pick up truck to the beach to learn about coastal ecology on a barrier island and a walk with a sea turtle intern as they inventory sea turtle nests. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the pavillion at the south end bone yard beach. Return to the North End for an Ossabaw dinner. Sunday, sleep in or rise early for breakfast, followed by time to wander the North End on your own. First boat departs the island for the mainland at 11:00 am.

  • During your time on Ossabaw Island, you may have the opportunity to:
  • Experience a variety of sea turtle monitoring techniques;
  • Participate in a post-hatch nest excavation and data collection;
  • Learn about sea turtle nesting and conservation efforts to restore their populations in an evening presentation;
  • View sets of tiny turtle tracks from a nest to the beach;
  • See a hatchling making its way out of a nest and into the ocean.

What you should know: Wildlife-based events cannot be guaranteed, as they are dependent on location, weather and timing of the hatch.

Fees include round trip transportation from Burnside Island to Ossabaw Island’s North End; five farm-to-table catered meals; overnight on Ossabaw Island, plus the beach program.

Registrants will receive a detailed email outlining departure location and time, what to bring, and more.

This trip is designed for adults and for children age 12 and over. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or supervising adult.

Note: Social distancing and sanitization protocols have been incorporated into the programming, including reduction of the total number of participants. All Ossabaw Island trips require use of masks/protective face coverings during check in, on the boat to and from the island, in the trucks on the island, and when indoors in common spaces. Other social distancing and sanitization practices will apply. (These requirements reflect the CDC guidelines and Chatham County mask ordinance. If these requrements change, we will notify all who are registered.)

The Boarding House is located on Ossabaw Island’s north end and is a restored 1918 Craftsman bungalow. The Boarding House offers comfortable semi-private accommodations. Accommodations are in semi-private rooms with shared bathrooms. Single room (no roommate) available for additional fee.

Camp on Ossabaw in your own tent near the Boarding House & Club House, with full access to rest rooms/showers.

The shared accommodations and bathrooms in the dormitory-style Club House on Ossabaw Island. Pillow, sheets & towels, and blanket provided.


September 3, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
September 5, 2021 @ 11:30 am


Ossabaw Island, North End
Main rd
Ossabaw Island, GA 000000 United States