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Explore Wassaw Island

  • 18 Sep 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • 30 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA 31411
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Study of a Barrier Island (Wassaw)

Explore one of the most pristine barrier islands along the eastern seaboard. Seven miles of unspoiled beach with rolling dunes, live oaks, slash pine woodlands, and vast salt marshes make this national wildlife refuge a haven for a variety of animals. This trip will focus on barrier island ecology as we hike through the maritime forest and walk the beaches learning about the flora and fauna of the island. 

Hiking: Prepare to hike through Wassaw’s maritime forest and along the sea shore.  You may even get to wade through fresh water swamps, depending on recent rainfall.  Make sure to wear shoes that can get wet as you’ll be disembarking the vessel directly into the water onto the beach.

What to Bring: Water bottle, sun protection (broad brimmed hat recommended), insect repellent, long sleeves and pants that you can layer and remove if necessary, sturdy walking shoes (that can get wet), lunch and snacks, backpack, camera, rain gear (just in case), binoculars. Expect your clothing and shoes to get wet and/or muddy so consider bringing an extra pair of shoes in your car.  NO FLOP FLOPS. 

Special Instructions: The boat launch site for this trip is the UGA Marine Education Center & Aquarium (MECA) dock on Skidaway Island in Savannah, GA behind the Aquarium building but check in will happen in the front lobby of the aquarium. Arrive 15 minutes early for check in.

September 18 9:00 AM to 4:00PM    $40/person with 20 people max   

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