Educating citizens across Georgia’s coast

Naturalist 101:

Master your coastal Georgia knowledge 

Our education programs are designed to help coastal residents and enthusiasts build an encyclopedia of knowledge about Georgia’s coastal habitats and wildlife. Through our hands-on Naturalist 101 series, participants will increase their understanding of local conservation issues and find opportunities to take action to protect our 100-mile coast. Browse our programs and explore the coast with us!

2018 Schedule:

March – Marsh Madness: Life in the Salt Marsh • April – Birds of a Feather  • May – Understanding Sea Level Rise and What it Means for Georgia’s Coast • June -Logger-Headlines: Conserving Georgia’s Sea Turtles • July – Going Native: Backyard Habitats & Native Plants • August – Our Underwater World: Gray’s Reef • September – The Tiny World of Dragonflies and Damselflies  October – Batty for Bats  November – Hooray for Herps!  December – The Right Whale to Save

October – Batty for Bats!

Batty for Bats Lecture w/ Trina Morris
Wednesday, October 10 • 7 pm
OHM Brunswick Office
1312 Newcastle Street, Brunswick, GA 31520
FREE and open to the public, but reservations required!

Join us for a bat-tastic lecture with Trina Morris, biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division. Trina will help you fall in love with the coastal Georgia’s bats – commonly misunderstood as creepy crawly pests – that deserve our attention and protection. You’ll learn about their essential role in our coastal ecosystem, current threats to their survival, and what we can do to help. A live coastal Georgia bat species will be available for hand-on learning!

The Secret Life of Bats Field Trip w/ Trina Morris
Thursday, October 11 • 6 pm
East Beach Causeway, SSI, GA 31522 (Exact Meeting Spot TBD)
$20 members | $30 non-members | $10 Kids 12 and under

Join bat expert Trina Morris for a walking bat field trip as the sun sets below the horizon. We’ll learn more details of bat biology, behavior, and local conservation efforts, while searching for wild bats feeding on dusk’s flying insects. If we’re lucky, we might catch a wild bat or two to observe up close! Once darkness hits, there is still so much to see—join us to uncover the secret life of bats through Trina’s ThermalTracker device, which provides 2-D video tracking of bat flying motions. Don’t miss this pre-Halloween adventure for the whole family!

November – Hooray for Herps!

Hooray for Herps Lecture w/ Chris Jenkins
Thursday, November 8 • 7 pm
OHM Brunswick Office
1312 Newcastle Street, Brunswick, GA 31520
FREE and open to the public, but reservations required!

Chris Jenkins, CEO of the Orianne Society, will help us go wild for snakes, turtles, frogs, and other native reptiles and amphibians. Together, we’ll uncover the scaly and slimy world of herps and discover why they’re so important to our coastal ecosystem. Plus, you’ll get to see and touch these amazing animals up close!

Okefenokee Field Trip w/ Okefenokee Adventures
Saturday, November 10 • 9:30 am-1 pm
4159 Suwannee Canal Road, Folkston, GA 31537
$35 members | $45 non-members | $25 Kids 12 and under

Tour the Okefenokee, North America’s largest blackwater swamp, by boat! We’ll mosey along the historic Suwannee Canal through a tangled forest of bay, cypress, pine and shrubs, then out into the open expanse of Chesser Prairie. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Rangers will share their knowledge of the swamp’s cultural and natural history, tell interesting swamp stories and identify plants and wildlife along the way. Apply your new knowledge of reptiles and amphibians as we keep our eyes peeled for snakes and American alligators with naturalists and biologist from the Orianne Society. We’ll also check out native wildlife such as egrets, herons, ibis, sandhill cranes, red-shouldered hawks, and much more! Light snacks provided, but please bring your own lunch, bug spray and sunscreen.

December – The Right Whale to Save

Marine Mammals Lecture w/ Clay George
Thursday, December 13 • 7 pm
OHM Brunswick Office
1312 Newcastle Street, Brunswick, GA 31520
FREE and open to the public, but reservations required!

Clay George, wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Wildlife Division, will give a fascinating talk on all things marine mammals. Georgia is home to many native species including bottlenose dolphin, the endangered manatee, and the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. As we enter right whale calving season, we’ll focus on the plight of our state marine mammal, how human activities puts their future at risk, and current research and monitoring projects. Learn about Clay’s conservation efforts to protect some of these more vulnerable species and the ways we can protect them with simple everyday choices.

Dolphin Boat Tour Field Trip
Date and Time TBD