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!

2019 Schedule:

February – Our Coastal History • March – The World of the Salt Marsh • April – Coastal Georgia is for the Birds • May – Amazing Amphibians • June – Building a Sustainable Future for our Coast • July – Conserving Sea Turtles in Georgia • August – The Wonderful World of Water • September – Under the Sea (Fisheries and Aquaponics) • October – Pollinator Power • November – Alligator Adventures •
December – Microplastics: A Major Problem for our Coast


February – Our Coastal History

Fort King George Lecture with Historic Site Manager and Historian Valarie Ikhwan
BRUNSWICK Lecture (OHM Office, 1312 Newcastle St., 2nd Floor): Thursday, February 7th • 7pm
SAVANNAH Lecture
(OHM Office, 2424 Drayton St): Tuesday, February 12th • 7pm

The town of Darien, Georgia is now a quiet coastal community along Highway 17, but in the past, it was a shipping mecca of the British colonies with the help of Fort King George. Join us as we dive back in time and learn how the fascinating history of how this fort shaped the town of Darien and the rest of our coast with Historic Site Manager and historian Valarie Ikhwan.

Free and open to the public, but advance registrations required!

                         

Fort King George Behind-the-Scenes Field Trip
Saturday, February 23rd • 1pm-3p
Darien, Georgia
$20 OHM Members | $30 Non-members | $12 kids

In 1721, Fort King George was built as the southernmost outpost of the British colony in what is today Darien, Georgia. The Fort has been rebuilt according to the original British plans. Come join us as we get a personalized, behind-the-scenes tour of the fort and learn about its importance to Georgia as well as the town of Darien. Historical Site Manager Valarie Ikhwan will lead us this journey into the past. During this exclusive “behind-the-fort” tour, we will explore the 40-foot tall blockhouse, barracks, and learn how soldiers at the Fort spent their day.


March – The World of the Salt Marsh

“Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: 65 Years of Ecological Research on Sapelo Island” Lecture with Dr. Damon Gannon, Assistant Director of UGA Marine Institute
BRUNSWICK LECTURE: Thursday, March 21st • 7pm (OHM Office, 1312 Newcastle St., 2nd Floor)
SAVANNAH LECTURE: Thursday, March 7th • 7pm (OHM Office, 2424 Drayton St)

Sapelo Island is known as the birthplace of modern ecology—a hotbed of marine ecological research and where UGA’s Dr. Eugene Odum developed theories that shaped today’s knowledge of how different species interact with each other. Join us to hear how his lab has turned into world-renowned field destination that supports research and education in coastal ecosystems. Dr. Damon Gannon, Assistant Director of University of Georgia Marine Institute, will share the history of the Institute and the fascinating salt marsh research being conducted today. Dr. Gannon will talk about this fascinating research, including tales of farmer snails, seagoing alligators, and crooning fish. It’s a great way to learn about our coastal ecosystems and the vast history of research on our coast.

Free and open to the public, but advance registrations required!

                         

Sapelo Island and UGA Marine Institute Field Trip
Saturday, March 30th • 8:30am-1pm
Sapelo Island
$45 OHM Members | $55 Non-members | $40 Kids 12 and under

Explore scenic Sapelo Island, where salt marsh ecology research meets coastal Georgia history! On this half day trip, we will tour behind-the-scenes at the world-renowned University of Georgia Marine Institute, visit the historical lighthouse, and Nanny Goat beach. You’ll leave with a new appreciation for our coast and the dedicated researchers working to protect it. Space is limited so reserve your spot early!


April – Coastal Georgia is for the Birds!

Shorebirds of Coastal Georgia Lecture with Dr. Abby Sterling
BRUNSWICK Lecture (OHM Office, 1312 Newcastle St., 2nd Floor): Thursday, April 18th • 7pm
SAVANNAH Lecture
(OHM Office, 2424 Drayton St): Thursday, April 25th • 7pm

From March until August, Georgia’s beach nesting shorebirds like American Oystercatchers and Wilson’s Plovers are busy laying eggs and raising chicks. And as idyllic as it can be to pass your days on the beach, there are many challenges that make raising a family extremely challenging for Georgia’s shorebirds. However, researchers and managers are working diligently to help increase success, here in Georgia and across the hemisphere. During this presentation, shorebird biologist Dr. Abby Sterling will share some of their stories of struggles and triumphs. You’ll also learn the simple steps you can take to protect our feathered friends.

Free and open to the public, but advance registrations required!

   

Guided Shorebird Ecology Field Trip
Sunday, April 28th • 3pm-5pm
Jekyll Island
$20 OHM Members | $30 Non-members | $12 Kids 12 and under

Dr. Abby Sterling of Manomet will lead us on a birding adventure on Jekyll Islands beaches. Abby will share her in-depth knowledge and tips for identifying the many shorebirds that make their home along Georgia’s 100-mile coast, along with their fascinating natural history and conservation. During this two-hour bird walk, we will also see and learn about protected Wilson Plover nesting areas. You are encouraged to bring your own binoculars and cameras if you have them, but we’ll have a few extra pairs and scopes for you to check out the birds up close! Hands-on learning for experienced and novice birders alike.


 

May – December 2019 descriptions and registration coming soon!