Save the Date: Saturday, January 7, 2017!

Choosing to Lead:

Putting Advocacy into Action

choosing-to-lead-posterOur 1st Annual Coastal Conservation in Action: Choosing to Lead Conference will bring together activists, students, volunteers, thought leaders, and others in celebration of Georgia’s coastal resources. On Saturday, January 7, 2017, our day-long event will welcome advocates who are new to coastal conservation alongside those who have been part of the movement for years. And we are thrilled to welcome Chris Fischer, OCEARCH Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader, as our keynote speaker.

Immediately following the conference, join us for a reception (6-7:30 PM) honoring our inaugural One Hundred Miles 100 – a group of 100 individuals and businesses, past and present, who’ve made a lasting difference for the coast we love.

We’re thrilled that so many people love and want to give back to our coast – we’ve had an amazing response to this 1st annual event! Online registration is now closed, but you can still register in-person at the Jekyll Island Convention Center beginning at 9:30 am Saturday. We have a limited number of tickets left and may not be able to guarantee lunch for onsite registration once we reach that number- first come, first served! Please call (912) 264-4111 if you have questions or need additional information.

Check out the conference workshops and schedule or download the Choosing to Lead Conference Brochure here!

CHANGING THE CONVERSATION: Choosing to Lead will broaden the tent of what it means to be a conservationist by focusing on the power of those who choose to make a difference in their own time, in their own way, through actions both big and small.


  • Inspire attendees with case studies of advocates engaging in coastal decision-making and local actions that have made a positive impact on our communities
  • Inform attendees with presentations from thought-leaders engaged in regional and national initiatives that rely on the efforts of citizen activists
  • Connect citizens, business leaders, recreationalists, and local elected officials who are committed to improving Georgia’s natural world, one action at a time
  • Celebrate Georgia’s world-class landscapes, communities, and history, and highlight the coastal challenges being overcome by everyday actions
  • Educate attendees about opportunities to get involved at all levels, and provide practical tools for putting individual ideas into action

Anyone who works with coastal conservation issues in a personal, volunteer, or professional capacity or who has an interest in Georgia’s 100-mile coast is encouraged to attend. This broad tent includes wildlife volunteers, environmental educators, cleanup volunteers, coastal outreach staff, seasonal researchers, faith leaders, garden club members, elected officials, students, teachers, nonprofit leaders, journalists, neighborhood advocates, historic preservationists, artists, storytellers, and so on. In short: if you are inspired by our one-of-a-kind coast, this conference is for YOU!

CONFERENCE DETAILS: The conference will include breakout sessions, lunch, and a keynote address by Chris Fischer, OCEARCH Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader.

JEKYLL ISLAND, GEORGIA: One of Georgia’s four barrier islands accessible by car, Jekyll Island is the perfect backdrop for this exciting event. The LEED-certified oceanfront conference center will provide comfortable space for the day’s keynote reception, lunch, and breakout sessions.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Please visit our sponsorship page or email Catherine to discuss the ways your organization can make a difference for our coast at this exciting event!

We can’t wait to see you in January!

Thank you to our Choosing to Lead Planning Committee! We’re thrilled to be working with conservation professionals from UGA MAREX/Sea Grant, Coastal Wildscapes, the Savannah Presbytery, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Little St. Simons Island, and citizens from across our coast to develop this exciting event.