Apply your new knowledge with hands-on field experiences!

Field Trips:

Experience and Give Back

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On Sunday, we’ll take the knowledge learned and motivation gained during Saturday’s workshops, and put them into action for our coast. Field trips will be held from 9:00-12:00 at nearby locations in Glynn and Camden County. (Participants will provide their own transportation to the destination; directions will be provided.) What better weekend to give back than Martin Luther King Jr. service weekend?

These behind-the-scenes, half-day field experiences will feature a unique “Choosing to Lead” twist: in addition to going behind the scenes and touring local conservation sites, participants in each trip will come together to discuss important community issues and plan service projects that address those needs. No prior experience or skills are necessary – just a willingness to brainstorm, network with fellow conservationists, and take part in these important community dialogues! Those interested in launching their own projects will work with peers and facilitators to map out next steps. (If you aren’t ready to commit to an action project just yet, never fear – you’ll still be able to enjoy the field trip and participate in the discussion with your fellow participants!)

We’ve paired each field trip with associated conservation issues, so sign up for the field trip and issues that best fit your interests.

Altama Plantation • Choose this field trip if you’re interested in projects related to Wildlife or Land Conservation CLOSED (FULL)

Gilliard Farms • Choose this field trip if you’re interested in projects related to Local Food/Fisheries CLOSED (FULL)

Harrington School • Choose this field trip if you’re interested in projects related to Community Leadership or Historic Preservation

Honey Creek Episcopal Retreat Center • Choose this field trip if you’re interested in projects related to Faith and Spirituality or Environmental Education

Tidelands Nature Center • Choose this field trip if you’re a student or young professional interested in launching a program with your peers.

South Dunes “Ocean Gratitude” Beach Clean up • Choose this option if you want to gain insight into the power of Blue Mind and lead by example.

Check out this year’s field trip options:

Altama Plantation, Brunswick (Wildlife | Land Conservation Action Tracks) CLOSED (FULL) Join us for a history talk and tour at Altama Planation Wildlife Management Area. We will explore the history of this 1763 former rice plantation, discuss the connections to St. Simons Island plantations, and learn how the property has changed hands up until today. GA DNR acquired this property in 2015 as part of the greater Altamaha Conservation Corridor. On our trip, we will discuss the current management and ecological restoration goals, tour the 1930’s era Playhouse, and formal garden. Then take a short walk/loop along former rice dikes and see glimpses of the tidal hardwood forest that has reclaimed this area. (Photo by GADNR)

Gilliard Farms, Brunswick (Local Foods and Fisheries Action Track) CLOSED (FULL) Visit Gilliard Farms, a Georgia Centennial Family Farm dating back to the late 1800s. During the tour, we’ll discuss local food and seafood, and how we can heal ourselves through nature. From herbs and native plants to compost and chickens, you’ll discover what’s growing on the farm, hear behind-the-scenes stories from CheFarmer Matthew Raiford, and learn tips of the trade – and recipe ideas! – that you can take back to your own backyard garden and dinner table. (Photo by Gilliard Farms)

The Harrington School, St. Simons Island (Community Leadership | Historic Preservation Action Tracks) – The Harrington School House, formerly known as the Harrington Graded School, was built in the 1920s and served as the main educational structure for three African American communities on St. Simons Island. It hosted grades 1-7 until desegregation in the 1960s when students left to attend St. Simons Elementary. Beginning in the 1970s, it was largely abandoned after that and sat unused for decades. Following a long campaign to restore and renovate the property, the School officially re-opened with a ribbon cutting in August 2017. Join us to hear more about its history and the incredible community effort that brought the schoolhouse back to life. (Photo by Brian Brown, Vanishing Georgia)

Honey Creek Episcopal Retreat Center, Camden County (Faith and Spirituality | Environmental Education Action Tracks) – The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia Retreat Center is located on Honey Creek in Camden County, Georgia. Join us as we explore Honey Creek’s unique history and interconnected ecosystems—wetland marsh, maritime forest, and agriculture ecosystems. A 100-acre campus along a tidal creek is an ideal place to experience the intricate web of interrelationships in and among habitats. Formerly home to a residential environmental education program, the Honey Creek mission today is to serve as a spiritual home for ministries, groups, families, and congregations seeking to disconnect from the distractions of daily life and work. (Photo by Frank Logue/Episcopal Diocese of Georgia)

Tidelands Nature Center, Jekyll Island (Student Leadership Projects) – Calling all students! Join us as we explore Tidelands Nature Center and take a guided kayak tour in the salt marshes around Jekyll Island. As you paddle you might see herons, egrets, and wood storks feeding along the banks, diving pelicans and terns, and fiddler crabs by the thousands. We’ll be led by Tideland’s experienced naturalists, who will share the secrets of the ecology of this fascinating environment. This trip is suitable for beginners as well as experienced paddlers. Depending on the group size and weather, we may substitute a hands-on beach ecology program. Time will also be allowed for exploring Tideland’s nature exhibits, home to a variety of animal ambassadors and other coastal wildlife! (Photo by Tidelands Nature Center)

South Dunes “Ocean Gratitude” (Beach Clean up) Explore how awareness of Blue Mind can shift your perspective and make you a more effective conservation advocate through participating in Wildbluesea’s “beach clean with a twist” led by founder/executive director Linda Emerson. To tune into our Blue Mind, we’ll take time to observe and enjoy nature; as coastal stewards, we’ll clean the beach; as citizen scientists, we’ll document single-use plastics to be collated with other Ocean Gratitude sites around the North Atlantic; and as fellow compassionate conservationists, we’ll examine our own lifestyle and help each other commit to choices aligned with healing the ocean.