Apply your new knowledge with hands-on field experiences!

Field Trips:

Experience and Give Back

Schedule | Workshops | SpeakersRegistration | Sponsorships | Scholarships


On Sunday morning, 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 Chatham County. (Participants will provide their own transportation to the destination; directions will be provided.)

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 and projects, so sign up for the trip with the issues that best fit your interests.

Artistic Advocacy at Wormsloe Historic Site
Join us on scenic Isle of Hope for an interactive tour of Wormsloe Historic Site. Sarah Ross, President of the Wormsloe Foundation and Director of the Wormsloe Institute for Environmental History, will lead us through the property to better understand the significance of this coastal Georgia treasure. Following the tour, participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups with award-winning author Megan Mayhew Bergman or renowned Savannah artist Marcus Kenney. You’ll gain concrete knowledge and tools in your craft and practice activities to help you share your voice and love of our coast through writing and art. This in-depth session is perfect for the advocate who feels passionately about coastal issues and has a lot to say on behalf of their world—but wants to refine how they say it! Writers and artists of all backgrounds and skill levels welcome.

Shorebird Conservation on Georgia’s Barrier Islands
Ready for an adventure? So are we! Attendees will hop aboard boats for a trip to one of our beautiful barrier islands with Manomet’s Shorebird Biologist, Abby Sterling. We’ll spend the morning hearing about the significance of Georgia’s beaches for shorebirds and we’ll learn more about the threats to shorebirds and their habitats. This field trip will give you an up-close experience with our 100-mile coast as we make our way along the beach looking for shorebirds and cleaning up trash along the way. Afterwards, participants will work with Abby to learn how you can join in efforts or initiate your own projects to protect shorebirds along our coast. This is sure to be an adventure you won’t want to miss! Look for a final location and more information about this trip coming soon.

Citizen Science on the
Ogeechee River
Just as spectacular as our 100-mile coast, the rivers of Georgia flow for thousands of miles across our state, teeming with wildlife. They provide priceless recreational opportunities and scenery. Unfortunately, these resources are threatened every day by pollution. On this field trip, we will join the Ogeechee and Altamaha Riverkeepers at Fort McAllister, a unique historical site where our coastal history and natural resources converge. We’ll begin our trip with a tour of the fort, giving us a better understanding of the significance of its riverfront location. Afterwards, the Riverkeepers will train participants how to take water samples, monitor water quality, and discover other ways to use citizen science to protect Georgia’s waterways.

Youth in Action at Oatland Island Wildlife Center (Student Track)
Come explore the wonders of Oatland Island Wildlife Center and observe their wildlife. You’ll learn about these animals, the environments they call home, and get inspired to take action. After the tour, under the leadership of Sean Russell, the founder of Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, students will work to create an action plan for positive change. Sean will help you pick an issue you are passionate about, then help you develop your own plan using the tools you learned the day before. You’ll leave with a road map for making a difference for our coast!