Educating citizens across Georgia’s coast

Naturalist 101:

Master your coastal Georgia knowledge 

Introducing our Naturalist 101 Series, a new program that encourages coastal residents and enthusiasts to discover what makes our coast so special and apply their knowledge along our coast. Throughout the seven-month series, participants will increase their understanding of coastal issues and find opportunities to take action to protect Georgia’s 100-mile coast.

From May through November, One Hundred Miles will host a monthly lecture and corresponding field trip, each highlighting a different coastal topic:

May – Sharing the Beach with Shorebirds • June – Bee Inspired: All About Bees • July – Loggerhead-lines: Conserving Georgia’s Sea Turtles • August – Our Sandy Shore: Georgia Barrier Island Dynamics • September – Hooray for Herps: Reptiles and Amphibians • October – Under the Sea: Sustainable Fisheries  November – Branching Out: Longleaf Pine Ecosystem

Monthly lectures are free, with field trips offered at low cost; participants can pick and choose to attend the programs that interest them most or sign up for the entire series at at a reduced rate. We can’t wait to explore the coast with you!


May – Sharing the Beach with Shorebirds

Georgia’s Shorebirds Lecture
One Hundred Miles Brunswick Office
Thursday, May 4th • 7 pm
Lecture is free, but please reserve your spot online.

We’ll discuss all things flighty and feathery as we learn about local shorebirds’ behavior, natural history, and conservation. Tim Keyes, biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Nongame Wildlife Division, will give an interactive presentation on local shorebird species. You’ll learn how you can help protect these species and why Georgia’s coast is so critical to their survival. Enjoy complimentary wine, beer, and light snacks. 

Shorebirds 101: Birding Basics (Field trip)
Gould’s Inlet, St. Simons Island
Saturday, May 13th • 8am-10am
$10 members | $15 non-members

Visit an active colonial nesting site for shorebirds at Gould’s Inlet, one of Georgia’s most beautiful and dynamic pieces of the coast. Experts Tim Keyes and naturalists with the Plover Patrol will teach you the basics of birding and what you can do to make a difference for  shorebirds on the beach this summer.  Join us for a chance to see least terns, piping plovers, American oystercatchers, Red Knots and many other species. Dress for the weather and be prepared for walking around on a sandy beach. Binoculars suggested.


June – Bee Inspired

All About Bees Lecture
One Hundred Miles Savannah Office
Thursday, June 1st • 6pm
Lecture is free, but please reserve your spot online.

Join us to get the buzz on bees, and why they matter to our coast. Julianna, Savannah Bee Company’s Assistant to the President, will give an interactive presentation on the importance of bees, beekeeping, honey and their eco-focused mission at Savannah Bee. Live bees and hive exhibits will be available for up-close interaction. Enjoy complimentary wine, beer, and light hors d’oeuvres. 

Behind-the-Scenes Bee Garden and Warehouse Tour
Wilmington, Island, Savannah
Saturday, June 3rd • 12pm-2pm
$10 members | $15 non-members
*30 spots available 

Savannah Bee Company staff will educate you on all things bees inside their sustainable facility. After some basic education about bees, their honey expert will take you to their bee garden and let you watch as they open up a beehive and explain some of its inner workings. You will enjoy a tasting of all Savannah Bee’s different honeys, while they discuss each honey’s geographic origin, their flavor profiles, and suggested food pairings. Participants will have the opportunity to sample their fruit, honeycomb and local cheese platter before going on a personal tour inside Savannah Bee Company’s Office/Warehouse, where they bottle all of their sustainable honey products. Un-BEE-lievable!


July – Loggerhead-lines: Learning about Georgia’s Sea Turtles

Conserving Georgia’s Sea Turtles Lecture
One Hundred Miles Brunswick Office
Thursday, July 6th • 7 pm
Free, but please reserve your spot online.

Get to know coastal Georgia’s most mysterious seasonal visitors and learn about a species that’s been on our planet since the time of the dinosaurs. Mark Dodd, biologist and sea turtle program coordinator for the Georgia Department of Natural Resource’s Nongame Wildlife Division, will give an interactive presentation on Georgia’s sea turtles and the ongoing effort to conserve turtles across our coast. The last two years set records for loggerhead nesting in coastal Georgia – what will 2017 bring? Join us to find out, while enjoying complimentary wine, beer, and light snacks. 

Sea Turtle Night Walk (Field Trip)
Coast Guard Public Beach Access, St. Simons Island
Saturday, July 29th • 8:30 pm
$10 members | $15 non-members
*25 spots available 

Go behind the scenes during Georgia coast’s sea turtle nesting season with Catherine Ridley of the SSI Sea Turtle Project! We’ll meet at the Coast Guard Beach beach access boardwalk for an interactive beach night hike, where we’ll discuss loggerhead natural history, explore the beach at night in search of hatching turtles, and see how turtles nests are protected on Georgia’s beaches. You’ll learn the many ways you can help protect these amazing animals, explore bioluminescence and nocturnal science, and discover your own natural night vision.


August – Our Sandy Shores

Georgia Barrier Island Dynamics Lecture
One Hundred Miles Brunswick Office
Thursday, August 3rd • 6pm
Lecture is free, but please reserve your spot online.

Georgia’s barrier islands are a wonder of the world – but how much do you know about the processes that shape our 100-mile coastline? Fred Hay, Sapelo Island Manager, will give an interactive presentation on Georgia’s barrier islands and the vital role they play in protecting our coast, with a special highlight of Sapelo Island’s unique natural history. Enjoy complimentary wine, beer, and light hors d’oeuvres. 

Beach Ecology Field Trip to Sapelo Island
Saturday, August 12th • 9am-5:30pm
Meet at Sapelo Island Visitors Center – Ferry leaves at 9am
$50 members | $60 non-members
*20 spots available 

Discover the diversity of life that inhabits our barrier island beaches, and explore the geology behind our shoreline. Take advantage of a full day exploring unique spots on Sapelo Island: the maritime forest, historic structures, and the miles of endless beach. Fred Hay will be our expert guide for the day. Lunch included, but please bring a water bottle and other snacks.


September – Hooray for Herps!

Reptiles and Amphibians Lecture
One Hundred Miles Brunswick Office
Thursday, September 7th • 6pm
Lecture is free, but please reserve your spot online.

Go wild for snakes, turtles, frogs, and other native reptiles and amphibians, and discover why they’re so important to our coast, in this interactive lecture. Chris Jenkins, CEO of the Orianne Society, will help you better understand Georgia’s native herps, with a focus on their natural history and conservation. Live wildlife and biofacts will be on hand as special guests. Enjoy complimentary wine, beer, and light snacks. 

Field Trip to the Okefenokee Swamp
Saturday, September 9th • 9:30am – 1pm
$40 members | $50 non-members
*24 spots available 

Cruise by boat through the canals of the Okefenokee Swamp! You’ll enjoy an expert guided boat excursion – keep your eyes peeled for alligators. Then we’ll embark on a personal walking tour through the longleaf pine forests in search of gopher tortoise grounds, led by Chris Jenkins and the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Manager. Lunch included, but please bring a water bottle and other snacks.


October – Under the Sea

Sustainable Fisheries Lecture
One Hundred Miles Brunswick Office
Thursday, October 5th • 6pm
Lecture is free, but please reserve your spot online.

Seas the day! Go behind the scenes of Georgia’s fisheries industry, and learn how your choices on the water and at the dinner table can make a difference for our coast. Captain Charlie Phillips, Owner of Sapelo Sea Farms, the oldest clam farm in Georgia, will give an interactive presentation on Georgia’s tastiest treat. Enjoy complimentary wine, beer, and light snacks. 

Behind the Scenes Air Boat Trip to Sapelo Sea Farms
Sunday, October 8th • 1st Tour: 4:30pm | 2nd Tour: 5:45pm
$30 members | $40 non-members
*12 spots available 

Cruise by air boat through Sapelo River and learn about the ‘ins and outs’ of sustainable shellfish farming on the coast. Charlie Phillips will be our expert guide for the day, showing us how he grows fresh oysters and clams along the banks of the marsh. There will be two 1 hour boat tours with 6 people on each tour. To maximize oyster and clam visibility at low tide, the first tour will begin at 4:30pm and the second tour begins at 5:45pm. Kick back with drinks, tasty shellfish, and a sunset at Sapelo Sea Farm’s waterfront neighbor, Pelican Point’s Restaurant before or after your boat tour.


November – Branching Out

Longleaf Pine Lecture
One Hundred Miles Savannah Office
Wednesday, November 1st • 6pm
Lecture is free, but please reserve your spot online.

Get to know some important local residents – trees! Carol Denhof and Randy Tate of the Longleaf Pine Alliance, will give an interactive presentation on Georgia’s most critically endangered ecosystem, the longleaf pine forest. Savannah’s Oatland Island Wildlife Center will be on hand with live animals, such as the gopher tortoise, who depends on longleaf pine ecosystems for their species’ survival. Enjoy complimentary wine, beer, and light snacks. 

Behind the Scenes Tour of Ft. Stewart’s Longleaf Pine Forests
Friday, November 3rd • 9am-2pm
$40 members | $50 non-members
*30 spots available 

Journey deep into the forest as we learn about this incredible coastal habitat! We’ll go on a private driving tour of Ft. Stewart’s grounds as we explore their conservation areas and travel through longleaf pine forests to learn about local conservation efforts and the many wild species who depend on this critical habitat. Chief, Fish and Wildlife Branch at Ft. Stewart, Tim Beaty will be our expert guide for the day. Lunch included, but please bring a water bottle and other snacks.