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 partner with local researchers and coastal leaders to host a monthly lecture and corresponding field trip. Each month focuses on 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 a reduced rate. We can’t wait to explore the coast with you!
October – Under the Sea
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. Thomas Bliss, Director of Shellfish Research Lab with UGA Marine Extension, will give an interactive presentation on Georgia’s tastiest treat. Enjoy complimentary wine, beer, and light snacks.
Behind the Scenes Boat Trip to Sapelo Sea Farms SOLD OUT
Sunday, October 8th • 1st Tour: 4:30pm | 2nd Tour: 5:45pm
$30 members | $40 non-members
Cruise by air boat through Sapelo River and learn about the ‘ins and outs’ of sustainable shellfish farming on the coast. Captain Charlie Phillips, owner of Sapelo Sea Farms (the oldest clam farm in Georgia) 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 • 7pm
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 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
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.