Join the Georgia Conservancy on April 3-5 for a weekend adventure on Jekyll Island, including a Saturday paddle in the tidal creeks, marshes and intracoastal waterway of Jekyll!
From the Jekyll Island Authority: "Jekyll Island is a place where nature and humanity peacefully co-exist. The most accessible of Georgia’s protected barrier islands, the majority of Jekyll remains in a natural state and development is tightly limited to preserve the balance. The island is home to more than a thousand acres of mature maritime forest, an icon of the coastal South that has become threatened by over development throughout its range."
Jekyll Island, once known as the "playground of millionaires," is now home to Jekyll Island Club Historic District, Jekyll Island State Park, and other Jekyll Island Authority properties, including the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and Jekyll Island Museum.
This is a primitive camping only trip (Friday and Saturday nights), however, guests are welcome to provide their own accommodations for the weekend and join us for Saturday’s paddle if they pay the “Day Paddle” rate. Courtesy of the Jekyll Island Authority (JIA), we will be camping in the meadow of the historic dairy on the west side of Jekyll Island. Camping facilities include running water and rented porta-toilets. Shower facilities will be available at the Jekyll Island RV Campground two miles away.
Hosted by SouthEast Adventure Outfitters, our Saturday morning paddle will launch from the southwest side of Jekyll Island and track north through the beautiful salt marsh through Fancy Bluff Creek. After rounding the northern tip of the island we will beach our kayaks at the driftwood beach. Kayaks are not included in the cost of registration, but SouthEast Adventure has both kayaks and tandem kayaks for available to rent if you do not have your own boat.
After a day of paddling and exploring on Jekyll, we will be treated to “Gatorology 101” hosted by JIA. The program will include Alligator 101 information, including basic biology, conservation challenges, the alligator experience, and dispelling myths about alligator behaviors. Guests will learn about some of the exciting alligator research taking place on Jekyll and how Jekyll Island helps create a safe co-existence between alligators and people. Participants will get the awesome opportunity to meet one of Jekyll’s captive resident alligators.
Georgia Sea Turtle Center:
On Sunday morning, our group will enjoy breakfast and then pay a visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Science Center for a guided tour. Our group will have the opportunity to explore the exhibit gallery (sea turtle museum) with an educator present to answer questions for the duration of our visit.
Join us on a Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trip to learn more about important location-specific conservation issues, as well as statewide advocacy opportunities. Our goal is simple: Create a connection between some of Georgia’s most precious places and the people needed to protect them.