Post Conference Tour:
UGA Marine Extension Center and
Aquarium Tour on Skidaway Island
The Marine Tour all-inclusive price includes:
Check out the trip details!
We will travel half an hour south of our hotel to the University of Georgia’s Marine Education Center.
Dr. Mark Risse, Professor and Director of Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant will discuss the latest shellfish research and take us for a ride on the UGA Sea Dawg research vessel (weather dependent). We will lower the nets and study what is hauled onboard often learning a lot about the plant life, shrimp, fish and invertebrates in the coastal waters.
Next we will have a behind-the-scenes tour at the UGA Aquarium and will finish our day with a local shrimp boil dinner (Shrimp boiled with corn, pork sausage, and potatoes) by Tim Barrett’s catering under a pavilion at the water’s edge.
Baked chicken can be substituted upon request.
Note: Please bring a jacket and/or raincoat as it can be a bit cool on the water this time of year.
We will return to the hotel by 7 p.m.
Visitors can explore exhibits featuring over 200 marine animals typical of the habitats found along the Georgia coast. The freshwater tank houses two American alligators, which are considered “keystone species” on Georgia barrier islands.
Have you ever felt a hermit crab tickle your hand? The Touch Tank exhibit provides “hands-on”, or rather “hands-in” learning about invertebrates commonly found in and around Georgia’s beaches and estuaries.
The Low Country boil is a one-pot meal for the masses and was originally called Frogmore Stew.
A covered pavilion sitting along the Skidaway River provides a perfect spot to eat dinner at the end of our afternoon!
More information about the UGA Marine Education Center and Skidaway Island
The coastal Georgia Adopt-A-Wetland Program is a hands-on education program that promotes wetland conservation through volunteer monitoring.
The goals of the Adopt-A-Wetland Program from Skidaway Island are to educate the public on the importance of wetlands, increase public awareness of water quality issues, train citizens to monitor and protect wetlands and collect baseline wetland health data.