The Marine Education Center and Aquarium provides public programs for visitors and families to learn more about the Georgia coast with the whole family.
For a complete calendar of events at all locations, visit our Events Calendar.
Public programs offered by the UGA Aquarium are a fun way for individuals and families to get involved in marine science while enjoying a day at the aquarium.
Programs range in cost and age-appropriate formats, but all require a reservation. For more information about program opportunities, email our Public Programs Coordinator, Kayla Clark, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 912-598-3345.
Current Public Programs
Coastal Stewards Program
The Coastal Stewards Program is a series of workshops for adults, open to anyone over 18, and offered on a quarterly basis. This is an ideal program for someone interested in gaining in-depth knowledge and relevant skills for enjoying and using natural resources in coastal Georgia. Each workshop includes lecture, lab and field activities designed to increase content knowledge while also enhancing skills for using scientific and recreational equipment. An emphasis will be placed on incorporating strategies for stewardship of resources and environmental leadership. Workshops are $100 per person and run Friday evenings through a full day Saturday. Participants are encouraged to attend the introductory workshop and four additional workshops in order to earn a certificate of completion for the program. Workshops are also available as stand-alone events. Registration and payment is due one week prior to the event. Class offerings may change by season, check the online event calendar or contact Kayla Clark for topics.
- May 19-20: Georgia Oysters: Bringing Back the Bivalve
- August 11-12: Georgia Blue Crab
- September 15-16: Georgia Shrimp
Saturday Explorations at the Aquarium
Hands-on explorations are offered on Saturdays on a monthly basis. Programs range from 1-3 hours and are designed for a variety of ages. Programs can include field activities, labs, or guided tours through various coastal habitats. Check the event calendar for this month’s offering.
Summer Programs: June and July
Arts & Crafts and Animal Encounters, Every Thursday from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Explore the coast with your child in a unique setting perfect for inspiring wonder and curiosity. A mix of games, art, stories and animal encounters provide fun learning experiences about the ocean.
Cost: $7 per person
Ages 3-5, accompanied by an adult
Aquarium Tours, Every Thursday from 2 – 3:00 p.m.
Discover the animals of the Georgia coast through a tour at the UGA aquarium. Ask an educator all your animal questions and explore behind the scenes to learn about current research, education and conservation work at the UGA aquarium.
Cost: $10 per person
Ages 3 and up, accompanied by an adult
Family Field Trips, Every Tuesday from 9:45 a.m. – noon
Every Tuesday in June and July visitors can explore coastal habitats and learn about native wildlife during hands-on, feet-in field trips at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island.
Cost: $15 per person
Ages 5 and up, children must be accompanied by an adult
Available Field Trips:
- Friends of a Feather
Explore the UGA Aquarium learning garden in search of birds of all shapes and sizes. Learn how to use binoculars, identify different types of birds and accompany educators on a birding hike through the maritime forest.
*Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen.
Did you know the scientific name for blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, means “savory beautiful swimmer”? This delicious crustacean is one of the top fisheries in Georgia. Learn all about these amazing animals during a catch-and-release crabbing lesson on the dock behind the UGA Aquarium.
*Crab traps and bait will be provided.
- Marsh Mucking
Pull on your mud boots and join educators on a trek through Georgia’s expansive salt marshes. Watch fiddler crabs dancing, hum to periwinkle snails and search for signs of other animals, like raccoons and birds, that use this important coastal habitat.
- Maritime Forest
Discover the hidden wonders of the maritime forest during a guided hike with educators that will include interactive games and scavengers hunts. After seeing animals in their natural habitat, visitors can enjoy a live reptile demonstration at the UGA Aquarium and interact with snakes and turtles that serve as ambassador animals for education and conservation.