UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium

We have continued to invest in renovations, upgrades and new installations to provide the best possible learning environment.


The UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium offers unparalleled facilities on the Georgia coast and is fully equipped to provide engaging, experiential learning in the natural coastal environment.

Located on Skidaway Island, just southeast of Savannah, Georgia, student groups learn in the field, on the water and in well-equipped science labs and multipurpose classrooms.

Education facilities include:

UGA Aquarium in Savannah, GA

The mission of the Marine Education Center and Aquarium is to develop the public’s understanding and appreciation of the numerous coastal marine environments in the state of Georgia and to foster respect for the beauty and complexity of these environments.

UGA Marine Education Center & Aquarium
30 Ocean Science Circle
Savannah, GA 31411
Phone: (912) 598-2496 /
Fax: (912) 598-2302

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Teaching Spaces

  • public teaching aquarium
  • touch tanks
  • science labs
  • art lab
  • computer lab
  • auditorium

Onsite Interpretive Areas

  • archaeology exhibits
  • salt marsh boardwalk
  • wildlife observation platform
  • Jay Wolf Nature Trail
  • Skidaway Interpretive Cabin
  • Skidaway Learning Garden
  • natural history museum

Boats and Docks

  • R/V Sea Dawg (43 ft. trawler)
  • Carolina Skiffs (24 ft. open deck outboards)
  • deepwater sampling docks

Residential Amenities

  • dormitory
  • cafeteria
  • enclosed porch
  • recreation fields
  • picnic area

Additional Field Sites: The Center provides student access to a variety of wilderness field sites that include unique coastal habitats adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean and estuaries. Sandy beaches and dunes, tidal rivers and salt creeks, salt marshes and hammocks, as well as maritime and upland forests are typical field destinations.

Community partnerships and a fleet of research vessels provide opportunities for study in remote areas of Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge, Savannah Coastal Refuges and Ossabaw Island Natural Heritage Preserve. Barrier island study sites include Wassaw, Ossabaw, Tybee, Skidaway and Cabbage islands.

Visiting the Marine Education Center and Aquarium is easy! We would love to see you there!

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