Field Studies by Land

These activities provide opportunities for scientific study and discovery at Skidaway Island field sites and on nearby Tybee Island.

pagebodyhalf_landfieldstudiesField studies are weather- and tide-dependent. Appropriate footwear and field clothing are required. Inside activitieswill be substituted for outdoor activities in the case of inclement weather or unprepared groups.

To schedule a visit, contact Scheduling Coordinator Stephanie Edgecombe at
or call 912-598-2335.

Maritime Forest Study (Grades 5-12, College, Adult)

Hike through on-site transitional and mature maritime forests to experience coastal Georgia’s climax plant community. Examine the diverse plants and animals found here through close observation and nature study. Discuss Native American dependence on the salt marsh and the adjacent forest for survival and modern man’s use of these plant communities.

1-2 hours; min/max = 15/25

Salt Marsh Study (Grades 5-12, College, Adult)

Designed to immerse students in a field experience, this study emphasizes individual discovery, observation and identification of the unique organisms adapted for life in the intertidal zone. Students discuss the importance of the marsh ecosystem to the coastal systems of Georgia. Program is weather- and tide-dependent.

2-2.5 hours; min/max = 15/25

Salt Marsh Transect (Grades 7-12, College, Adult)

Why do some organisms live in higher zones of a salt marsh and others are more commonly found in lower ones? Students put their knowledge to practical use in this field study in order to gain a broad perspective of salt marsh zonation and ecology. Using scientific equipment, students survey, collect, graph and analyze data on changes in elevation in the salt marsh, soil types and the organisms living there. Program is weather- and tide-dependent. This class emphasizes STEM objectives.

3 hours; min/max = 15/25

Developed Barrier Island Study – Tybee Island (Grades 5-12, College, Adult)

Tybee Island is impacted by a range of human activities along Georgia’s coast. Combine elements of a Beach and Dune study with a more in-depth study of a barrier island developed for human residence and tourism. Students explore the sandy beach, survey examples of development related impacts and discuss the natural physical processes, environmental and infrastructure issues and development trends impacting developed barrier islands.

3.5 hours (includes driving time); min/max = 15/50

Marine Debris in the Salt Marsh (Grades 5-12, College, Adult)

Build on Marine Debris 101 with a field exploration. Students collect marine debris at designated salt marsh sites using NOAA shoreline survey protocols. Students gain a better understanding of this important issue as they determine types of marine debris, the weight of plastics collected and debris accumulation rates. Our web-based “Marine Debris and Me’’ curriculum can serve as follow-up learning sessions at your school site. This class emphasizes STEM objectives.

3.5 hours; min/max = 15/30 depending on student/chaperones numbers and depending on vessel, if needed.

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