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Horseshoe Crab Encounters

April 26, 2021, 6:00 am - 9:30 am

Every spring horseshoe crabs congregate on beaches along the east coast to lay their eggs. These spawning events attract migratory shorebirds that utilize the horseshoe crab eggs to fuel their annual flight to nesting grounds in the Arctic. Join us for an excursion to experience this unique, seasonal phenomenon along the Georgia coast. Children 10 years or older are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. 

Two boats will be used per program. Each boat is limited to 1-2 participants who are traveling as a group for a total fee of $66. If you would like to register 3-4 participants, your party will be split between the two boats for a total of $132.

Register here by April 22.

Questions? Contact Public Programs Coordinator, Kayla Clark, kayla270@uga.edu, 912-598-3345.

Special notes: 

  • Participation does not include entry into the UGA Aquarium. Aquarium visits can be made by appointment only on the Aquarium by Appointment registration page
  • All boat activities are weather-dependent and require appropriate and adequate footwear and clothing. There is no guarantee of wildlife sightings but every program will include information about estuary ecology and conservation. 
  • UGA boat captains reserve the right to cancel boat programs in the event of unsafe weather conditions. You will be notified by the Monday prior to your trip. Back-up dates are scheduled two days after the original date of the trip. No refunds are provided unless both dates are canceled.

COVID Procedures:

  • For safety and appropriate social distancing, this program is limited to 3 passengers per boat in addition to a UGA Captain.
  • Passengers are required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing during check-in and for the duration of the trip including while on board the vessel and on any stops to disembark on islands or shell rakes.

This event counts toward the Coastal Stewards Program, designed to engage adults in activities that improve their knowledge of coastal ecosystems, enhance understanding of current issues impacting coastal communities, and inspire stewardship of natural resources.


April 26, 2021
6:00 am - 9:30 am
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UGA Marine Education Center And Aquarium
30 Ocean Science Circle Savannah, GA 31411 United States


UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant
(912) 598-2496
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