Mobile workshops will occur on Thursday afternoon, October 17. Choose your mobile workshop option when you register for the meeting.
Skiff Trip to Cabbage Island (FULL)
Explore Wassaw Sound by skiff while learning about the Georgia coast from John “Crawfish” Crawford, lead naturalist at Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. Stop on Cabbage Island to explore a barrier island habitat and enjoy birding activities. Participate in a behind the scenes tour of the UGA Aquarium on Skidaway Island following the skiff trip.
Kayaking on Ebenezer Creek (FULL)
Enjoy a kayak tour of Ebenezer Creek, a blackwater creek roughly 35 minutes from downtown Savannah. Ancient dwarf bald cypress with huge buttresses tower over highly reflective water and typical wildlife might include pileated woodpeckers, red-shouldered hawks, barred owls, many varieties of songbirds – and perhaps a gator. The current is very mild and the trees offer sunshade and windbreak. If the water is high, a paddle among the old-growth tupelo forest is a special treat.
Tybee Island Resiliency Tour
Learn about various adaptation measures taken by the City of Tybee Island, several of which were informed by the Tybee Island Sea Level rise Adaptation plan developed by Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. Topics and stops include the beach renourishment and dune system project, the stormwater system tide gate, and the living shoreline at the Burton 4-H Center.
Visit Georgia Southern University’s ~4,100 square foot aquaponics facility that supports student and faculty research in areas of biology, chemistry, economics and engineering. The a state-of-the-art facility is designed to research the economic and biological sustainability of aquaponics systems. The second stop on this tour will be Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s Shellfish Research Lab on Skidaway Island. Tour the oyster hatchery and learn about efforts to grow the oyster aquaculture industry in Georgia.
Stormwater Management and Tour of Georgia Coastal Botanical Gardens
Join Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s Stormwater and EcoScapes Specialists for a tour of green infrastructure practices in Savannah. Visit stormwater management demonstration sites followed by a tour of UGA’s Coastal Botanical Gardens. Explore rain gardens, iris trials beds, xeriscape landscapes and the Garden’s historic bamboo farm.