The UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Aquarium on Skidaway Island is offering pre-scheduled small group visits, so participants can observe and learn about Georgia’s diverse marine life.
Each aquarium appointment lasts one hour and includes a brief touch tank animal introduction and time to explore the aquarium alongside a marine educator who is available to answer questions. Visitors are required to follow appropriate safety guidelines including wearing face masks in the facility, washing hands upon entry and staying socially distanced.
Appointments are available Tuesday through Friday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. On Saturday, sessions are available at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The fee is $25 for a group of up to five visitors and $50 for a group of six to 10 visitors. Additional information and registration is available at https://gacoast.uga.edu/visit-us/
In addition to the aquarium by appointment, Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant educators are creating a variety of virtual programs for different audiences. These programs cover an array of topics from wild Georgia shrimp, ocean pollution, turtle art and more.
“The current pandemic has impacted how we teach but not the commitment with which we teach,” says Anne Lindsay, associate director of marine education. “We are excited to offer these innovative and responsive virtual programs that focus on marine science and stewardship.”
An afterschool virtual program series, After School at the Aquarium, was created to inspire wonder and curiosity about the Georgia coast through various activities and animals. The activities are designed for children ages 6-12, but all ages are welcome. The program is offered every Thursday at 4 p.m. through November 19. Registration information and event descriptions can be found at gacoast.uga.edu/events