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Public Programs

The Marine Education Center and Aquarium provides public programs for visitors and families to learn more about the Georgia coast with the whole family.

Public programs offered by the UGA Aquarium are a fun way for individuals and families to get involved in marine science while enjoying a day at the aquarium.

Recurring programs are listed below, though additional programs are offered throughout the year. For a complete schedule of events at all locations, visit our Events Calendar.

Programs range in cost and age-appropriate formats, but all require a reservation. For more information about program opportunities, email our Public Programs Coordinator, Kayla Clark, at kayla270@uga.edu or call 912-598-3345.

Estuary Trawls

Estuary Trawls

Climb aboard the 43-foot trawler R/V Sea Dawg for a memorable scientific collecting trip. Sample the benthic communities found in tidal rivers and sounds, then identify, sort, count and record species, environmental and positional data. Discussions include the natural history, diversity and ecological/commercial significance of findings. Limit 3 passengers per program for ages 10 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information and to register, visit: https://t.uga.edu/6Ge.

Coastal Stewards (Adults)

Coastal Stewards Program

In 2017, University of Georgia’s Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant responded to the need for expanded public programming by creating the Coastal Stewards Program, a series of environmental education workshops designed for adults and short format programs for families living on or visiting the Georgia coast. The goal of the program is to engage these audiences in activities designed to improve their knowledge of coastal ecosystems, enhance understanding of current issues impacting coastal communities, and inspire stewardship of natural resources.

This is an ideal program for someone interested in gaining in-depth knowledge and relevant skills for enjoying and using natural resources in coastal Georgia. Each workshop includes lecture, lab and field activities designed to increase content knowledge while also enhancing skills for using scientific and recreational equipment. An emphasis will be placed on incorporating strategies for stewardship of resources and environmental leadership. Class offerings change seasonally. Check the online event calendar or contact Kayla Clark for topics.

Coastal Stewards Curriculum

The Coastal Stewards Curriculum grew out of the Coastal Stewards Program and supports a growing movement of informal adult and family environmental education opportunities across the region. While there are many environmental education programs and curriculums serving k-12 students in the state, few of them specifically target adults and multi-age audiences. This curriculum includes a compilation of activities and resources that can be used to build stewardship topics and activities into programming for adults and families.

Stewardship Shorts

Stewardship Shorts are 1-2 page PDF documents designed to communicate conservation challenges and stewardship solutions along Georgia’s coast. Each provides background information, stewardship actions, and connections with coastal organizations that do similar work.

Winter Science Series (Adults)

Winter Science Series

What’s in your water? This winter, learn all about what you can find in the waters around Savannah! The UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium will be offering a series of science labs and field experiences from December through March. These hands-on labs are designed for adults (18+) and each class will focus on using different methods of sampling using microscopes, dissecting scopes and trawling. All labs, except the cruise, will be held from 9-11 a.m. The cruise will be held 9 a.m.- noon. Classes can be taken individually or as a series. To register, contact Kayla Clark at kayla270@uga.edu or 912-598-3345 no later than one week prior to each class. Check back later to see the 2019 schedule.

Summer Programs (Children)

June and July Programs

Turtle Tuesdays, Every Tuesday at 2 p.m. (exception: July 2)
Meet a turtle that’s found on the Georgia coast each Tuesday in July at the UGA Aquarium! Each week, we’ll introduce visitors to one of the aquarium’s ambassador turtles. Learn about diamondback terrapins, loggerhead sea turtles, gopher tortoises and more!

Toddler Touch Tanks, Every Thursday from 10 – 11 a.m. (exception: July 4)
Explore the coast with your child in a unique setting perfect for inspiring wonder and curiosity! Touch Tank programs will include a mix of games, art, stories and animal encounters that provide fun learning experiences about the ocean. Activities are designed for children ages 2 to 5. Children of all ages are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: $6

Behind the Scenes Aquarium Tours, Every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. (exception: July 4)
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the UGA Aquarium? Visitors are invited to spend the afternoon exploring our exhibits before learning what it’s like to care for our native marine animals during a behind-the-scenes tour led by staff. Highlights include seeing the food prep room and observing the sea horse feeding! Children ages 5 and above are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: $10

Ocean to Table (Adults)

Ocean to Table Workshops

Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant is partnering with the University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension Program in Chatham County to offer a series of Ocean to Table workshops that focus on various seafood topics, from shellfish to blue crab. The series aims to increase popularity and interest in local foods and sustainable seafood in Georgia. During each workshop, participants sample seafood products, enjoy cooking demonstrations and receive information designed to help them make more informed decisions when purchasing, handling and eating seafood products. To find out about upcoming ocean to table programs, visit our event calendar at gacoast.uga.edu/events.

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