Things to Do

In addition to the UGA Aquarium, our Skidaway Island facility offers visitors many other activity areas to explore.

The Marine Education Center and Aquarium offers activities and programs designed to provide a fun way for families and visitors to get involved in marine science, while also enjoying a day at the aquarium.

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant staff encourage guests to consider including some of these activities in their plans when they come to visit.

Nature Trails

The Jay Wolf Nature Trail was constructed in 1990 and named after volunteer and nature enthusiast Jay Wolf. The trail is currently maintained by the UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant staff and local Boy Scout Troop #24.

View the Skidaway Jay Wolf Nature Trail Guide.

Saltmarsh Boardwalk

The ADA-approved saltmarsh boardwalk provides opportunities for wildlife observation and quiet reflection at the border of maritime forest and estuarine waters.

There are observation platforms along the saltmarsh boardwalk that allow for an unimpeded view of local wildlife and plants. These platforms are great spots to stop and rest while strolling along the boardwalk.

Skidaway Learning Garden

The Skidaway Learning Garden is a great resource for families and visitors who wish to learn more about the plants native to coastal Georgia. Maintained by UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant staff and volunteers, this garden has gathered wonderful examples of all sorts of plants from around the coast.

Download one of our trail activities for young (and older) visitors:
Alphabet Search
Garden Challenge
Numbers Search
The Naturalist Journal


There are many opportunities for birding on the UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant campus, including the Skidaway Learning Garden, feeder sites, the picnic bluff and along the Jay Wolf Nature Trail. Song birds, wading birds and waterfowl can be visible in the maritime forest, salt marsh, mudflat and tidal river habitats on site.

Picnic Areas

Overlooking the Skidaway River, and adjacent to the beginning of the Jay Wolf Nature Trail, there is an oak and palm-shaded area with picnic tables provided.


University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant officially dedicated a covered pavilion at the Marine Education Center and Aquarium in May of 2016. The pavilion provides a place for students and visitors to continue their education outside even in inclement weather.

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