September 16-18

Ossabaw Island Service Weekend
Ossabaw Island State Heritage Preserve

“Have you ever been somewhere so breathtaking that you hardly dare snap a picture for fear of missing something? Welcome to Ossabaw Island.” - Emily Peterson, 2012 Ossabaw Island Volunteer


Join the Georgia Conservancy and the Ossabaw Island Foundation for a weekend service trip to Ossabaw Island on September 16-18. This trip is an incredibly rare opportunity to enjoy a primitive and remote barrier island, and to support its preservation by giving back with some elbow grease. Guests will do everything – landscaping, scrubbing and cleaning the historic structures, maintaining trails, and restoring a campsite. Because of their hard work, guests can enjoy below market rates for a weekend that includes ferry transportation, lodging and meals.

Non-service related activities include a historical tour of island's North End settlement, a truck safari through the heart of the island, a late Saturday afternoon at the beach, crabbing, fishing, hiking, relaxing, etc.

Our headquarters for the weekend, the Clubhouse will be the location for our prepared meals, housing for a majority of our weekend guests and a gathering place in the evenings for meetings and socializing. Relaxing on the Clubhouse wraparound porch, complete with rocking chairs and ceiling fans, is one of the best activities on Ossabaw. 

From the Ossabaw Island Foundation:

"Ossabaw Island, on the Georgia coast, contains 26,000 acres of maritime forest, tidal wetlands and wide beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. It is an unspoiled place set aside by the State of Georgia as a heritage preserve for natural, scientific and cultural study, and research and education. It's only 20 minutes by boat from Savannah, yet it's worlds apart. Ossabaw Island is where loggerhead sea turtles and endangered wood storks nest; where students learn research techniques and the value of an unspoiled place; where historic cultures are studied; and where photographers, writers, painters and musicians find inspiration."

In-kind donors and local food producers we will be enjoying during our weekend on Cumberland Island: Sweet Grass DairySweetwater Brewing Company, American Spirit Whiskey and Cafe Campesino Coffee


All accommodations include: Service Tools from the Atlanta Community Tool Bank, tour of Ossabaw Island by the Ossabaw Island Foundation, ALL meals, transportation to and from Atlanta, Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese hors d'oeuvres and Café Campesino Coffee.

Tent Camping - $175 single, $350 double/couple, $450 family

Camping is provided in the fields and orchard surrounding the Clubhouse. Campers will have access to bathrooms and showers

Clubhouse - $225 single or $600 for family room (sleeps four).

Guests lodging in the Clubhouse will stay in either the men's or women’s bunk rooms. The Clubhouse does offer two private rooms for families with small children. The private rooms will be offered as first-come-first-served and on an “as needed" basis. The Clubhouse Family Room price includes space for 4 people in 2 bunk beds.

BoadingHouse - $600 - per room/per couple

The V.I.P. lodging for the weekend, the Bunkhouse is an award-winning, immaculately restored bungalow located a short distance from the Clubhouse. We have three private rooms for rent, each with two twin beds, rented by the room. Two of the bedrooms have private baths. Two of the bedrooms share a large bathroom (both rooms have sinks). Bedrooms with a private bath are first-come-first-serve.

REI Gear Bank - Participants have access to GC's REI Gear Bank (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad) on this trip for a fee of $5. Using your member ID #, Georgia Conservancy members (Live Oak level and above) have FREE access to the GC REI Gear Bank.

Membership Discounts - A Georgia Conservancy membership comes a number of Stewardship Trips and Events discounts.

Georgia Conservancy members (Live Oak Level and above)- use your member id # to receive a discount when registering for a trip. Having trouble identifying your membership id #? Contact Alexis Torres at



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The Ossabaw Island Service Weekend is one of four service weekends hosted by the Georgia Conservancy every year. Other Service Weekends include opportunities to give back and make a difference on Cumberland Island, Sapelo Island and at the Len Foote Hike Inn.