NOVeMEBER 10 - 12, 2017
Jekyll Island Paddle + Camp
Jekyll Island, GA
The best weekend on Jekyll Island - EVER
Join the Georgia Conservancy for a weekend of camping, paddling, beach walks, fishing, hiking, biking and environmental education that includes a “Gatorology 101” presentation and a special tour of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.
From the Jekyll Island Authority: "Jekyll Island is a place where nature and humanity peacefully co-exist. The most accessible of Georgia’s protected barrier islands, the majority of Jekyll remains in a natural state and development is tightly limited to preserve the balance. The island is home to more than a thousand acres of mature maritime forest, an icon of the coastal South that has become threatened by over development throughout its range."
Jekyll Island, once known as the "playground of millionaires," is now home to Jekyll Island Club Historic District, Jekyll Island State Park, and other Jekyll Island Authority properties, including the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and Jekyll Island Museum.
This is a primitive camping only trip, however, guests are welcome to provide their own accommodations for the weekend and join us on ALL activities if they pay the “Day Pass” rate. Courtesy of the Jekyll Island Authority, we will be camping in the meadow of the historic dairy on the west side of Jekyll Island. Camping facilities include running water and rented porta-toilets. Shower facilities will be available at the Jekyll Island RV Campground a few miles away.
Hosted by SouthEast Adventure Outfitters, our Saturday morning paddle will launch from the southwest side of Jekyll Island and track north through the beautiful salt marsh through Fancy Bluff Creek. After rounding the northern tip of the island we will beach our kayaks at the driftwood beach. Kayaks are not included in the cost of registration, but SouthEast Adventure has both kayaks and tandem kayaks for available to rent if you do now have your own boat - click this link for reservations (make sure to reserve your kayak as soon as you register for this experience!)
After a day of paddling and exploring on Jekyll, we will be treated to “Gatorology 101” hosted by Dr. Kimberly Andrews. The program will include Alligator 101 information, including basic biology, conservation challenges, the alligator experience, and dispelling myths about alligator behaviors. Guests will learn about some of the exciting alligator research taking place on Jekyll and how Jekyll Island helps create a safe co-existence between alligators and people. Participants will get the awesome opportunity to meet Tiny, Jekyll’s captive resident alligator.
Georgia Sea Turtle Center:
On Sunday morning, our group will enjoy breakfast and then pay a visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Science Center for a special facility tour. Our group will have the opportunity to explore the exhibit gallery (sea turtle museum) and venture into the GSTC hospital to experience “Meet the Patients”, an auditory introduction to the sea turtles in the hospital. An educator will be present to the group and answer questions for the duration of your visit.
In-kind donors and local food producers we will be enjoying during our Jekyll Paddle + Camp Weekend: Sweet Grass Dairy (Thomasville), Sweetwater Brewing Company (Atlanta), American Spirit Whiskey (Atlanta), Montane Sparkling Water (Hamilton) and Cafe Campesino Coffee (Americus).
Trip Price: Day Pass - $75 per person (includes day paddle, Gatorology 101, Georgia Sea Turtle Center tour), Paddle + Camp - $150 per person (includes paddling, two nights camping, Gatorology 101, Georgia Sea Turtle Center tour, two dinners, two breakfast and one lunch)
Recommended Experience Levels: Novice
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DETAILS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
REGISTER BELOW *
*Registration opens to Georgia Conservancy members on August 15 at 5 PM to the General Public on August 17 at 5 PM
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 Kelsey McNamara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants who choose to camp have unlimited access to our REI sponsored Gear Bank which includes tents, sleeping pads, backpacks, and flashlights for a one-time fee of $5. Using your account ID #, Georgia Conservancy members (Live Oak level and above) will receive a $5 discount (which makes it free) for the Gear Bank Access.
The Jekyll Island Paddle & Camp is one of the Georgia Conservancy's Bucket List Trips. Our Bucket List Trips are once-in-a-lifetime journeys that include adventures in the Cohutta Wilderness, Okefenokee Wilderness, Blackbeard Island Wilderness, on Cabretta Beach on Sapelo Island, Cloudland Canyon, Jekyll Island and on the Conasauga River.
Learn more about the Georgia Conservancy's Stewardship Trips Program
If you have any questions about our Stewardship Trips Program or about any upcoming trip, please contact Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips Director Laura Buckmaster at email@example.com