2017 Save the Date - 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


Trip Price: TBD

Recommended Experience Levels: Novice

Trip Snapshot Details: 

Stewardship Trips FAQs: Click here to learn more and for a downloadable .pdf

*DETAILS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


REGISTER BELOW *

*Registration opens to Georgia Conservancy members on August 15 to the General Public on August 17

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 atorres@gaconservancy.orgAre you adding on a membership with this trip purchase? Use (GCMember) promo code to receive a $5 discount. Adding on a Cambium membership? Use (GCCambium) promo code to receive $10 off your purchase.

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.



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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. 

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 Ben Fowler at bfowler@gaconservancy.org or Stewardship Trips Coordinator Laura Buckmaster at lbuckmaster@gaconservancy.org