february 8-10 (Rescheduled 2018 trip)
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 February 8-10. 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, Hurricane Irma service work, etc. Guests can choose from 3 different lodging options including camping, clubhouse bunkbeds, or the VIP Boarding House. Guests will enjoy a weekend that includes ferry transportation, lodging, meals, an ossabaw island tour, and much more.
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 Ossabaw Island: Sweet Grass Dairy, Sweetwater Brewing Company, American Spirit Whiskey, Montane Sparkling Spring Water and Cafe Campesino Coffee
Trip Price: Weekend Camping - $200; Clubhouse - $300; Clubhouse Family Room - $600 (per room - sleeps 4); VIP Boardinghouse - $800 (per room - sleeps 2)
Recommended Experience Levels: Novice
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*DETAILS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
REGISTER BELOW *
*Early registration opportunity will be offered to those who originally registered to our 2018 Ossabaw Island Service Weekend, which was postponed to this date due to the threat of Hurricane Michael. Registration opens to the Georgia Conservancy members on December 17 at 5 PM and to the General Public on December 19 at 5 PM
Did you know? Georgia Conservancy members have the opportunity to register early for select Stewardship Trips, as well as receive a discount on a number of our adventures during the year. Become a Georgia Conservancy member today, or renew your membership to register on December 17! Already a member? Use your email provided promo code for early registration and to receive a discount (Live Oak Level and above) when registering for this trip.
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 membership level promo code, Georgia Conservancy members (Live Oak level and above) will receive a $5 discount (which makes it free) for the Gear Bank Access.
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.
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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