September 15 - 17

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 15-17. 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 Matthew 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 DairySweetwater Brewing Company, American Spirit Whiskey and Cafe Campesino Coffee

Recommended Experience Levels: Novice
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*Registration opens to Georgia Conservancy members on May 15 to the General Public on May 17

Ossabaw Island Service Weekend

Trip Price (per person): Weekend Camping - $200; Club House Dorm - $300;  Club House Family Room - $600; VIP Boarding House - $800 (sleeps 2)

Includes: Breakfast (Sat, Sun), Lunch (Sat), Dinner (Fri, Sat)

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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 Laura Buckmaster at lbuckmaster@gaconservancy.org