2017 Save the Date - OCTOBER 13 - 15

Sapelo Island Service Weekend
Sapelo Island, Ga


Join the Georgia Conservancy for a weekend on Sapelo Island that combines natural beauty, outdoor recreation, African-American cultural heritage and service work.

During the weekend of October 14-16, we will host our annual Sapelo Island Service Weekend with our partners at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, University of Georgia Marine Science Institute, and Sapelo Island Cultural and Revitalization Society. Friday and Saturday will include opportunities to explore and enjoy Sapelo’s natural and cultural heritage, including the world famous Sapelo Island Annual Culture Day Festival (an extra $25 fee, paid at the event).

The Historic Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island is a luxurious island retreat. Home to 13 bedrooms, a bowling alley, billiards room, library and greenhouse, the Mansion is the perfect headquarters from which to explore the island. 

Service work will include trail maintenance, historic restoration and helping the Geechee community in Hog Hammock breakdown from their annual cultural festival, which brings over 1,000 people to the island each year. Expect to do service work between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday morning. Bank of America will host a “Sapelo Island Beach Sweep” on Saturday morning. *No morning ferry is offered. All guests must depart on Sapelo on the afternoon ferry.

Don’t worry, the Sapelo Island Service Weekend isn’t all hard work and toil. Guests will also enjoy a historic tours of the island, exploration of Sapelo’s pristine beaches and the facilities at the Reynolds Mansion. On Friday night, we will host guest speaker Cornelia Bailey from Sapelo Island's Geechee community, Hog Hummock. Cornelia will share her story about Sapelo Island.

This discounted trip is made possible through generous funding from Recreation Equipment Incorporated (REI) and Bank of America.

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 Sapelo Island, ALL meals, transportation to and from Atlanta, Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese hors d'oeuvres and Café Campesino Coffee.

The Historic Reynolds Mansion - $275 per person (double occupancy), $550 double/couple (single occupancy) or $800 for a family of four.

The Reynolds Mansion includes single and double occupancy bedrooms and bathrooms, pillows, linens, sheets, shared living quarters and shared full kitchen with a refrigerators, stove and kitchen table.

UGA Marine Science Dorms - $175 per person (double occupancy), $350 double/couple (single occupancy).

UGA dorms include double occupancy bedrooms and bathrooms, pillows, linens, sheets, a shared screened-in porch, and shared full kitchen with a refrigerator, stove and kitchen table. 

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 atorres@gaconservancy.org


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The Sapelo 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

Thinking of joining us for a trip? Please read our "Know Before You Go" page for more details.