MAREX in Savannah, GA
The mission of the Marine Education Center and Aquarium is to develop the public's understanding and appreciation of the numerous coastal marine environments in the state of Georgia and to foster respect for the beauty and complexity of these environments.
MAREX has continued to invest in renovations, upgrades and new installations to provide the best possible learning environment.
The Marine Education Center and Aquarium offers unparalleled facilities on the Georgia coast and is fully equipped to provide engaging, experiential learning in the natural coastal environment. Located on Skidaway Island, just southeast of Savannah, Georgia, student groups learn in the field, on the water, and in well-equipped science labs and multipurpose classrooms.
Education facilities include:
- public teaching aquarium
- touch tanks
- science labs
- art lab
- computer lab
- Onsite Interpretive Areas:
Boats and Docks:
- R/V Sea Dawg (43 ft. trawler)
- Carolina Skiffs (24 ft. open deck outboards)
- deepwater sampling docks
- enclosed porch
- recreation fields
- picnic area
Additional Field Sites: The Center provides student access to a variety of wilderness field sites that include unique coastal habitats adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean and estuaries. Sandy beaches and dunes, tidal rivers and salt creeks, salt marshes and hammocks, as well as maritime and upland forests are typical field destinations.
Community partnerships and a fleet of research vessels provide opportunities for study in remote areas of Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge, Savannah Coastal Refuges and Ossabaw Island Natural Heritage Preserve. Barrier island study sites include Wassaw, Ossabaw, Tybee, Skidaway and Cabbage islands.
The Marine Education Center and Aquarium main building on Skidaway Island in Savannah, GA.
A seminar taking place in one of the Marine Education Center and Aquarium labs.
The R/V Sea Dawg and 2 Carolina Skiffs at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium dock.
An onsite dormitory available for use by overnight groups participating in marine science programs. The dorm has two floors of rooms (front and back) with doors that open to the outside and is adjacent to the UGA cafeteria.
Ten "suites" sleep up to 8 individuals each. Each suite includes two adjoining identical rooms with 4 beds each (double bunks) and a shared restroom equipped with a single shower, toilet, and sink. Bed and bath linens not supplied. Two handicap accessible rooms, each with two single beds and private bath are also available.
A full service cafeteria serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to residential groups. Meals are available for a minimum of 15 people per meal and can accommodate up to 120 individuals over 2-3 seatings. The cafeteria also provides make-your-own bag lunches for groups headed out for a full day in the field.
The Skidaway Interpretive Cabin is open during UGA Aquarium hours providing information on the human history of Skidaway Island.