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Public Programs

The Marine Education Center and Aquarium provides public programs for visitors and families to learn more about the Georgia coast with the whole family.

For a complete calendar of events at all locations, visit the UGA MAREX EVENTS CALENDAR.

Public programs offered by the UGA Aquarium are a fun way for individuals and families to get involved in marine science while enjoying a day at the aquarium or even in on the water!

Programs range in cost and age-appropriate formats, but all require a reservation.  All programs must be reserved by phone or in person and will be confirmed by email when the program deposit is received (if deposit is required).

For more information about program opportunities, email our Scheduling Coordinator at mared@uga.edu.

Find a list of Upcoming Public Programs below the slideshow.

Students sort marine debris on Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge

Students sort marine debris on Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge

The R/V Sea Dawg (trawling vessel) and Carolina Skiffs

The R/V Sea Dawg (trawling vessel) and Carolina Skiffs

Descending a tall dune on Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge

Descending a tall dune on Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge

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Students sort marine debris on Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge
The R/V Sea Dawg (trawling vessel) and Carolina Skiffs
Descending a tall dune on Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge
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Environmental Stewards (2 day camp for ages 10-12 during Spring Break)

Dates: March 11 & 12, 2014
Times: 9 am - 4 pm
Fee: FREE (Program supported by the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration’s Marine Debris Program)

Are you looking for fun, educational experiences for your spring breaker?  UGA Marine Extension is hosting a 2-day camp program, “Environmental Stewards” for 10-12 year olds on Tuesday March 11th & Wednesday March 12th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Hands-on activities will include animal dock studies, live invertebrate observations, treks into the salt marsh, and marine debris investigations. A marine debris stewardship activity on Wassaw Island will be the highlight of the program!
Registration prior to the program is required. Participants may register by emailing completed registration forms to Stephanie Edgecombe at mared@uga.edu. Participants will only be registered upon receipt of completed registration form. Space is limited and will fill on a first come, first served basis.

Reservations required by Mar. 4, 2014

Download required forms.

Estuary Trawls

Upcoming dates: N/A
Time: 9 am - 12 noon
Fee: $40/person (cash or check)

Come aboard the R/V Sea Dawg for a cruise and trawl to Wassaw Sound to collect a variety of bottom-dwelling organisms living in the coastal waters of Georgia. Learn about the natural history of organisms in the estuary as you work closely with staff in sorting through and identifying the catch! Ages 10 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Reservations & payment required one week prior to event date. Cancellations must be received within one week of the program date to receive a refund.

Island Exploration

Upcoming date: N/A
Fee: $40/person 
(cash or check)

Bring your sack lunch and explore one of the most pristine barrier islands along the eastern seaboard. Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge includes seven miles of unspoiled beach with rolling dunes, live oak and slash pine woodlands, and vast salt marshes. A must for bird watchers and naturalists!

Reservations & payment required one week prior to event date. Cancellations must be received within one week of the program date to receive a refund.

Dolphin Observations

Upcoming date: N/A
Fee: $20/person (cash or check)

Learn about the basic biology and characteristics of the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin while aboard a cruise on the R/V Sea Dawg to look for individual dolphins and observe their behaviors. Ages 10 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Reservations & payment required one week prior to the event. Cancellations must be received within one week of the program date to receive a refund.

Marine Debris Surveys

Upcoming date: May 10, 2014
Time: 9 am - 3 pm
Fee: FREE (supported by NOAA)

Coastal Stewards: Do you appreciate the beautiful barrier islands, tidal creeks and salt marshes along Georgia’s coast?  Then come make a difference and help us protect and preserve these unique, local habitats from the impacts of marine debris. During this hands-on stewardship program, you will travel to Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge and hike a section of pristine, sandy beach while collecting, identifying and tally items that have washed ashore or have been left behind. You will be amazed at what you find! Come discover and learn about the ever growing issue of marine debris while enjoying the natural surroundings and learn about one of Georgia's beautiful barrier islands. Join us in taking an active role in maintaining the beauty of where we live. Ages 10 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum enrollment for this program is no less than 10 participants.

Prior Registration required one week prior to the event. Ages 10 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Shorebirding by Water

Upcoming date: Mar. 1, 2014
Time: 9 am - 12 noon
Fee: $20/person 
(cash or check)

Take a coastal tour via Carolina Skiff in search of shorebirds moving from south to north during their spring migration. Captains Mary Sweeney-Reeves and Dodie Sanders will take you to Cabbage Island and other nearby mudflats to observe shorebirds and other wildlife.
Ages 10 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Reservations & payment required one week prior to the event. Cancellations must be received within one week of the program date to receive a refund.

Catch of the Day

Upcoming date: June 7, 2014
Time: 9 am - 12 noon
Fee: $20/person (cash or check)

The catch of the day is blue crabs! How does the blue crab protect itself? What does it eat? How do blue crabs differ from other coastal Georgia crabs? Join us for a morning of hands-on learning activities as you take a closer look at several species of live crabs, try your luck at crabbing on the dock and more importantly, learn how to pick a cooked crab so you are sure not to waste the meat of this favored delicacy!
Ages 10 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Reservations & payment required one week prior to the event. Cancellations must be received within one week of the program date to receive a refund. Program minimum = 6 participants.

Contacts

Stephanie Edgecombe

Event and Scheduling Coordinator, Marine Education Center and Aquarium
Email: mared@uga.edu
Phone: 912-598-2335