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Island-Hopping Adventure on Three Barrier Islands: St. Simons, Sapelo, Jekyll

Program Number: 1384RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/28/2012 - 11/2/2012; 1/25/2015 - 1/30/2015; 2/8/2015 - 2/13/2015; 2/15/2015 - 2/20/2015; 2/22/2015 - 2/27/2015; 3/1/2015 - 3/6/2015; 3/8/2015 - 3/13/2015; 3/15/2015 - 3/20/2015; 3/22/2015 - 3/27/2015; 3/29/2015 - 4/3/2015; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015; 4/19/2015 - 4/24/2015; 4/26/2015 - 5/1/2015; 5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015; 5/17/2015 - 5/22/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/18/2015; 9/27/2015 - 10/2/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/23/2015; 10/25/2015 - 10/30/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Price starting at: $732.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Go “island hopping” to experience firsthand the rich history and ecology of three barrier islands, from Civil War-era forts and lighthouses to the lavish millionaire cottages. Lush homes, gorgeous sandy beaches, culinary delights and fascinating cultural and maritime histories combine for a magical adventure on St. Simons, Sapelo and Jekyll Islands.




Highlights

• Prepare for your field trip to Jekyll with lunch at the Jekyll Island Club hotel and learn how the island was made into a winter retreat for families including the Rockefellers and Pulitzers.
• Explore St. Simons battlegrounds, evocative churches, lighthouse and beaches and then board the Lady Jane shrimp vessel and identify the catch of the day from a drag net.
• After a ferry ride to Sapelo Island, join a local expert to learn the stories of the island.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to a half-mile, including beach and marsh walks; ferry ride to Sapelo.



Coordinated by Center for Educational Adventure.




St. Simons Island

Pristine waters and white sandy beaches make St. Simons Island a popular destination. Part of the Golden Isles, the landscape’s moss-draped oaks, shady lanes and creek-fed pockets of marsh create a thriving habitat for birds, turtles, armadillos and deer.



Accommodations
St. Simons Island resort hotel; full-service dining room, lounge and pool side tiki bar surrounded by three championship golf courses.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Georgia Graves

Georgia Graves has an exciting role coordinating teacher-training workshops on Georgia’s sea turtles, shorebirds, marine mammals and coastal ecology for the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, one of 26 such reserves in North America. Georgia leads nature and history programs on Sea Island, St. Simons, Sapelo, Jekyll and Cumberland islands, and works with Georgia’s sea turtle conservation project.
 
Tricia Buie

Tricia Buie makes history come alive through her work with Civil War reenactments and as a living history presenter throughout the Southeast, specializing in the lives of 19th-century women. She is a Coastal Georgia Historian for the Center for Educational Adventure, and is a volunteer docent for the Coastal Georgia Historic Lighthouse and Hofwyl Plantation. Tricia and her husband have personally researched and restored 6 historic homes, and they presently reside in a 108 year-old farmhouse.
 
Michele Johnson

Michele Nicole Johnson is an artist, librarian and writer on Sapelo Island, Georgia, where she manages the Hog Hammock Public Library. She also works as a public relations specialist at Georgia Sea Grant at the University of Georgia and as an information specialist at College of Coastal Georgia. Michele is the author of “Sapelo Island’s Hog Hammock” and “Kindred Spirits: Family Legends & Childhood Memories.”
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort
  St. Simons Island, GA 5 nights
 Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort
Type: Hotel
  Description: The hotel is centrally located on St. Simons Island and close to everything the Golden Isles have to offer: the finest beaches and golf courses, restaurants, historical sites, water sports and shopping. Your resort hotel has an outdoor pool, rooms that overlook the golf course or tidal marshlands, and all of this in the surrounds of giant live oak trees. Each guest room has a small refrigerator and sink. The deluxe rooms are some of the largest standard guest rooms in the Golden Isles. With breathtaking views from a screened porch or sunroom overlooking the marsh or golf course, the recently renovated rooms offer two double beds, a large bathroom with double sink vanity, a refrigerator, coffee maker and a wet bar.
  Contact info: 5445 Frederica Rd
St. Simons Island, GA 31522 USA
phone: 912-638-3351 xor18008416268
web: www.seapalms.com
  Room amenities: Coffee maker Complimentary Internet Access-Wireless Iron and Ironing Board Kitchenette in select rooms Dinner/Cookware Private Deck/Balcony in select rooms Refrigerator Rollaway Beds Workspace Non-Smoking Rooms Voicemail Wake-Up Calls
  Facility amenities: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort offers 27 holes of golf on three newly renovated courses. Enjoy spectacular views of the marsh while placing challenging shots over lagoons and beneath the majestic live oaks. Two pristine swimming pools, both with children’s wading areas, are located on the property. One is adjacent to the guest rooms and restaurant and the other is at the tennis and fitness center facility. Enjoy the tiki bar located beside the pool and the Putters Room and bar. For fitness enthusiasts, we are pleased to announce the opening of a new fitness facility as part of the existing tennis and fitness center. State of the art resistance and aerobic equipment will help keep you in shape while on vacation or attending a conference. Bicycles may be rented for full- and half-days at the Golf Pro shop. Biking is the perfect way to experience the beauty of St. Simons Island to its fullest. All guests of Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort may enjoy unlimited access to the St. Simons Beach Club, located right on the Atlantic Ocean and just a four mile drive from the resort.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for seasonal rate. Participants arriving early or staying late need to call the hotel and make arrangements. 912-638-3351 or 1-800-841-6268
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for seasonal rate. Participants arriving early or staying late need to call the hotel and make arrangements. 912-638-3351 or 1-800-841-6268
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel Check-in begins at 4:00 pm/5:00 PM Orientation, Conference Center of Sea Palms Resort You will be staying at Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort that night.
  End of Program:
10:30 - 11:00 AM, Conference Center of Sea Palms Resort You will be staying at Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at hotel for duration of program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Simons Island, GA
  Nearest city or town:  Brunswick, GA
  Nearest highway: I-95
  Nearest airport:  Glynn County Airport in Brunswick, GA.
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Simons Island, GA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Jacksonville, FL to St. Simons Island, GA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Advantage Limo - one of several
phone: 912-399-5833
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75.00 for one person, $10.00 for each additional person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 1/2 

 

Distance:

 

70 miles

   

Saint Simons Island is served by Jacksonville Intl Airport (Jacksonville, FL), Right now, 36 airlines operate out of Jacksonville Intl Airport with nonstop flights to 28 cities. Shuttle service from Jacksonville airport to program site on St. Simons arranged by reservation. Advantage Limo 912-399-5833; Island Transport 912-634-0113; MAX Transport 912-634-7749; Island Premier 912-266-7450.

 

Jacksonville, FL

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
A2B Transport
phone: 912-223-3271
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$90.00 for one person and $5.00 for each additional person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

77 miles

   

They require advanced reservations and accept all major credit cards. There is a $5.00 fee for credit card use.

 

Savannah, GA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
A2B Transport
phone: 912-223-3271
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$100 for one person and $5.00 for each additional person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 35 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

85 miles

   

Advanced reservations required. They accept all major credit cards. There is a $5.00 fee for credit card use.

 

Brunswick, GA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
A2B Transport
phone: 912-223-3271
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30.00 for one person and $5.00 for each additional person with a max up to $50.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles

   

Advanced reservations required. They accept all major credit cards. There is a $5.00 fee for credit card use.

 
Driving Directions
  From Atlanta, GA to Sea Palms Resort On St. Simons Island, GA DIRECTIONS TO SEA PALMS FROM ATLANTA, GA I-75 South to Macon - I-16 East to Savannah - 1-95 South to Georgia Exit #38 - Turn left off ramp onto Georgia Spur 25 - Spur 25 will merge with US Hwy 17 South after eight traffic signals - Follow US Hwy 17 South to third traffic signal and turn left onto the St. Simons Island (Torras) Causeway - Arriving on the island, bear left at the round-a-bout, onto Sea Island Road. - Proceed approximately 2.5 miles to the traffic signal and turn left, (Frederica Road) - Sea Palms Guest Registration building is 1.5 miles on the left - Clubhouse and Conference Center are across the street and through a neighborhood on Windward Drive (approximately 1/2 mile).
  From Jacksonville, FL to Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons Island, GA I-95 North to Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons Island, GA - Turn right off ramp to US Hwy 17 North - Proceed approximately ten miles to the St. Simons Island (Torras) Causeway - Turn right onto causeway - Arriving on the island, bear left at the round-a-bout, onto Sea Island Road. - Proceed approximately 2.5 miles to the traffic signal and turn left, (Frederica Road) - Sea Palms Guest Registration building is 1.5 miles on the left - Clubhouse and Conference Center are across the street and through a neighborhood on Windward Drive (approximately 1/2 mile).
Equipment Requirements: Binoculars are good for birding but are not required.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Hotel Check-In/RoadScholarRegistration/Orientation
(Sunday, October 28)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel check in is available at 4:00 pm at the Frederica Road Sea Palms Resort Registration and Check-in Center. After checking in at the registration center, come to the designated meeting room at the conference center located across the street (map will be given to you at check-in) to register with your Program Coordinator and pick up your arrival packet. Your coordinator will greet you at the conference center at 5:00 pm with your packet of information and name badge. Orientation will begin at 5:00 pm followed by dinner at 6:30 pm. We will review the schedule and any updates and answer any questions you may have. Daily program changes may occur due to tide changes that dictate our marsh and beach walk. All activities described in your program will take place but the daily itinerary may have to be altered. We appreciate your understanding.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Choose to visit with Road Scholar participants and your coordinator or retire to your room after dinner. We will start the morning with breakfast in the Putter's Club.
   
Accommodations: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Barrier Island Dynamics/Shells and Invertebrates/St. Simon's Field Trip/Life In Georgia's Wetlands
(Monday, October 29)
   
 Breakfast: A full service breakfast buffet will be served at the hotel.
 Morning: BARRIER ISLAND DYNAMICS AND SHELLS AND INVERTEBRATES The instructor for "Barrier Islands of Georgia" is a well known naturalist in the St. Simons area and is always a favorite at our Road Scholar programs. She will be talking about the dynamics of the barrier islands and the ecology. The purpose of this course is to learn about the diversity of upland and wetland habitats on the barrier islands of southeastern Georgia. Islands are unique ecological and evolutionary laboratories containing plants and animals that are especially adapted for the harsh physical conditions on islands. Also, each barrier island is different, biotically, because of historical accidents of colonization and extinction. Among the habitats we will explore are beaches, beach ridges, aeolian dunes, interdune swales, coastal scrub, slash pine maritime forest, sand pine forest, harwood maritime hammocks, and barrier island freshwater marshes, lakes, and ponds.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at the hotel before leaving for the St. Simons Field Trip.
 Afternoon: ST. SIMONS FIELD TRIP: Christ Church will be one of your stops as you explore St. Simon's Island. This lovely church has captivated visitors for years with its distinctive architectural design and majestic live oak surroundings. This modern day spectacle, like a vintage photograph, offers the Road Scholar viewer a peek into another time period. Ultimately, the widespread appeal of the site today may be linked to the 1880s generosity of Anson Dodge Jr., a man popularized by Eugenia Price in her book The Beloved Invader. A stopover at Fort Frederica will allow time to walk among the ancient live oaks while going back in time to review the history with a guide. Fort Frederica was established in 1736 by James Oglethorpe to protect the southern boundary of his new colony of Georgia from the Spanish in Florida. Colonists from England, Scotland, and the Germanic states came to Georgia to support this endeavor. Other stops on St. Simon's will include the lighthouse, tiny seaside village, avenue of oaks, and more.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: A lecture will be presented on "Life in Georgia's Wetlands".
   
Accommodations: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Jekyll Island Field Trip/Lunch At Renown Jekyll Island Club Hotel/Turtles of the Sea
(Tuesday, October 30)
   
 Breakfast: A full service breakfast buffet will be served at the hotel.
 Morning: HISTORY OF JEKYLL:The history of Jekyll Island will be presented at the Jekyll Island Museum by an historian followed by a short film about the Millionaire's Village. Afterwards you will board a tram for a look at the "millionaire's village" with entrance into some of the "cottages". Throughout its history, Jekyll Island is a place where people have imagined an alternative. People have come here to be different, and they still do. From Native Americans, to English colonists, to French privateers, to the members of the Jekyll Island Club - people have imagined Jekyll Island as a place where dreams can be built. The Island's present day prominence as a beloved vacation destination was prefaced by an era of unrivaled status and prestige. Beginning in 1886 and continuing for over four gilded decades, the Island was the exclusive domain of the renowned Jekyll Island Club - the winter retreat for some of America's most elite families. Today, the Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark District is a 240-acre, riverfront compound and one of the largest, ongoing restoration projects in the southeastern United States.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at the renown Jekyll Island Club Hotel.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Enjoy some free time after lunch to explore the shops, Georgia Sea Turtle Center, or just relax in the rockers on the porch of the hotel overlooking the intracoastal waterway. After your own exploration, you?ll board the motor coach and continue your look at the island before returning to St. Simons Island.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Lecture on "Turtles of the Sea". Sea turtles are some of the largest turtles in the world and live in almost every ocean of the world. Their smooth shells and paddle-like flippers help them speed through the water as fast as 15 miles (24 km) per hour. These long-distance travelers have been known to swim up to 3,000 miles (4,828 km). Although sea turtles cannot withdraw their heads into their shells, the adults are protected from predators by their shells, large size, and thick scaly skin on their heads and necks. Your instructor will share with you the efforts being made to save the turtles, the turtle excluder devices used by the shrimping industry and more.
   
Accommodations: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Marsh And Beach Walk/Lunch In Seaside Village/Free Afternoon/Sapelo Island History
(Wednesday, October 31)
   
 Breakfast: A full service breakfast buffet will be served at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: This morning your naturalist will lead you on an exciting beach and marsh walk. You will come away with new information about the marshes and beaches that will amaze you and probably surprise you at the same time. Wear tennis shoes and don't worry about the marsh walk getting your shoes wet and muddy. When the tide recedes the sand in the marshes is actually very hard and easy to walk on. Anyway, you will be on the edge of the salt marsh because, of course, we don't want to disturb the environment. The beach walk is beautiful at anytime of the year. You never knew so much life existed on the beaches and some of the things you thought were not life at all will turn out to be the home of some critter. It is a fun and exciting morning with one of the top instructors as your guide.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at a local popular restaurant.
 Afternoon: Your coordinator will be glad to tell you about places to go and see in the area that are not a part of your program. For people needing transportation to the village or other areas of St. Simons, a trolley is available at a cost of $10 per person. It will pick you up and return you to the hotel at a designated time. Participants are responsible for the $10 transportation fee. Our coordinator will be happy to make the arrangements for the trolley for anyone interested.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: SAPELO ISLAND HISTORY: This is an abbreviated history of Sapelo Island in preparation for your next days field trip. A local historian will come and present an informative overview of the island. You will have a wonderful day on Sapelo Island where few tourists even know to go. You will be one of the lucky ones to say, "I have been to Sapelo Island".
   
Accommodations: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Sapelo Island Day Trip/Lunch on Sapelo/Wine and Cheese Social
(Thursday, November 1)
   
 Breakfast: A full service breakfast buffet will be at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Your bus will leave early for the Sapelo Island day trip. Travel by ferry from Darien to Sapelo Island...about a 30 - 40 minute cruise. On Sapelo, a bus will pick you up and a guide will be with you throughout the day. You will be able to compare and contrast three islands...all different on your learning adventure. Indian occupation of Georgia's coast dates back at least 3,400 years. When Europeans arrived here in the 1520's, Sapelo Island was the province of Guale nation. Sapelo witnessed the territorial struggles between the Spanish, French and British and was eventually bought from half Indian princess Mary Musgrove by the British crown. It passed through the hands of several large land owners, including a group of French nobles fleeing the egalitarian revolutionary activities at home. In 1800, Thomas Spalding began purchasing portions of the island and eventually bought most of it. During the half century of Spalding's guidance, Sapelo was a thriving plantation, the scene of many agricultural experiments. During the second half of the 19th Century, devastation of the South had a serious impact on the island's activity and the plantation. Abandoned, the plantation grew up in weeds. In 1912, Howard Coffin, Hudson Motors executive, bought the island and reclaimed the land and waters surrounding it, farming and fishing shrimp and oysters. Coffin sold Sapelo in 1934 to tobacco heir Richard Jay Reynolds, Jr. Seeing potential for scientific research, Reynolds created the Sapelo Island Research Foundation, Inc. in 1950. He then helped the University of Georgia set up laboratory facilities, a building formerly used as dairy barns. This was the beginning of the present University of Georgia Marine Institute. This is truly "an island in time".
 Lunch: Lunch will be on Sapelo Island.
 Afternoon: Conclude the Sapelo field trip in the afternoon. Ferry leaves at 2:30 pm for the mainland.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: We will have a wine and cheese farewell before dinner. The evening will be yours to socialize and say good bye to your newfound friends.
   
Accommodations: Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Colonial Dress/ Program Conclusion
(Friday, November 2)
   
 Breakfast: A full service breakfast buffet will be at the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture and wrap up. Program departure time is between 10:30 - 11:00 AM. Enjoy a lively lecture about colonial dress. Men and women will connect to this program as the instructor dresses a participant in the appropriate atire for the historical era. It is a great way to end a week that you can't wait to tell friends about.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  St. Simons Island, GA Monkeywrench Bicycles
Bicycle rentals. For additional information, visit www.monkeywrenchbicycles.com
  Redfern Village
Delightful shops, tree lined walks, and beguiling boutiques... it must be Redfern Village. Experience a day and evening in our picturesque setting for a one-of-a-kind shopping and dining experience. Browse in our unique specialty stores, pamper yourself in one of our fine salons and day spas, and indulge your palate with one of many diverse dining choices. For additional information, visit www.saintsimons.com/redfernvillage/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Dr. Bullie's Notes


Author: James Holmes


Drums and Shadows: Survival Studies among the Georgia Coastal Negroes


Author: Georgia Writers' Project


Freedom's Shore: Tunis Campbell and the Georgia Freedmen


Author: Russell Duncan


Georgia Trilogy


Author: Eugenia Price


God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man


Author: Cornelia Walker Bailey


Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839


Author: Frances Anne Kemble


Lamb in His Bosom


Author: Caroline Miller


Major Butler's Legacy


Author: Malcolm Bell


Rice Gold: James Hamilton Couper and Plantation Life on the Georgia Coast


Author: James E. Bagwell


Sapelo's People: A Long Walk into Freedom


Author: William S. McFeely


Sapelo: A History


Author: Buddy Sullivan


Sarah Morgan: The Civil War Diary Of A Southern Woman


Author: Charles East


St. Simons Trilogy


Author: Eugenia Price


Ten Years on a Georgia Plantation Since the War


Author: Frances Butler Leigh


The John Couper Family at Cannon's Point


Author: T. Reed Ferguson


The story of the Page-King Family of Retreat Plantation, St. Simons Island and of the Golden Isles of Georgia


Author: Florence Marye




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