Island Hopping, Sea Turtle Science & More With Your Grandchild

Haul in great adventure as you and your grandchild sail on a shrimp boat, climb a storied lighthouse, meet injured sea turtles and search for nesting turtles on a night beach walk!
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Program No. 2534RJ
6 days
Starts at
1,599 / ADULT
999 / CHILD

At a Glance

Spend an exciting week with your grandchild on sunny South Georgia beaches, hopping around to Jekyll, Saint Simons and Sapelo — three different and unique islands. Set out on an adventure together under the stars as you search the beach for a Loggerhead Sea Turtle laying her eggs. Drag a seine net through the surf as we explore the creatures that thrive in the shallows of the Atlantic. Dig through the rocky ruins of an old military fort, and shout your way into the Gullah culture through their songs and heritage. On this island adventure with your grandchild, swimming, shrimping and learning all about sea turtles and the ecology around them will keep you busy during this memorable week together.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 2 miles daily, including beach and marsh walks; ferry ride to Sapelo. School bus or park van for field trips on Sapelo. Turtle walk at night over uneven terrain and sandy beach soil.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • With scientists, meet sea turtles up close at a turtle hospital and on a night beach walk to look for nesting turtles.
  • Hop aboard Lady Jane, a retired US Coast Guard ship, to trawl (or fish with a net) for shrimp and other ocean critters.
  • Ferry to secluded Sapelo Island, to see how the Gullah people preserve an African heritage from before the Civil War!

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-12. You also may enjoy program 23552: Island Hopping, Sea Turtle Science & More With Your Family.
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Ann Marie Wilson
A resident of St. Simons Island, Georgia, Ann Marie Wilson has been leading Road Scholar groups for the last 10 years. Acquiring degrees in biology, forestry and secondary education while attending Clemson and Coastal Carolina Universities gave Ann Marie the perfect background for her birding and naturalist excursions. She owns and operates Driftwood Education Center, a residential science and environmental education center for youth from all over the Southeast.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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