Minimal walking on group activities; various terrain including sand and paved sidewalks. Driving approximately 25 miles throughout the day; about an hour and a half.
At the hotel.
Leaving from the hotel, we’ll travel by motorcoach to Fort Frederica and St. Simons Island. At Fort Frederica, Park staff will instruct participants in the history of the 18th century fort and town of Frederica, and in the methods used to examine the historical archeology. After in-class instruction, our group will participate in an archeological dig at Ft. Frederica. Students will identify and classify their findings in a lab on-site. We’ll learn about its history as we explore the fortress’s barracks, walls, moat, and surrounding houses. We’ll also see a film on site to gain a deepened perspective on the colonial and Civil War eras of Georgia.
Lunch will be at a local popular restaurant in the village. Kids menu and adult choices from a pre-selected menu which includes tea, water and lemonade; other beverages available for purchase.
Next, we’ll transfer to the dock where we will board the Lady Jane, a 49 passenger steel ship that was retired from the United States Coast Guard and is now a shrimping boat. We’ll ride in comfort and look on as the crew demonstrates how to trawl the waters for a catch. If you like you can help our fishermen friends by helping to sort out the shrimp from the other types of fish that could be in the net. Species may include bluecrab, sand shark, puffer fish, horseshoe crab, blacktip, bonnethead, amberjack, whiting, spot, crocker, or others. While aboard, our captain and his mates will provide educational commentary. We’ll then return to the dock and transfer back to the hotel.
This meal has been excluded from your program so that you may take advantage of the restaurants on Jekyll. Our group leader will assist you in planning. Our late night "turtle walk" will not start until after dark, around 9 pm. You'll have plenty of time for dinner on the island. You may also eat at your hotel for dinner.
After transferring to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center via motorcoach, we’ll settle in for a presentation given by a staff member from the Sea Turtle Center. We’ll then set out on the beach with a local expert and Center staff to search for nesting sea turtles. Taking into account the safety and laws regarding these creatures, flashlights, camera flashes and other lights are not allowed; our leader will have a particular flashlight in accordance with the Jekyll Island Lighting Ordinance. This is a late night event and can go past midnight. We’ll then return to the hotel.