Tybee Island Marine Science Center
. . . an authentic coastal experience.
Year-round programs for island visitors, scouts, and school groups on the beach, in the marsh, on the water, in the classroom, and the Coastal Gallery.
The Tybee Island Marine Science Center’s mission is to shape a responsible stewardship of Coastal Georgia’s natural resources through marine science-based education, conservation, and research.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Located off the 14th Street parking lot, next to the pier.
Visit our Discovery Shop at the science center for toys, plush animals, tee-shirts, DVDs, experiments, Tervis Tumblers–and we have the largest book selection on the island.
Walks, Talks & Treks are each an hour long and cost $10 per person ($9 for members; kids four and under are free).
Reservations can be made up to one week in advance, either in person or on the phone. The science center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1509 Strand Avenue. Phone reservations are available from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (912) 786-5917.
Beach Walks: Guided walks on the beach to learn about coastal Georgia’s tides, dunes, and the wildlife that live in and around the ocean. South beach walks meet at the science center. North beach walks meet at the north end of the island, near the lighthouse.
Turtle Talks: Join us for an intro into the lives of Georgia’s nesting sea turtles. Learn about their nesting habitat and Tybee’s conservation efforts.
Marsh Treks: Guided trek through Georgia’s salt marsh. Explore in the mud, find creatures, and learn why the estuary is the ocean’s nursery. Marsh Treks meet off-site, at the Spanish Hammock. For safety reasons closed-heel, closed-toe shoes are required. Directions are provided at sign-up.
Shark Jaws: Bulls, nurses, and tigers all have something in common. We’ll jaw about the most misunderstood beasts in the ocean.
Jelly Jives: Jellies don’t have a heart, but that’s not why they sting. Understand the role they play in the health of our ocean.
Whale Tales: Georgia’s coast is the calving ground for a 70-ton toothless whale. Hear these giants’ tale and of local efforts to protect them.
Due to limited capacities, we ask for payment at the time of registration. Refunds can only be provided in the case of program cancellation due to inclement weather.
Larger group, school, and scout badge programs are available year round and are booked by request. Please call Cody at (912) 786-5917 for more information or to book any type of program.
For more information please call (912) 786-5917.
Sea Camp 2015 – Coastal Kids Ocean Adventure
The science center offers nine one-week sessions beginning June 1, 2015 and ending July 31, 2015. Sea Camp is for kids ages six to eleven and takes place in our classroom, the Coastal Georgia Gallery, and on the beach. Each day has a theme: Blue Planet, Invertebrates, Sharks and Fish, Endangered Species, and Stewardship.
Each session is Monday through Friday and consists of 10 modules (one morning and one afternoon module per day). Campers may attend all five days, or any combination of morning and afternoon modules that works for you. Kids don’t have to attend a morning session to enjoy the afternoon. We’ve created an a-la-carte system so that parents can tailor their camper’s experience to fit their schedules. It’s a great way for grown-ups to have quiet time on the beach while the kiddos learn about Georgia’s exciting coast.
Morning modules are from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and afternoon modules are from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. We do offer after-care from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., as needed. Campers staying all day can bring a packed lunch and have lunch with their educators. Each module is $25, so the entire week is a flat $250 fee. Camp fees are not taxed and are discounted for science center members.
For more information on Sea Camp, including each day’s marine science theme, please email Cody@TybeeMarineScience.org or call (912) 786-5917.
Tybee Sea Turtle Project
Tybee Island beaches are important nesting areas for endangered sea turtles. They return each year to nest from May 1 to October 31. Please help protect these magnificent creatures by remembering a few simple things:
- It is against the law to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings, or their nests. Sea turtles are protected by the Endangered Species Act.
- Avoid using flashlights or flash photography while on the beach at night.
- Turn off outside patio lights and shield indoor lights from shining directly onto the beach at 9 pm during the nesting season. Lights disturb nesting turtles and hatchlings.
- Dispose of garbage and recyclables properly. Pollution can severely harm marine life.
If you see any sea turtle activity, please call the Tybee Island Marine Science Center at (912) 786-5917 or (912) 695-6922