Photography Workshop

December 9 - 11, 2016

Come join local photographer Ben Galland for this two day workshop and capture the beauty of Little St. Simons Island's landscapes and wildlife through photography.

The workshop is limited to eight participants who will have the opportunity to join Ben on excursions around the island to photograph exquisite shots like these shown here that Ben took on a recent visit.  Participants of all skill levels will receive guidance and instruction while photographing the spectacular island views including the marsh, maritime forest, beach, birds and wildlife.  In addition, there will be photography discussions and processing tutorials.

Participants may also take part in any of our daily naturalist-led activities such as hiking, kayaking, fishing, birding and truck based tours.





 Tentative Itinerary


  • Meet and Greet
  • Discuss weekend and review itinerary


  • Pre-Breakfast excursion
  • Morning excursion
  • Afternoon excursion and/or optional processing tutorial
  • Post-dinner discussion with show-n-tell and/or night photography


  • Pre-Breakfast excursion
  • Morning Excursion
  • Optional afternoon processing tutorial


Two-night package:  $1350

Arrive on Friday, December 9th and depart on Sunday, December 11th

All packages are priced per couple, double-occupancy.  All meals (including beer & wine), naturalist-led activities, use of the island's equipment (kayaks, fishing tackle, bicycles, etc.) and boat transportation to/from the island are included.  Taxes and 18% service charge are applied to all packages.  Rates for Tom House and Michael Cottage are higher.


Little St. Simons Island Beach Sunrise

Featuring Ben Galland

Professional Photographer


Ben Galland

A native of St. Simons Island, Benjamin Galland grew up photographing the pristine and unparalleled beauty of the Golden Isles. After graduating from Berry College with a degree in visual arts, Galland moved back home to the Isles and co-founded h2o creative group, an advertising and marketing firm in Brunswick, Georgia. As the agency’s in-house photographer, Galland has spent the past 12 years honing his skills in a variety of techniques and genres. He has also had three books published by the University of Georgia Press: Island Times: An Illustrated History of St. Simons Island, GA (2013), Island Passages: An Illustrated History of Jekyll Island, GA (2016) and Sapelo: People and Place on a Georgia Sea Island (Spring 2017). Galland is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys kayaking, fly-fishing, biking and exploring. He loves spending time with his wife, 7-year-old son, and newborn daughter.

Marine Debris Cleanup ONLY THREE ROOMS LEFT!

Third night free: Arrive 12/11/16 or 1/16/17

Little St. Simons Island’s many treasures include our seven-mile stretch of undeveloped beach and thousands of acres of marsh More than just a beautiful landscape, these are prime habitats for a variety of species of wildlife. Although mostly pristine, it is not uncommon to find manmade debris on our island.

Because of the connectedness of the seas, marine debris is a widespread issue facing the world’s oceans and coastal ecosystems.  Last year alone, we removed over two thousand pounds of debris from our beaches and marshes. In cooperation with the Ocean Conservancy and Rivers Alive of Georgia, we have not only been cleaning up our beach, but documenting every piece of marine debris that we remove. This information is submitted to a database of debris collected from beaches around the world. By documenting the debris we collect, we are contributing to a debris profile of our oceans.  In addition to removing potential hazards to wildlife, this data helps us create more effective solutions.

Continuing with this effort, we would like to invite you to participate in a comprehensive sweep of our beaches. With your help, we can cover a greater distance making a more significant impact on the beach.  To show our gratitude for your participation, we’re offering a third night free.  Arrive 12/11/16 or 1/16/17 and participate in the cleanup on the second day of your stay.

Marine debris has been documented affecting at least 267 species worldwide. This includes 86% of all sea turtle species, 44% of all seabird species, and 43% of all marine mammal species.

Entanglement and ingestion of plastic are two of the main dangers that debris poses to wildlife, and unfortunately we have seen examples of both pretty close to home. A couple years ago, a pygmy sperm whale stranded on Jekyll Island, and the necropsy revealed two large pieces of black plastic sheeting in its gut. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center has also admitted several patients suffering wounds from entanglement, and found small pieces of plastic and strands of monofilament in the digestive tracts of their patients. 

Now is a critical time for debris removal. Beginning in the spring, our beach becomes feeding and nesting grounds for several species of birds including red knots, Wilson’s plovers, and American oystercatchers. We’ll also see female sea turtles feeding in the coastal waters and nesting on our beaches. In order to minimize disturbance of wildlife, marine debris cleanup is best preformed during the winter.

We would like anyone interested in learning more about marine debris issues and solutions to take advantage of this special event.  In addition to everything you expect from a stay on Little St. Simons Island, there will be an evening “Trash Talk” presentation, discussions, and a chance to make a difference for wildlife. On the second day of your stay, we will spend a few hours on the beach surveying and removing debris.  While the workload will be light, it will have a great impact.


As a special thank you for your hard work, participants will receive their third night free. The island is limited to 32 overnight guests, so call today to reserve your room, or click on the "Book Now" button at the top of this page. 912.638.7472.


Availability Update

There are still a few rooming options left for the December dates, but only Michael Cottage and Tom House remain for the January dates. Both are private cottages and have higher rates than other rooms, yet they are still eligible for the free third night.

2017 Spring Birding Days with Scott Weidensaul

SOLD OUT! April 23 - 30, 2017

     Join naturalist and author Scott Weidensaul for a celebration of the spring migration! In addition to our regular activities, we'll be highlighting the abundance of species that flock to Little St. Simons Island during this special time. Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on nature, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist "Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migrating Birds." He is an active field researcher, studying the migration of hawks, hummingbirds and owls.

         In field trips and evening lectures, you'll explore the dynamics and mechanics of bird migration firsthand, learning how the birds that fill the beaches and forests here are able to travel the globe and find their way. You'll learn about the conservation challenges facing migrants, and how changes in our every day lives (including the kind of coffee we serve on Little St. Simons Island) can make a big difference for migratory birds.  This is an amazing opportunity to work on your bird identification skills with Weidensaul and the island's staff of naturalist guides at your side.

     All packages are priced per couple, double-occupancy.  All meals (including beer & wine), naturalist-led activities, use of the island's equipment (kayaks, fishing tackle, bicycles, etc.) and boat transportation to/from the island are included.  Taxes and 18% service charge are applied to all packages.  Rates for Tom House and Michael Cottage are higher.

Seven-night package:  $4,475

Arrive on the afternoon of Sunday, April 23rd and depart on the morning of Sunday, April 30th

Four-night package:  $2,500

Arrive on the afternoon of Sunday, April 23rd and depart on Thursday, April 27th.

Three-night package:  $1,975

Arrive Thursday, April 27th and depart on the morning of Sunday, April 30th.



Spring Birding Days with Scott Weidensaul

Likely Sightings Include:

  • red knots
  • ruby crowned kinglets
  • parulas
  • blue-grey gnatcatchers
  • vireos
  • American oystercatchers
  • bald eagles
  • black-necked stilts
  • painted buntings
  • egrets
  • anhingas
  • ruby-throated hummingbirds
  • roseate spoonbills
  • Wilson's plovers
  • cedar waxwing
  • summer tanager
  • black-throated blue warbler
  • black-throated green warbler
  • Cape May warbler
  • prairie warbler
  • palm warbler
  • American redstart
  • worm-eating warbler
  • pine warbler
  • black poll warbler

red knot