Marine Debris Cleanup

December 2nd - 5th, 2018, January 13th - 16th & February 3rd - 6th, 2019

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 on Sunday 12/02/18, 01/13/19 or 02/03/19 and participate in the cleanup on Monday 12/03/18, 01/14/19 or 02/04/19.

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.   Lodge@LittleSSI.com 912.638.7472.

 


Painting Workshop

December 9th - 12th, 2018

Join us for a three-night plein air painting workshop on Little St. Simons Island, hosted by local artist Peggy Everett.  A highly-respected artist and instructor, Peggy is known as a great teacher for all skill levels.  Peggy will teach color mixing, composition, value changes, and techniques used in Plein Air to achieve a successful painting.

Peggy tells us, "I have been teaching plein air for 25 years.  The more the student knows about what they are painting along with how to portray it, the better the painting.  Also, I may note that "never ever" painters are the most successful."

Don't miss this opportunity to connect with nature on a pristine barrier island.  Not only will you and your companions have access to the eco lodge's facilities and naturalist-led activities, but you'll also have the opportunity to learn to capture it's beauty to take home with you.  Non-painting spouses and friends are welcome and, rather than paint, will be able to enjoy the island's many naturalist-led activities like kayaking, fishing, birding, beach combing and hiking.  

 

 THREE-NIGHT ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE: $1,425**

~Arrive December 9th and depart December 12th.

Package rates include lodging, three meals daily prepared by our chefs, beverages including soft drinks, beer and wine, all Island activities including guided Naturalist excursions and use of recreation gear as well as boat transfers to and from the island.

Workshop Fee - $400 per participant.

Peggy invites all skill levels, from participants who have never held a paintbrush to those who paint professionally.  Peggy will provide a list of materials for participants to bring. 

 

**All rates are for double occupancy in The Hunting Lodge, River Lodge, Cedar House or Helen House. The Tom House and Michael Cottage rates are higher.  An additional adult in the same room is $200 per night and children under 12 are $100 per night. An 18% service charge plus applicable taxes will be added to the above rates. 

Availability is limited, so call 888-733-5774 between 9:00am and 5:00pm ET daily or click "Book Now" at the top of this page for availability and reservations.

 

Peggy Everett

Peggy is a resident of nearby Valona, Georgia, and has spent years capturing coastal landscapes and sharing her knowledge and well-honed techniques with others.  She also cares deeply about these landscapes, as her paintings have raised over $650,000 for wildlife and conservation organizations.

She sold her first painting at age fifteen, and embarked on an artist's life which included time at New York Studio School where she studied under Graham Nickson and Joseph Santore.  She has also been associated with New York Art Students League, Denver Art Students League and Florence Academy of Fine Art in Italy, in additon to being artist-in-residence at Roaring Fork Club, Woods Lake Resort in Colorado and Contentment Bluff in Georgia.  Peggy has learned much by studying under Marc Chatov, Bob Kuhn, Russell Chatham, Scott Christensen, Clyde Asp and others.  She shares this experience in the Plein Air workshops she teaches.


Saltwater Fly Fishing Clinic

December 14th - 17th, 2018

Are you interested in saltwater fly fishing?  Have you ever wanted to tie your own flies?  Whether you're a freshwater fly fisherman looking to test new waters, or a spinning reel fisherman looking to learn a new method, there is no better opportunity than this! 

 In addition to the typical inclusions, this special event includes the following for one participant:

  • Fly fishing instruction
  • Fly tying instruction
  • Two days of guided saltwater fly fishing trips
  • If you don't have your own gear, we will supply fly rod, reel and flies at no additional charge. 

THREE-NIGHT ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE: $1675**

~ Arrive Friday December 14th and depart Monday December 17th.

Package rates include lodging, three meals daily prepared by our chefs, beverages including soft drinks, beer and wine, all Island activities including guided Naturalist excursions and use of recreation gear as well as boat transfers to and from the island.

Both guests in a room may participate in the fly fishing clinic, or just one.  A second participant is an additional $250.  If you do not participate in the fly fishing clinic, you are welcome to join our naturalists on other guided activities such as: birding, kayaking, hiking, beachcombing and truck safaris.  

 **All rates are for double occupancy in The Hunting Lodge, River Lodge, Cedar House or Helen House. The Tom House and Michael Cottage rates are higher.  An additional adult in the same room is $200 per night and children under 12 are $100 per night. An 18% service charge plus applicable taxes will be added to the above rates. 

Space is limited to only 8 participants, so call 888-733-5774 between 9:00am and 5:00pm ET daily or click "Book Now" at the top of this page for availability and reservations.

 

Robert Ramsay

For ten years, Robert Ramsay managed to be wherever the fishing was in season by bouncing between three continents. He has guided in Montana, Alaska, Russia and Argentina. Robert is former president of the American Fly Fishing Association, and is the current president of the Georgia Conservancy.

Kenny Dodd 

Captain Kenny Dodd is a US Coast Guard-licensed and International Game Fish Association-certified, guide.  He operates Sapelo Light Charters and ties flies out of his McIntosh County home. Kenny specializes in quality flies for trout, redfish, tripletail, flounder, tarpon, bonefish and largemouth bass and sells them to local guides and their customers. His instruction caters to all ages and skill levels. Captain Dodd loves nothing more than turning a fisherman on to saltwater fly fishing.

He attributes his love for fly fishing to his mentor, Captain Larry Kennedy, Jr. His first fly fish outing with Kennedy was 25 years ago on Little St. Simons Island. Kenny believes strongly of being a good steward of our rich marine environment.


Photography Workshop

January 25th - 27th and March 8th - 10th, 2019

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 limBen Galland Photoited 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.

 

Friday:

  • Meet and Greet
  • Discuss weekend and review itinerary
  • Afternoon excursion

Saturday:

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

Sunday:

  • Pre-Breakfast excursion
  • Departure after breakfast

 

Two-night package:  $1290 for January 25-27 and $1600 for March 8-10, 2019

-Arrive on Friday and depart on Sunday.

Package rates include lodging, three meals daily prepared by our chefs, beverages including soft drinks, beer and wine, all Island activities including guided Naturalist excursions and use of recreation gear as well as boat transfers to and from the island.

**All rates are for double occupancy in The Hunting Lodge, River Lodge, Cedar House or Helen House. The Tom House and Michael Cottage rates are higher.  An additional adult in the same room is $200 per night and children under 12 are $100 per night. An 18% service charge plus applicable taxes will be added to the above rates. 

Availability is limited, so call 888-733-5774 between 9:00am and 5:00pm ET daily or click "Book Now" at the top of this page for availability and reservations.

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 15 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 baby daughter.


Coastal Culture and Nature

January 30th - February 1st, 2019

Little St. Simons Island will host a 2-night event with guest experts to explore early coastal Native American and Gullah-Geechee cultures and their connection to and reliance on coastal natural resources. Participants will learn about the coexistence of these cultures with nature and how preservation and conservation efforts can benefit both the rich natural and cultural aspects of our coastal region.  The event was inspired by the recently published book, Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture, Environmental Histories of the Georgia Coast by Paul S. Sutter and Paul M. Pressly.  We encourage participants to read this book before the event.

The event will begin at a culturally significant natural area – Cannon’s Point Preserve on St. Simons Island. Guests will spend the remainder of their time with guest experts both in the field and at evening lectures on Little St. Simons Island.  Little St. Simons Island, often noted for its intact natural ecosystems, has a rich human history with documented occupations by both early Native Americans and Gullah-Geechee enslaved people.  During their time on the island, participants will have the opportunity to hike through an old growth live oak maritime forest to culturally significant sites, including the ruins of a 19th century slave cabin and early Native American middens.  A traditional low country oyster roast will also be part of the experience.

Little St. Simons Island is thrilled to host 3 renowned guest experts for this event with backgrounds in both cultural and natural resources, Dr. Matthew Compton, Zooarchaeologist and Curator of the Archaeology Lab at Georgia Southern University, Dr. Dionne Hoskins-Brown, Director of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sponsored Programs at Savannah State University and chairman of the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, and Dorinda Dallmeyer, Director of the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program at the University of Georgia. 

TWO-NIGHT ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE: $990**

~Arrive January 30th and depart February 1st.

Package rates include lodging, three meals daily prepared by our chefs, beverages including soft drinks, beer and wine, all Island activities including guided Naturalist excursions and use of recreation gear as well as boat transfers to and from the island.

**All rates are for double occupancy in The Hunting Lodge, River Lodge, Cedar House or Helen House. The Tom House and Michael Cottage rates are higher.  An additional adult in the same room is $200 per night and children under 12 are $100 per night. An 18% service charge plus applicable taxes will be added to the above rates. 

Availability is limited, so call 888-733-5774 between 9:00am and 5:00pm ET daily or click "Book Now" at the top of this page for availability and reservations.

Guest Experts

Dionne Hoskins-Brown, Commission Chair of Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, is a fishery biologist with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service and serves as the Director of NOAA Programs at Savannah State University, where she also earned her B.S. degree in Marine Biology. She holds a doctorate in Marine Sciences from the University of South Carolina. Since 1999, she has administered NOAA-funded student research training programs while researching essential fisheries habitat, African-American participation in Georgia fisheries, and approaches to increasing minority representation in marine fields. In 2009, she established the African American Fishermen Oral History Project to capture the experiences of Gullah-Geechee families on the Georgia coast for the Voices from the Fisheries database.  Her work with the Commission has supported activities that promote and preserve Gullah Geechee culture as well as those that address the potential effects of climate change on Gullah Geechee communities.

  

A native of Macon, Georgia, Dorinda G. Dallmeyer directs the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program at the University of Georgia. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in geology and a law degree from UGA. For 21 years she was the associate director at the Dean Rusk Center for International Law. Her professional life has gone hand in hand with her lifelong curiosity about the natural world. Dorinda has helped recover whale fossils in middle Georgia, sampled streams across the southern Appalachians, worked as research diver including a week-long stay in the Hydrolab underwater habitat, and has served as a lecturer-naturalist aboard expedition cruises worldwide including more than twenty visits to Antarctica. She is an award-winning photographer, radio producer, and writer. Her most recent collaboration is with Philip Juras on his exhibition catalog "The Wild Treasury of Nature: A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island." Currently she is co-producing the documentary film "Cultivating the Wild: William Bartram's Travels," about the pioneering 18th century naturalist whose descriptions of the Georgia coast call on us  across the centuries to save this glorious landscape.

Matthew Compton

Matthew Compton grew up picking up artifacts in the tobacco fields surrounding his home in the Piedmont of North Carolina. He now serves as the Director of the Laboratory of Archaeology and Curator of the R M Bogan Archaeological Repository at Georgia Southern University. Compton received a B.A. in Anthropology from Appalachian State University and later attended the University of Georgia where he earned a Ph.D. in Ecological and Environmental Anthropology. His scholarly interests most often fall within the realm of historical ecology with its emphasis on the human landscape and the interaction between humans and their environment. He has conducted archaeological research throughout the southeastern United States including the Georgia Coast spanning much of the human occupation of the region. Most often this work has focused on how Native Americans of the region organized and integrated their subsistence practices with their local environment in the context of broader economic/sociopolitical systems and historical trajectories. His methodological specialty involves the identification and analysis of Holocene-age animal remains from archaeological sites (zooarchaeology) which he has been doing for over 20 years.


Spring Birding Days

April 28th - May 4th, 2019

Celebrate the spring migration on Little St. Simons Island! Guest ornithologists join our staff naturalists on excursions highlighting the abundance of species that flock here during this special time. 

SEVEN-NIGHT ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE: $4,900**

~Arrive April 28th and depart May 5th.

FOUR-NIGHT ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE: $2,750**

~Arrive April 28th and depart May 2nd. 

THREE-NIGHT WEEKENDER ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE: $2,300**

~Arrive May 2nd and depart May 5th.

 

Package rates include lodging, three meals daily prepared by our chefs, beverages including soft drinks, beer and wine, all Island activities including guided Naturalist excursions and use of recreation gear as well as boat transfers to and from the island.

**All rates are for double occupancy in The Hunting Lodge, River Lodge, Cedar House or Helen House. The Tom House and Michael Cottage rates are higher.  An additional adult in the same room is $200 per night and children under 12 are $100 per night. An 18% service charge plus applicable taxes will be added to the above rates. 

Availability is limited, so call 888-733-5774 between 9:00am and 5:00pm ET daily or click "Book Now" at the top of this page for availability and reservations.

Guest Ornithologists:  TBD

 Possible Sightings Include:

  • black-crowned night heron
  • reddish egret
  • Caspian tern
  • royal tern
  • long-billed curlew
  • piping plover
  • black-bellied plover
  • glossy ibis
  • marbled godwit
  • black-necked stilt
  • American oystercatcher
  • Northern harrier
  • red knot
  • American bittern
  • marsh wren
  • great black-backed gull
  • nighthawk
  • osprey
  • brown thrasher
  • ruby throated hummingbird
  • yellow warbler
  • American redstart
  • Eastern kingbird
  • blue-winged teal
  • bald eagle
  • anhinga
  • and many, many more!

    Photo by Ian Davies

Spring Birding Days

Likely Sightings Include:

 

 Photo by Pete Oxford

  Photo by Pete Oxford

Photo by Tom Johnson

Photo by Tom Johnson

Photo by Brad Winn

Photo by Ian Davies

Photo by Ian Davies

 Photo by Tom Johnson

Photo by Tom Johnson

 Photo by Ian Davies