Shark Days 2021

June 25th - June 28th

 

Join shark biologists and Little St. Simons Island naturalists on adventures and activities that give you and your family hands-on experience with real research.

You and/or your future marine biologist will have the opportunity to take and record data, handle and tag sharks, and learn from professionals. This is a truly unique opportunity to engage in current field biology, giving you a new perspective, and giving young aspiring biologists invaluable experience for their future endeavors.

Recent observations on Little St. Simons Island lead Naturalist alum Andrew Lyons, Dr. Bryan Franks, Dr. Eric Reyier, and aiding researcher Bonnie Ahr, to believe that our waters around the island might serve as nursery habitat for the Lemon Shark (Negaprion brevirostris). If proven, this would represent a new location known to the science of Lemon Shark reproductive biology.

You’ll be joining this  team on their mission in the field and in an informal lecture setting during this 3-night event, while enjoying the endless natural beauty of Little St. Simons Island. 
 
Activities: 

  • Field work with researchers: observe and assist working researchers at your leisure
  • Charter fishing trip in the Hampton with Capt. Brooks Good- Weather dependent
  • Fishing: for local fish (if sharks are caught, you can assist in tagging and data gathering by researchers)
  • Presentations and activities after dinner
  • Naturalist-led adventures (ie. Kayaking, safari excursions, hiking, birding, history excursions)

 

Three-night all-inclusive package: $2,375** 


Arrive June 25th and depart June 28th  
Package rates includes lodging, three meals daily prepared by our chefs, soft drinks, 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 for availability and reservations. 


Turtle Days 2021

 July 18th - Aug 26th

 

Little St. Simons Island's pristine coastline provides critical nesting habitat for endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtles. Each summer, female turtles venture from the Gulf Stream to beaches along the Atlantic Coast to nest. In about two months time, hatchlings will emerge from these nests and dash to the tide line to begin their lives.

In celebration of this age-old annual ritual, the Island is hosting Turtle Days, a special program focused on exploring the wonderful world of sea turtles through evening beach walks, presentations, and post-hatch nest inventories in addition to our regular Naturalist-led excursions.

All-Inclusive Rates

Rates include lodging, three meals daily prepared by our chefs, non-alcoholic beverages, 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 based on double occupancy.

Space is limited, so call 888-733-5774 between 9:00am and 5:00pm ET daily or email: lodge@littlessi.com to check availability. 

 

Top photo by Phillip Murdaco, bottom photo by naturalist


Fall Birding Days 2021

Sept. 24th - Oct. 1st

Celebrate the fall 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 in addition to standard naturalist-guided adventures.  
 
  
SEVEN-NIGHT ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE: $5,075** 
Arrive September 24th and depart October 1st
 

THREE-NIGHT ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE: $2,375** 
Arrive September 24th and depart September 27th 


FOUR-NIGHT ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE:  $2,850** 
Arrive September 27th and depart October 1st  

 

Package rates include lodging, three meals daily prepared by our chefs, non-alcoholic beverages, 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.  

Space is limited, so call 888-733-5774 between 9:00am and 5:00pm ET daily or email: lodge@littlessi.com to check availability. 

Photos from Phillip Murdaco.

 

Guest Ornithologists

Adam Betuel

Adam Betuel was introduced to the world of birds and birding at the age of 16 and has never looked back. Shortly after he began his studies at Ohio State University, where he earned a degree in Zoology, Adam was lucky enough to take a position at the university’s museum of biological diversity. While there, Adam met graduate students who introduced him to the exciting world of field ornithology. Adam went on to conduct avian research on marsh birds in Florida, Purple Martins in North Carolina, Eastern Bluebirds in Ohio, and spent a summer in Paraguay cataloguing the country’s bird diversity. After a few years of field research, Adam spent five years studying the White-throated Sparrow in Upstate New York and Indiana while a graduate student at Indiana State University. 
After leaving ISU, Adam became the first conservation director for Atlanta Audubon. In this role, he manages multiple conservation programs, including bird banding projects and Project Safe Flight Atlanta, which focuses on the issue of bird-building collisions. Adam also teaches workshops, oversees multiple citizen science programs, leads birding tours domestically and internationally, and dedicates time to many other projects designed to make Atlanta a place where birds and people thrive. 

 

Richard Hall

Richard grew up in England, and according to his parents, started birding before he could walk. His lifelong passion for birds led him to pursue ecological research, and since joining the faculty at the University of Georgia in 2009, he has worked on understanding drivers of wildlife infectious diseases and how animal migrations respond to environmental change. Richard is a former president of the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society, and currently serves on the Georgia Ornithological Society’s Checklists and Records Committee. Richard visits the Georgia coast regularly with student groups and for Christmas Bird Counts; he has fallen in love with Georgia’s pristine barrier islands, and is excited to share their untamed beauty and incredible birdlife with you. 


Fly Fishing Workshop 2021

December 10th - December 13th, 2021

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 the Little St. Simons Island Fly Fishing Clinic.

Join us for a saltwater fly fishing experience like no other with casting instruction, fly tying tutorials and 2 days of guided fishing trips in addition to our regular naturalist-led excursions. No experience necessary. Rod, reel, and flies are included. 

THREE-NIGHT ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE: $1,925** 


~ Arrive Friday, December 10th and depart Monday, December 13th ~ 


In addition to participation in the clinic for one person, this package includes lodging, three meals daily prepared by our chefs, soft drinks, 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 $150.  If you do not participate in the fly fishing clinic, you are welcome to join our naturalists on other guided activities such as: birding, 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.  


Availability is limited, so call 888-733-5774 between 9:00am and 5:00pm ET daily or email: lodge@littlessi.com from the link below to check availability. 

Fly Fishing Guides

Captain Kenneth Dodd 
Kenneth Dodd, USCG licensed and IGFA certified, developed a life-long passion for fishing at an early age fishing with his father around his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. He operates Sapelo Light Charters and ties flies out of his McIntosh County home. He specializes in quality flies for trout, redfish, tripletail, flounder, tarpon, bonefish and largemouth bass. His fly customers are local guides and their customers. His charters cater to all ages and skill levels. He loves to turn a fisherman on to saltwater fly fishing. 

Robert Ramsey 
A native of Toccoa, Georgia, Robert Ramsay has worked as a professional fly fishing guide for decades, splitting his time between Montana, Alaska, Patagonia Argentina and Arctic Russia. Mr. Ramsay became the first full-time president of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association in 2006 and later joined The Nature Conservancy in Georgia, before being hired by former Lt. Governor Pierre Howard to join the Georgia Conservancy leadership team in January of 2011. He since became president of the Georgia Conservancy on July 1, 2014, following three years of service as the organization’s vice president. Named as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians in 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Georgia Trend Magazine, Mr. Ramsay is an active leader involved in a number of collaborations and coalitions focused on solving many of America’s pressing environmental challenges. Robert remains an avid fly angler and takes every opportunity to enjoy our nation’s natural wonders with his family and friends. 

Cohen Carpenter 
Cohen is from Perry, Georgia, just south of the border between Georgia’s Coastal Plain and Piedmont regions. This is where he developed his affinity for fishing, spending many hours going after bass, brim, catfish and the likes on the lakes and ponds in middle Georgia. Cohen moved to coastal Georgia after college to take a position in fisheries biology with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. He then earned a master’s degree in coastal biology with a focus on fisheries science, in which his thesis work focused on fisheries survey methodology and shark nursery habitat preferences. After graduate school Cohen landed a dream job at Little St. Simons Island as Naturalist Assistant Manager. He proceeded to fall in love with the art and excitement of fly fishing right on the banks of beautiful Mosquito Creek. He has since taken every opportunity to wet a fly and has covered many miles of LSSI’s tidal reaches in the process. Cohen is currently an environmental consultant, living in Brunswick, GA with his wife and daughter. 


January Marine Debris 2022

January 9th - January 12th, 2022

Marine debris clean-up days at LSSI are a wonderful opportunity to participate in marine conservation. Our event on January 9th-12th  will be a clean-up of Little Saint Simons Island Main Beach. Participants will disembark to Main beach after breakfast, and will be broken up into teams (with a naturalist leader) to ensure good coverage of the 5-mile stretch of beach. Once in place participants will walk 1-2 miles along the beach, collecting marine debris along the way. After ~2 hours participants will leave the beach to head back to the Lodge for lunch. After lunch, all debris will be weighed, sorted, and counted. Guests are asked to participate in both stages of the clean-up (collection and sorting). Total duration of the clean-up day will be approximately six hours. 

*It is important to note this can be a physically demanding day. Participants must be able to handle several hours in the sun without access to restrooms. If you are unsure of your abilities but still want to contribute to marine conservation, we recommend planning another visit to LSSI to collect marine debris at your leisure. 
Difficulty: Moderate 
  
Three Night All Inclusive Package $1,825.00** 
**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 email: lodge@littlessi.com link below to check availability. 


February Marine Debris Clean Up 2022

February 6th, - February 9th, 2022

Marine debris clean-up days at LSSI are a wonderful opportunity to participate in marine conservation. Our event on February 6th-9th  will be a clean-up of Little Saint Simons Island Main Beach. Participants will disembark to Main beach after breakfast, and will be broken up into teams (with a naturalist leader) to ensure good coverage of the 5-mile stretch of beach. Once in place participants will walk 1-2 miles along the beach, collecting marine debris along the way. After ~2 hours participants will leave the beach to head back to the Lodge for lunch. After lunch, all debris will be weighed, sorted, and counted. Guests are asked to participate in both stages of the clean-up (collection and sorting). Total duration of the clean-up day will be approximately six hours. 

*It is important to note this can be a physically demanding day. Participants must be able to handle several hours in the sun without access to restrooms. If you are unsure of your abilities but still want to contribute to marine conservation, we recommend planning another visit to LSSI to collect marine debris at your leisure. 
Difficulty: Moderate 
  
Three Night All Inclusive Package $1,825.00** 
**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 email: lodge@littlessi.com link below to check availability.