Turtle Days

July 19th - September 3, 2020 SPECIAL OFFER!! 4th night free! ** Including cottages

Stay four consecutive nights between July 19th- September 3rd,2020 - 4th night is free! 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.**

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.

Loggerhead Sea Turtles were federally listed as a threatened species in 1978 as the result of significant declines in nesting populations. Federal and state agencies developed a recovery plan for sea turtles in the early 1980's.

Since then, the GA DNR Non Game Conservation Section of the Wildlife Resources Division began a coast wide monitoring project to determine nesting success on all Georgia beached and to ensure conservation efforts through education, law enforcement and research. 

Now, decades later, the number of nests in Georgia suggest that these long-term efforts are proving fruitful. The summer of 2019 was a record-breaking year for total number of nests both on Little St. Simons (237) and on the Georgia coast as a whole since conservation efforts began.

Come celebrate the outstanding sea turtle nesting success on Little St. Simons Island! During recent summers, a 100 nests have been documented on our 7 miles of beach. In July and August, many of these will hatch. In addition, to our regular naturalist-led activities such as kayaking, birding, fishing or hiking, there will be special sea turtle focused activities and educational opportunities.

 
**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.

Turtle Tech showing visitors

Turtle Tech Research

 

Turtle Tech


Shark Days

July 10 - 13, 2020

This event is a deep dive into the world of shark biology and the role of sharks in our coastal and marine ecosystems!

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. Plus... everything else the pristine Little St. Simons has to offer is included!

Three-night All-inclusive package: $1,880**
Arrive July 10th and depart July 13th

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Many shark species rely on coastal waters for the nutrition and protection they provide as nursery habitat. Georgia’s coast has been consistently studied for its role as nursery ground since the late 1990s, yet there is still much to uncover so that we can better understand and protect these creatures.

Recent observations on Little St. Simons Island have led researchers 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. Former naturalist Andrew Lyons took this as a challenge and is conducting his thesis research on illuminating this idea.

Joined by his advisors, Dr. Bryan Franks, Dr. Eric Reyier, and aiding researcher Bonnie Ahr, Andrew will return to gather more data this summer in adding to his work.

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
  • 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) 

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 or email: lodge@littlessi.com from the link below to check availability.

 


Fall Birding Days

September 25th - October 2nd, 2020

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. 

 

SEVEN-NIGHT ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE: $5,120**

Arrive September 25th and depart October 2nd

 

FOUR-NIGHT ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE: $2,990**

Arrive September 25th and depart September 29th 

 

THREE-NIGHT ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE: $2,130**

Arrive September 29th and depart October 2nd

 

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 Package rates include 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 or email: lodge@littlessi.com link below to check availability.

Guest Ornithologists

 

Richard Hall

September 25th - September 29th

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.

 

Adam Betuel

September 29th - October 2nd

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.

In addition to his role as conservation director for Atlanta Audubon, Adam is the president/guide for Teal Birding Tours. Teal Birding offers intimate and personalized birding tours across the globe for bird and nature enthusiasts of all skill levels. He specifically aims to offer tours that excite and engage residents of the Southeastern United States.

Adam has been published multiple times in scientific journals and featured on various media outlets. He is an admitted sparrow lover and eBird fanatic and is very interested in full-life cycle conservation and breeding behavior. Adam has long had an interest in the birds of the Neotropics and currently serves on the board for Para La Tierra, a conservation and environmental education organization in Paraguay.  


Salt Marsh Event

November 4th - 6th, 2020

Explore The World of the Salt Marsh & Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Coastal Marshland Protection Act

Please join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Georgia’s Coastal Marshland Protection Act at Little St. Simons Island during a two night guest event – November 4th and 5th. This ground-breaking legislation was signed into law in 1970 and has played a critical role in protecting one of Georgia’s most iconic landscapes – nearly 400,000 acres of tidal salt marsh. Georgia’s marshes are one of the most productive ecosystems in the world, providing critical habitat for species of commercial and recreational importance, like red drum, sea trout, shrimp, oysters, and clams and for species of conservation concern including manatees and diamondback terrapins. During the event, we will offer immersive outings to learn about this important coastal environment. We envision several opportunities to explore the Island’s 7,000+ acres of salt marsh, including an educational trip on our large pontoon boat, the Skimmer, and adventures into the marsh both by kayak and on foot. Local seafood served during meal times and an oyster roast one evening will provide tastes from the marsh.

 

Well-known Georgia authors Charles Seabrook and Dorinda Dallmeyer, guest speakers, and naturalists will join our group of guests to lead outdoor adventures and to speak each evening after dinner. Charles Seabrook, retired as the long-time environmental editor for the Atlanta Journal Constitution will lead a discussion on his book, The World of the Salt Marsh. Whether you are able to participate in the weekend or not, we encourage everyone with an interest in the salt marsh to read this book. Dorinda Dallmeyer, author and retired director of the University of Georgia’s environmental ethics program will present on The History of the Marsh Protection Act. If you have ever been intrigued or captivated by Georgia’s vast salt marshes, we hope you will come to LSSI to experience and celebrate what Sidney Lanier described, “A league and a league of marsh-grass, waist-high, broad in the blade. Green, and all of a height, and unflicked with a light or a shade, Stretch leisurely off, in a pleasant plain, To the terminal blue of the main.” Please call 912-638-7472 to reserve your space for this event

Two Night All Inclusive Package $1475**

Arrive November 4th, 2020 and depart November 6th, 2020.

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. 

 

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.

 

Marsh Event Leaders

November 4th - November 6th, 2020

 

 Dorinda G. Dallmeyer

 A native of Macon, Dorinda G. Dallmeyer is the retired director of 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. She is an award-winning photographer, radio producer, and writer.  She recently co-produced 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. She is past president of the Bartram Trail Conference and continues to serve on its board.

 In 2005 the Southern Environmental Law Center honored Dorinda with the Phillip Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing about the Southern Environment. Her edited books include “Elemental South: An Anthology of Southern Nature Writing;" "Bartram’s Living Legacy: The Travels and the Nature of the South;" “Altamaha: A River and Its Keeper” (with James R. Holland and Janisse Ray) and essays appearing in two exhibition catalogs by the artist Philip Juras, “The Southern Frontier: Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels” and "The Wild Treasury of Nature: A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island." In 2005 she retired from full-time work to spend more time on her writing projects. A devoted naturalist, Dorinda and her husband David live on 50 acres in rural Madison County, Georgia.

  Charles Seabrook

 Charles Seabrook, a native of John’s Island, South Carolina, is a columnist and environmental writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has won awards from the National Wildlife Federation, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and various press organizations. His newspaper series about Georgia’s mining industry won the Investigative Reporters and Editors “Best Story of the Year” award in 1994. In 2001, the state of Georgia gave him the R. S. "Rock" Howard Award, its highest conservation award. He lives in Decatur, Georgia.


Marine Debris 2020

December 8th - December 11th, 2020

Marine debris clean-up days at LSSI are a wonderful opportunity to participate in marine conservation. Our event on December 8th-11th, will be a clean-up of Little Saint Simons Island Rainbow Beach. After breakfast participants will board a vessel for a 5-mile boat ride down the Hampton River to Rainbow Beach. Participants will disembark the boat, and begin walking a gorgeous two mile stretch of beach on Little Saint Simon Island’s south end, in search of marine debris. Guests will be accompanied by naturalists and remain on the beach for several hours collecting marine debris, before boarding a vessel back to the Lodge in time 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 will be a physically demanding day. Participants must be capable of handling several hours in the sun without access to restrooms. Additionally, all guests must be able to safely disembark an elevated boat (3-4 ft) onto soft sand/mud/water. 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: Challenging

 Package rates include 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.

Three Night All Inclusive Package $1,680.00**

**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.

Marine Debris Clean Up

 


Photo Workshop

January 8th - January 10th, 2021

A native of St. Simons Island, Georgia, 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. At h2o, his work focuses on photography for commercial and marketing use, ensuring that the client's message and brand is captured in visually stunning ways. Outside of h2o, Galland enjoys pursuing his photography for artistic purposes, with particular attention on the beauty and landscape of the southeast coast. 

Galland has a series of four books published by the University of Georgia Press highlighting the Georgia Coast: Island Time: An Illustrated History of St. Simons Island, GA (2013), Island Passages: An Illustrated History of Jekyll Island, GA (2016), Sapelo: People and Place on a Georgia Sea Island (2017) and Cumberland Island: Footsteps in Time (2020) . He is currently working on a book  focusing on tabby throughout the coastal South. Galland is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys kayaking, fly-fishing, biking and exploring. He loves spending time with his wife, Kelly; son, Anson; daughter, Rebekah; and their numerous pets.

TWO NIGHT ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE  $ 1400.00** 

**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 from the link below to check availability.

BEN GALLAND PHOTO WORKSHOP

 

 

 


Fishing Workshop

January 22nd - January 25th, 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 this. Enjoy the incredible fishing and serenity of Little St. Simons waterways.

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: $1,925**

~ Arrive Friday, January 22nd and depart Monday, January 25th ~

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.

Space is limited to only 8 participants, so call 888-733-5774 between 9:00am and 5:00pm ET daily for availability and reservations. 

 

 

 

 

Fly Fishing Workshops

Guides: Robert Ramsey, Kenny Dodd and Cohen Carpenter

 

Photos by Cassie Wright

 


Marine Debris 2021

February 7th, - February 10th, 2021

Marine debris clean-up days at LSSI are a wonderful opportunity to participate in marine conservation. Our event on February 7th-10th  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 $1,725.00**

**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.

Marine Debris

Teams sorting the debris collected