Photography Workshop

November 3 - 5, 2017

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

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

·        Morning Excursion

·        Optional afternoon processing tutorial

 

Two-night package:  $1350

Arrive on Friday, November 3rd and depart on Sunday, November 5th

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.

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.


Island Holidays

December 22-27, 2017 or December 27-January 1, 2018

This December, give your family the gift of an island getaway!  Imagine you and your most dear friends and family spending the holidays on Little St. Simons Island. Avoid those troublesome hosting responsibilities.  We'll take care of all the meals, activities and lodging.  

Holiday reservations are available for arrival on Friday, December 22nd for five or ten nights or arrival on Wednesday, December 27th for five nights or more.  

Give us a call at (912) 638-7472 for more information or to reserve your stay.

Holiday rates start at $675 per night double occupancy and are all-inclusive:

  • three delicious farm-to-table meals daily
  • nightly social hour with hors d'oeuvres
  • beverages including soft drinks, beer and wine
  • naturalist-led activities including fishing, birding, hikes and more
  • use of the island's equipment including kayaks, bicycles, motorized skiffs and fishing tackle
  • lodging in one of six charming cottages
  • boat transportation to and from the island

Marine Debris Cleanup

December 3-5, 2017 & January 15-17, 2018

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 12/3/17 or 1/15/18 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.   Lodge@LittleSSI.com 912.638.7472.

 


Through Bartram's Eyes

An Immersion in the Nature, Art, and History of William Bartram’s Georgia Coast, March 7-9, 2018

Come explore coastal Georgia’s flora and fauna through the lens of famed 18th century naturalist, artist, and writer, William Bartram. Join guest experts and Little St. Simons Island staff as we retrace part of Bartram’s famous journey and visit coastal landscapes that remain intact and similar to the way Bartram described them in his journal, The Travels of William Bartram.

The three-day event will begin with an optional guided boat trip from Hampton River Marina, up one of Georgia’s wildest and most protected rivers, the Altamaha. Guests will experience this grand river system much the way that Bartram did in 1773. “The winding banks of the river, and the high projecting promontories, unfolded fresh scenes of grandeur and sublimity.” The boat ride includes a stop along Hammersmith Creek at Altama Plantation, now conserved by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and The Nature Conservancy. At Altama, the group will disembark from the boat for a short hike through some of the property’s diverse plant communities. We will take time to stop and learn about individual plants and animals as we explore along the way.  The Altamaha River boat trip will be limited to the first 20 participants.

Guests will depart by boat from Altama and travel to Little St. Simons Island for a two-night stay. While on Little St. Simons Island, we will explore the wonderfully intact and varied natural landscapes of the island along with some of their characteristic plants and animal, all the while comparing them to Bartram’s descriptions of Georgia’s wild barrier islands from the 1770s. Guests will also learn about current conservation efforts that are taking place to protect the sensitive habitats and the rare animals that inhabit them.  

We are very fortunate to have an impressive selection of accomplished experts with backgrounds in ecology, conservation, botany, writing and art. All of these modern day naturalists have been influenced heavily by William Bartram over the course of their career. These experts will join our knowledgeable staff naturalists in sharing details relative to their areas of expertise and making connections to Bartram’s writings and art throughout the event. They will also be our featured evening lecturers for both nights. For more on our special guests, please see their biographies below.

The two night event is $1250 per room double occupancy plus tax and service charge.  In addition to all of the event activities, the rate is all-inclusive of lodging, meals, beverages including soft drinks, beer and wine and all island activities including guided Naturalist excursions as well as boat transfers to and from the island.  Visit our website www.littlessi.com or give us a call at 866-450-9677 for reservations or additional information.

 

Special Guest Experts Include:

Linda Chafin
Linda ChafinLinda Chafin is the Conservation Botanist with the Science and Conservation Program at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, in Athens. At the Garden, she teaches botany classes, leads field trips, conducts plant and natural community inventories, and writes articles and books about Georgia’s native plants. She also works with the Botanical Garden’s “Certificate in Native Plants” program and with the Botanical Guardian Volunteers.

The University of Georgia Press published her book, “The Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia” in 2007 and “The Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia and Surrounding States” in 2016.  As Senior Botanist for the Florida Natural Areas Inventory, Linda also wrote "The Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Florida," which was published in 2001.

Linda received a Master’s Degree in Botany from UGA in 1988, where she studied under Dr. Sam Jones, and has conducted rare species surveys and natural community inventories throughout the southeastern U.S.

Dorinda Dallmeyer
Dorinda DallmeyerA native of Macon, 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. She is an award-winning photographer, radio producer, and writer. 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. 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.

Philip Juras
Philip JurasAthens, Georgia based artist Philip Juras’s paintings are an expression of his desire to experience, understand, and celebrate the natural world. He explores the rich aesthetics of a wide range of ecologically intact environments by combining direct observation with the study of the natural science and history of the subject. Philip received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1990 and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree in 1997, both from the University of Georgia. His MLA thesis examined pre-settlement grasslands that once flourished in the Southeast, a subject that continues to inspire his artwork. His ongoing projects include Georgia’s barrier islands, fire adapted landscapes of the Southeast, tall grass prairie restoration in Illinois, and the páramo and cloud forests of the Colombian Andes.

In 2011 Philip’s exhibition, The Southern Frontier, Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels, opened at the Telfair Academy in Savannah, Georgia. With is its corresponding award-winning exhibition book, it explored the southern wilderness as William Bartram documented it in the 1770s. The Wild Treasury of Nature, A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island opened in 2016 at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia. That exhibition and accompanying book examined the natural environments of one of the most ecologically intact barrier islands on the East Coast. His 2017 exhibition, Landscapes of Chingaza (Paisajes de Chingaza) at the Biblioteca Virgilio Barco in Bogotá, Colombia, celebrated conservation of the high elevation environments of Colombia’s Chingaza National Park. 

Christi Lambert
Christi LambertChristi Lambert is the Coastal and Marine Conservation Director for The Nature Conservancy in Georgia, a global conservation organization.  Working with the Conservancy since 1991, Lambert has led a wide range of projects and built strong partner relationships that have resulted in significant conservation successes. Her first major project was to launch and lead the Altamaha River Bioreserve as a science and community-based landscape-scale watershed initiative. Over the past two decades, she has played an integral role in the protection of more than 180,000 acres of coastal and riverine lands through acquisitions and easements.

Currently, Lambert's work includes coastal restoration and management, land protection, maritime forest restoration, ocean planning, outreach and strategic partnerships.  Collaborating with agencies, landowners and managers, and academia, she develops best practices for living shorelines as alternatives to hardened shorelines, for oyster restoration, for maritime forest restoration, and to influence policy and to increase coastal resilience for the health of habitat and people. A native Georgian, Lambert studied biology and chemistry at Berry College and Shorter College (bachelors of science) and geography and ecology at the Institute of Ecology University of Georgia (master of science).


2018 Spring Birding Days

April 29 - May 5, 2018

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: $4,625**

~Arrive April 29th and depart May 5th.

FOUR-NIGHT ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE: $2,500**

~Arrive April 29th and depart May 3rd. 

THREE-NIGHT WEEKENDER ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE: $2125**

~Arrive May 3rd 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: To Be Announced

 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

 


2018 Fall Birding Days

September 28 - October 4, 2018

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: $4,625**

~Arrive September 28th and depart October 5th

FOUR-NIGHT ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE: $2,500**

~Arrive October 1st and depart October 5th

THREE-NIGHT WEEKENDER ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE: $2125**

~Arrive September 28th and depart October 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 Ornithologists: To Be Announced

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!

 

Fall 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