Join the Georgia Conservancy for a weekend on Sapelo Island that combines natural beauty, outdoor recreation, African-American cultural heritage and service work.
During the weekend of October 14-16, we will host our annual Sapelo Island Service Weekend with our partners at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, University of Georgia Marine Science Institute, and Sapelo Island Cultural and Revitalization Society. Friday and Saturday will include opportunities to explore and enjoy Sapelo’s natural and cultural heritage, including the world famous Sapelo Island Annual Culture Day Festival (an extra $25 fee, paid at the event).
Service work will include trail maintenance, historic restoration and helping the Geechee community in Hog Hammock breakdown from their annual cultural festival, which brings over 1,000 people to the island each year. Expect to do service work between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday morning. Bank of America will host a “Sapelo Island Beach Sweep” on Saturday morning. *No morning ferry is offered. All guests must depart on Sapelo on the afternoon ferry.
Don’t worry, the Sapelo Island Service Weekend isn’t all hard work and toil. Guests will also enjoy a historic tours of the island, exploration of Sapleo’s pristine beaches and the facilities at the Reynolds Mansion. On Friday night, we will host guest speaker Cornelia Bailey from Sapelo Island’s Geechee community, Hog Hummock. Cornelia will share her story about Sapelo Island.
This discounted trip is made possible through generous funding from Recreation Equipment Incorporated (REI) and Bank of America.
Weekend Trip Prices: All prices are based on your lodging arrangements. Price includes all meals, ferry transportation to and from the island, and activites on the island.
The Historic Reynolds Mansion: The Historic Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island is a luxurious island retreat. Home to 13 bedrooms, a bowling alley, billiards room, library and greenhouse, the Mansion is the perfect headquarters from which to explore the island. The Reynolds Mansion includes single and double occupancy bedrooms and bathrooms, pillows, linens, sheets, shared living quarters and shared full kitchen with a refrigerators, stove and kitchen table. $275 per person (double occupancy – we will pair with same gender roomates if you’re coming solo), $550 double/couple (single occupancy) or $800 for a family of four.
UGA Marine Science Dorms: UGA dorms include double occupancy bedrooms and bathrooms, pillows, linens, sheets, a shared screened-in porch, and shared full kitchen with a refrigerator, stove and kitchen table. $175 per person (double occupancy – we will pair with same gender roomates if you’re coming solo), $350 double/couple (single occupancy).
Sunday service work at the UGA Marine Sciences Institute, Reynolds Mansion, Hog Hammock and DNR lands.
Hiking, biking and beach combing
Family-friendly activities designed for all ages
Friday evening discussion with Cornelia Bailey
Saturday morning beach sweep at Nanny Goat Beach
Fishing (but bring own tackle, gear and Georgia fishing salt water license)
And much more!
In-kind donors and local food producers we will be enjoying during our weekend on Sapelo Island include: Sapelo Sea Farm oysters, Sweet Grass Dairy cheese, Sweetwater Brewing Company beer, American Spirit Whiskey and Cafe Campesino coffee