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“Teenagers had a good time”

Tybee Island Marine Science Center
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Owner description: We provide year-round programs for island visitors and groups . . . On the beach, in the marsh, on the water, in the classroom, and our Coastal Georgia Gallery. Our mission is to cultivate responsible stewardship of coastal Georgia's natural resources through education, conservation, and research. Island's Visitors: Walks, Talks & Treks and Sea Camp: Coastal Kids Ocean Adventure Corporate-Family-Elderhostel Groups: Authentic Coastal Experience and Floating Classrooms School Groups: Coastal Classroom Girl Scouts: Coastal Badge Program Boy and Cub Scouts: Barrier Island Patch Program and Oceanography Merit Badge Program Our Ocean Outreach program extends our educational reach to public and private events
Reviewed September 4, 2013

There were mini aquariums that the kids could check out. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable about the local sea life. Unlike other places on the GA islands, they don't accept volunteers for turtle watches. I think that's a mistake - it would be a great way to get the public involved, and transfer some stewardship to the larger community.

Thank Christine S
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Cody S, Manager at Tybee Island Marine Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2013

Hi there! Thanks so much for visiting and reviewing the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. You're totally right that involving the public in sea turtle conservation is a really important part of stewardship and community support.

Our Sea Turtle Project does utilize volunteers, on a seasonal basis, every year to locate and monitor our nests. Our volunteers go through a training with the Department of Natural resources and receive a state permit to monitor nesting. This permitting process, coupled with Tybee's extremely developed landscape, are behind the limited nature of public involvement right now. We've actually had to stop announcing our nest excavations to the public this season. The crowds become so large and unmanageable, that it affects the wellbeing (and release) of any straggler hatchlings.

Our goal is to be able to include island visitors in the monitoring of nests, as observers, in the future. Another great way to be involved is via the Turtle Trot, our 5k beach walk/run to kick off nesting season at the end of April each year. We have live music, awards, and sea turtle releases following the run itself.

Again, thanks for visiting the science center and Tybee Island. We always want feedback, no matter what!

Cody Shelley
cody@tybeemarinescience.org
912-786-5917

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

I took my cadette girl scout troop to the Tybee Island Marine Center on a chilly day during our spring break. This was the hi-light of our trip to the Savannah area. If you have a group, its a good idea to plan ahead and book a tour. My girls had been working on a badge that goes along with visiting the center, its the Georgia Costal Badge. They enjoyed and learned so much from the marine biologist that gave us a tour of the beach. Her enthusiasim was contagious! They got to see and touch creatures that were in the shallow surf. We also got a tour of the Marine Center and the girls had time to explore the local wildlife they had on display there. It was so chilly that we opted to do some sand sifting and look at the creatures through a magnifying glass.....very interesting! I only wished it had been a warmer day so the girls could have experienced putting a net in the surf!
I as an adult learned things that I never would have if we had not taken that beach walk. I plan on taking my younger daughters troop in a few years and will definetly being coming here again.....very well done!

Thank Ready2Travel247
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Cody S, Manager at Tybee Island Marine Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2013

Hi there! Thank you so much for bringing your scouts to the science center, and for posting your feedback to TripAdvisor. Last March really was chilly, but I'm thrilled you and your scouts enjoyed your badge program. I hope we get to see you during warmer months on your next visit!

Cody Shelley
cody@tybeemarinescience.org
912-786-5917

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

This place has 4 small rooms, with some local turtles, a baby alligator, and maybe 10 interesting fish, horseshoe crabs, etc.. One of the rooms has a table with a bunch of large seashells, and a touch tank with little crabs. There's a collection of beach sand from around the world. We had 2 kids with us, a 7-year-old and a 3-year old. The older one liked looking at the seashells, and a couple of the fish. The little one enjoyed the touch tank. All together, it took us about 10-15 minutes to walk through, and we really took our time and talked about all the different creatures. There were a couple of small exhibits that were under construction, so it was just empty tanks.

There is a roped-off area, which I think had some kind of camp or something going on. They also do beach walks for kids.

If you have little kids that like fish, then I say go for it, but it's not going to take up very much time.

Thank davai_poyedim
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

This is a small science center with tanks of marine life that the local conservationists have not only a place to continue the study and preserve the area marine wildlife. The money goes to support the center. For $4 just to see the animals and go back behind the scenes to talk to the staff is worth it. Tybee island is just infront of the center. The parking is metered with a box that you get a sticker to put on the dash. Go early in the morning to the beach as it gets crowded quickly. There are a few shops around to look at. Overall, it is nice to know that there is a preservation area that is mindful of the richness of what is needed to protect.

Thank shunkins
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This place is great. The exhibits and aquariums are very informative. And the staff is very friendly. We loved the beach walks.

Thank TybeeGourmet
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