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Specializing in biological, chemical and ecological studies of the coastal region.
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Tybee Beach Ecology Trips
Led by marine scientist/biologist, Dr. Joe Richardson

Make your beach trip more than just a trip to the beach. 
Make it a valuable experience discovering and learning about animals and habitats of Georgia's beaches and barrier islands.
Discover Tybee's Natural Marine Treasures.

For updates/photos of what we are finding, check the "Tybee Beach Ecology Trips" FACEBOOK page: 
Recent article on Tybee's diverse marine biology:

Recommended by   (Tybee Island, GA: Tours)
 With the change in seasons, new species are showing up! And this is a great time to be out on Tybee's beach. 
Our trips have been great, for families, schools, scouts, and all sizes of groups.
Contact Dr. Joe for dates and times. Phone: (912) 596-5362 or email:

Why is Tybee Island such an unusually good place to find so many different marine animals?
Click on the new "Tybee Diversity" tab (above) for explanation and pictures.

Adult and school groups from South Carolina, Georgia and Florida regularly ask "Dr. Joe" to lead their Tybee Island and barrier island beach trips. 
Make your group's trip to Tybee more than just a day at the beach. Spend some time exploring with a marine biologist.

Contact Dr. to set up a trip.
Some dates are better than others due to tides, so plan ahead with Dr. Joe.


Tybee Island beach is a great location for finding and studying a wide variety of marine 
life typical of the southeastern US coastline. With its wide sandy beach front, proximity 
to inlets, rock jetties with tide pools, large intertidal zone, and low wave energy, Tybee provides a location and setting that allows much to be seen and done during a beach 
visit. Many visitors, students and educators are surprised to learn that there is so much 
to see and find on Tybee. The secret is knowing where and how to look, how to find, 
and then learning what it is that you are finding.
With more than 30 years of experience, "Dr. Joe" has a passion for teaching folks of all 
ages (kindergarten through adults) about the animals and ecology of coastal Georgia 
and its habitats. As a professor of Marine Sciences, he taught courses in marine biology, invertebrate zoology, marine chemistry, oceanography, botany and other coastal ecology subjects. For many years he has conducted field studies at the beach for school classes, teachers and other groups.
Check out the new "Tybee Diversity" page (tab at top of page) for 
information about why Tybee Island has such a wide diversity of beach
animals and is such a great place for beachcombing and finding lots of
different species.

Beach Ecology Trips Include Many Activities & Topics
  Tybee offers a wide variety of habitats to explore and animals and shells to be found.

     A typical beach ecology trip consists of a variety of topics and activities including:
-Beachcombing for animals, identifying them, talking about how they live, who eats who, 
  their adaptations;
-Looking for fossils, including fossilized shark teeth;
-Examining tide pools along the rock jetty; discussing the intertidal zone and adaptations 
  for living in this dynamic habitat;
-Collecting live specimens for our "field aquarium;"
-Identifying and discussing new marine invasive species;
-Pulling a 50 ft. beach seine net, examining fish and other animals caught, discussing 
  their adaptations;

-Discussing tides; Examining sand layers; Looking for dolphins; Discussing current research and issues


Make the most of your trip to Tybee Island. Discover & learn about its natural marine resources and treasures.
Contact Dr. Joe Richardson at:joe@ceasurf.comor (912) 596-5362
Some articles that you might find interesting:

Article about Jellyfish on Tybee Island

Article regarding Tybee's diversity of beach animals

Article about the Sargassum seaweed event during June 2012 on Tybee Island

Article about "necklace shells" or how those small round holes get in some shells

Using oyster shell reefs to improve water quality on Tybee Island, final report

Portuguese Man of War information, Dec 2011 blog article for Tybee Events
Jellyfish in Coastal Georgia: Who's Hot and Who's Not
Research on invasive Giant Pink Barnacle

Here are some links to some of my Favorites and Partners that support Tybee Beach Ecology Trips.

They include useful information for groups planning trips to Tybee and Savannah.

Tybee Beach Ecology Trips facebook page:

Updates, news and pictures of what we are finding.


Daniel's Educational Tours, a division of Daniel's Charters and Tours, LLC.  Provide quality educational tours for students of all ages.

Bed and Breakfasts of Savannah. Savannah historic hotels and unique inns.

“Don’t just visit Savannah.Experience it.”


Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace.www.juliettegordonlowbirthplace.orgBirthplace of Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low; and Savannah’s first National Historic Landmark.


Tybee Tybee Cottages makes a handful of some of the finest properties on the Island available to your family; and most of their properties 

are very close to the beach.


Fairfield Inn by Marriott Savannah Midtown. Very good value and price in the mid-town area of 

Savannah. They offer a number of specials and packages; including a special package with Tybee Beach Ecology Trips.


Inn at Ellis Square http://www.innatellissquare.comKnown as the "Grand Lady on Bay Street"! Perfectly positioned between River Street and City Market. All groups are welcome.

Call to ask about their special group rates: 912-236-4440.


Tybee Island Hoppers

Electric, eco-friendly cruisers/vehicles; available for shuttle transportation and for historic tours of Tybee Island.


Tybee Island Visitor’s Center.http://tybeevisit.comA great source for news and information on what’s happening on Tybee Island.


Tybee Vacation Rentals. Over 160 rental properties of all sizes, locations, and price range.


Explore Georgia. Check out the “Georgia Coast” region.


Mermaid Cottages. hide-aways and cozy cottages for vacation rental on Tybee Island.


Ocean Plaza Beach Resort - on the beach at Tybee

Host of the first accessible beach webcam on Tybee  (check the waves at the south end). Thanks Ocean Plaza Beach Resort for providing this service to our surfers and others who want to see the wave conditions; this is much appreciated.


Sea and Breeze Hotel and Condo, at the beach on Tybee Island. Sea and Breeze Hotel is the only hotel located on Tybee’s South 
Beach. Many of the most popular gift shops, art galleries, restaurants and bars on the island are all within one block of the hotel.
Sandy's By The Shore. Vacation rental properties on Tybee Island, with a wide variety of properties available for all sizes of groups.
The Atlantis Inn on Tybee Island "An Inn for the imagination."

Atlantis Inn is a uniquely renovated, 1950’s beach style inn on Tybee Island, Georgia that offers you a charming, care-free atmosphere. The newly decorated specialty “theme” rooms 

& suites are perfect for a romantic get away, honeymoon, or a much needed vacation with family or friends.

Rivers End Campground on Tybee Island.!/profile.php?id=1808123520 The Campground often arranges and schedules Tybee Beach Ecology Trips that 
are open to anyone who wants to sign up. Check them out for upcoming dates and times.
Personalized Tours of Savannah. independent company has been touring visitors for over a decade, focusing on history, architecture, 
Kelly Tours GGroup travel specialists: Kelly Tours has been preparing trips for family reunions, senior groups, sporting events, school outings, 
civic organizations, religious retreats, and more since 1996. Kelly Tours is dedicated to meeting the needs of today’s travelers with fresh itinerary ideas.
North End of Tybee Island (Lighthouse area). North Beach parking lot (gravel, pay-to-park with quarters &/or credit card) lies between the beach and the Lighthouse. 
The gravel parking lot is just behind old Fort Screven and the Tybee Museum. Yellow "pin" indicates the northern end of the North Beach parking lot. 
Drive in to the parking lot from its southern end.