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:
Recommended by TripAdvisor.com (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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Some dates are better than others due to tides, so plan ahead with Dr. Joe.
DISCOVER THE DIVERSITY OF MARINE LIFE ON TYBEE ISLAND
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
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,
-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
-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.
Some articles that you might find interesting:
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
Tybee Times article on invasive Giant Pink Barnacle research project
Article and links about Rip Currents
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:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tybee-Beach-Ecology-Trips/124893714206623
Updates, news and pictures of what we are finding.
Bed and Breakfasts of Savannah.http://www.bedandbreakfastsofsavannah.com/Seven 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 Cottages.www.tybeecottages.com 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.
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.http://www.sandysbytheshore.com/ 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." http://atlantisinntybee.com/
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.
are open to anyone who wants to sign up. Check them out for upcoming dates and times.
Personalized Tours of Savannah. http://www.savannahsites.com/This independent company has been touring visitors for over a decade, focusing on history, architecture,
Kelly Tours http://www.kellytours.com/ 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.