Year-round programs for island visitors scouts and school groups on the beach in the marsh on the water in the classroom and the Coastal Gallery. The Tybee Island Marine Science Center s mission is to shape a responsible stewardship of Coastal Georgia s natural resources through marine science-based education conservation and research.
Brief History Marine education programs on Tybee Island began in 1987 with beach walks and seining. These classes were offered as an outreach program from the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service. After tremendous response the outreach program merited a location of its own. In May 1988 only a year later the Tybee Island Marine Science Center opened its doors. The initial sponsors of the Center were the City of Tybee Island and the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service. These two groups were joined in 1990 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA Gray s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. The formation of the Tybee Island Marine Science Foundation in 1990 established another major sponsor. Currently the Center is co-sponsored by the Tybee Island Marine Science Foundation the City of Tybee Island and NOAA Gray s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. The Foundation is the primary sponsor and provides fundraising support and a Board of Directors. Volunteers and interns continue to be an integral part of the operation of the Center. Their assistance contributes greatly to the success of the facility.