Tybee Marine Science Center


Tybee Marine Science Center

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.

Walks, Talks & Treks are each an hour long and cost $10 per person ($9 for members; kids four and under are free).

Reservations can be made up to one week in advance, either in person or on the phone. The science center is open daily from 10 to 5, at 1509 Strand Avenue. Phone reservations are available from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 912-786-5917.

(May 24 – September 1)

Please understand that all times are subject to availability, based on the tides, program scheduling, and capacity limitations. Please call ahead to confirm your program and reserve your slots, 912-786-5917.

South Beach Walk @ 10:30a.m.
Sift & Seine @ 1:00p.m.
Marsh Trek @ 3:30p.m.

South Beach Walk @ 10:30a.m.
Jelly Jive @ 1:00p.m.
North Beach Walk @ 3:30p.m.

South Beach Walk @ 10:30a.m.
Shark Jaw @ 1:00p.m.
Sift & Seine @ 3:30p.m.

South Beach Walk @ 10:30a.m.
Turtle Talk @ 1:00p.m.
North Beach Ecology Walk @ 3:30p.m.

South Beach Walk @ 10:30a.m.
Whale Tale @ 1:00p.m.
Marsh Trek @ 3:30p.m.

South Beach Walk @ 10:30a.m.
Turtle Talk @ 1:00p.m.
Sift & Seine @ 3:30p.m.

South Beach Walks @ 10:30a.m. & 1:00p.m.
Sift & Seine @ 3:30p.m.

Beach Walks: Guided walks on the beach to learn about coastal Georgia’s tides, dunes, and the wildlife that live in and around the ocean. South beach walks meet at the science center. North beach walks meet at the north end of the island, near the lighthouse.

Turtle Talks: Join us for an intro into the lives of Georgia’s nesting sea turtles. Learn about their nesting habitat and Tybee’s conservation efforts.

Marsh Treks: Guided trek through Georgia’s salt marsh. Explore in the mud, find creatures, and learn why the estuary is the ocean’s nursery. Marsh Treks meet off-site, at the Spanish Hammock. For safety reasons closed-heel, closed-toe shoes are required. Directions are provided at sign-up.

Shark Jaws: Bulls, nurses, and tigers all have something in common. We’ll jaw about the most misunderstood beasts in the ocean.

Jelly Jives: Jellies don’t have a heart, but that’s not why they sting. Understand the role they play in the health of our ocean.

Whale Tales: Georgia’s coast is the calving ground for a 70-ton toothless whale. Hear these giants’ tale and of local efforts to protect them.

Due to limited capacities, we ask for payment at the time of registration. Refunds can only be provided in the case of program cancellation due to inclement weather.

Larger group, school, and scout badge programs are available year round and are booked by request. Please call Cody at 912-786-5917 for more information or to book any type of program.


  • 1510 Strand Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328



  • Dorothy DeMaria
    January 19, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    First time visit to you island the first week in February. Do you have programs at that time.

    • admin
      January 20, 2015 at 7:12 am

      Hi Dorothy,

      Here is a link to their visitors page with trip information and schedule: Click Here

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