Explore the expansive shell rakes and oyster reef communities on Cabbage Island at low tide! We'll scout the many piles of shell material and search for whelks, crabs and other small invertebrates in the tidal pools. Children 10 years or older are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. 

Two boats will be used per program. Each boat is limited to 1-3 participants who are traveling as a group for a total fee of $66. If you would like to register 4-6 participants your party will be split between the two boats for a total of $132. 

When you register to the right, select "single reservation" to reserve one boat of up to 3 people. If you have 4-6 people in your party select "reserve multiple seats" to reserve (2) boats. If you receive an error when trying to register two boats then this means one boat has already been reserved. 

Questions? Contact Public Programs Coordinator, Kayla Clark, kayla270@uga.edu, 912-598-3345.

Special notes: 

  • Participation does not include entry into the UGA Aquarium. Aquarium visits can be made by appointment only on the Aquarium by Appointment registration page
  • All boat activities are weather-dependent and require appropriate and adequate footwear and clothing. There is no guarantee of wildlife sightings but every program will include information about estuary ecology and conservation. 
  • UGA boat captains reserve the right to cancel boat programs in the event of unsafe weather conditions. You will be notified by the Monday prior to your trip. Back-up dates are scheduled two days after the original date of the trip. No refunds are provided unless both dates are canceled.

COVID Procedures:

  • For safety and appropriate social distancing, this program is limited to a group of 1-3 participants per boat in addition to a UGA Captain and UGA Educator. Two boats will be used and once on land both groups will receive instruction together in a socially distant manner. 
  • Passengers are required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing during check-in and for the duration of the trip including while on board the vessel and on any stops to disembark on islands or shell rakes.

This event counts toward the Coastal Stewards Program, designed to engage adults in activities that improve their knowledge of coastal ecosystems, enhance understanding of current issues impacting coastal communities, and inspire stewardship of natural resources.

Unfortunately, This course is currently unavailable, if you have any questions, please return to the Directory listing on our website.
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