Travel/Study – Local & State Trips

Coastal Processes and Conservation: What Will Be Left for Future Generations?
April 28-30, 2015

Registration will open January 2015

[Participation in the pre-trip OLLI course (April 20-24) is REQUIRED, trip participants will automatically be enrolled in the class. The deadline for registration for the trip is February 15, 2015. Registration is limited to 28 participants.]    St Simons island lighthouse, Georgia

An optional, three-day field trip to the Georgia Coast (Jekyll and St. Simons Islands) will follow the OLLI course taught April 20-24, 2015. The trip will depart Athens on the morning of Tuesday April 28 and return to Athens the evening of Thursday April 30. Transport will be by rental 12-passenger vans. Accommodation for both nights will be at the Hampton Inn & Suites on Jekyll Island. A group reservation has been made and you will secure your room with your personal credit card information.

Tuesday we will examine the relatively pristine coast of Jekyll Island where the dynamics of natural shoreline processes will be observed. During the morning we will traverse a portion of the north shore of Jekyll Island. During the afternoon we will do a similar transect across the southern Jekyll coast. Each traverse will require approximately one mile of easy beach walking. Wednesday we will examine St. Simons Island and observe myriads of attempts at coastal “stabilization”. Their effects stand in stark contrast to the more natural and productive coastal environments observed on Jekyll Island. Stops on St. Simons will be close to parking areas and will require limited beach walking. We will depart for Athens in the afternoon.

A non-refundable trip registration fee of $125 per person will be required. This will cover the cost of van rental, fuel and staff expenses. It will not include participant lodging and meals. Accommodation costs will be $77.50/night (based upon double occupancy) with breakfast included. Monday night we will enjoy dinner at the Jekyll Island Club and Tuesday evening we will have dinner at a restaurant on St. Simons Island.