The Tybee Island Marine Science Center located on North Beach at 37 Meddin Drive is open to the public Wed-Sun 9:30am-5pm with the last admission 4:15pm. Admission is $10 for ages 5 and up. TIMSC is a great way to get to know the natural residents of Tybee Island and its surrounding waters at this informative educational center. A hands-on touch tank, live local animal exhibits and a passionate, knowledgeable staff are among the treats that await at Tybee Marine Science Center. Fees for admission, beach walks, talks, and tours go toward preserving the Georgia coast, rehabilitating wildlife and educating visitors about the importance of nature conservation. You won’t want to miss visiting everyone’s favorite, Ike the loggerhead sea turtle.
If you would like to participate in some of the great programs they offer then reserve your spot in the coastal classroom where you can learn about beach ecology on a guided walk with a marine science educator and get in on the action with some sand sifting for little sea critters at water’s edge followed by a guided gallery tour.
Below are a few of the activities offered. Please check their website for the latest up-to-date information and pricing.
On this 1 hour walk you will join a marine science educator for a guided walk on Tybee’s South Beach. Learn about the dynamics of the barrier islands of Georgia, the importance of the inter tidal zone, the forces behind tides and waves and sand dune formation. Identify the wildlife that live in and around the ocean and discuss the impact of marine debris and shoreline development. South Beach Walks meet at the science center. This walk is available to book online.
During this 1 hour activity discover the marine life of the inter tidal zone through seining. Pull a ten-foot seine net through waist deep water to catch, examine and release marine life. Commonly caught organisms include pompanos, silver-sides, mullets, sea jellies and crabs. After seining, we’ll explore the marine life of the sandy bottom by sifting various organisms from the wet sand on the beach. Recommended for participants nine years and older. This activity is available to book online.
This 1 hour trek through Georgia’s salt marsh, where you’ll get hands-on exploration in the mud searching for fiddler crabs, snails and more. Examine salty grasses, observe soaring marsh birds and hum with periwinkle snails. Learn about adaptations necessary for survival in this environment, how the marsh functions as a nursery for many organisms, a filter for pollutants and as an abundant food source. This trek is available to book online.