The Tybee Island Marine Science Center (TIMSC) re-opened the South Beach location (1509 Strand Avenue) last week with limited hours from Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm. 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, Admiral the loggerhead sea turtle, lovingly called “Addie.” She just celebrated her 2nd birthday on July 24th. She hatched on Tybee Island and had a unique start in life. You’ll have to visit them to hear her story!

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.

The facility is also preparing for the grand opening of their North Beach facility sometime in the fall. The new facility will bring with it many new hands-on exploration activities, demonstrations, displays, exhibits, films, presentation kiosks and nature-based play sites throughout the facility and grounds. One of the most exciting new additions will be a specially designed and fabricated tank for sharks. This will be a totally new animal for the facility and they are incorporating a “SharksCool” program to educate about this much misunderstood creature.

Visit the center in a new, safe way. They’ve re-designed your visit to make it safe and even more engaging…one-way traffic and small groups. Mask up and go meet the natives!

 

South Beach Walk-Group of 3 people $45, additional adults and children $15, children under 4 free

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.

Sift ‘N’ Seine-Group of 3 people $45, additional adults and children $15, children under 4 free

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.

Marsh Trek-Group of 3 people $45, additional adults and children $15, children under 4 free

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.