Ossabaw Island is a 26,000-acre undeveloped barrier island on the Atlantic Ocean, owned by the State of Georgia and located in Chatham County. Georgia's first Heritage Preserve, accessible only by boat, is undeveloped and set aside by an Executive Order for natural, scientific and cultural study, research and education; and for environmentally sound preservation, conservation and management of the island's ecosystem.


The Ossabaw Island Foundation (TOIF) is a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization. Through a partnership with the State of Georgia, TOIF inspires, promotes, and manages exceptional educational, cultural, and scientific programs that are designed to maximize the experience of Ossabaw Island, while minimizing the impact on the island's resources.


Scheduled Events:

  • Georgia Conservancy Volunteer Weekend on Ossabaw: Fri. Sept. 14 – Sun. Sep. 16, 2018

    Support the preservation of Ossabaw Island by giving back with some elbow grease. Yard work, marsh clean-up, scrubbing and cleaning island structures, plus time to explore the island. Hosted by the Georgia Conservancy. Limited space available. Visit or 404-876-2900.

  • Ossabaw Island Indigo-Dyeing Workshops: Sat. Sept. 22, 2018 and Sun. Sept. 23, 2018. SOLD OUT.

    Learn the history of Ossabaw Island indigo, and the science of making natural indigo dye. Assist with making a fresh-leaf dye vat and dye natural-fiber items you bring with you. To join the waiting list, email .

  • Ossabaw Island Pig Roast & Art Auction: Sat., Oct. 20, 9am – 5pm.

    A fall pig roast, picnic and art silent auction held on the grounds of the Torrey-West Estate on Ossabaw Island, overlooking Ossabaw Sound. This yearly event is the sole fundraiser for the Ossabaw Island Foundation. Transportation is by boat; tickets are sold for specific boat times. Sponsorships available now (click here). General admission tickets $195, on sale September 1.

  • Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat: Fri. November 2 – Sun. Nov. 4

    Individualized workshops, seminars, and manuscript consultations conducted by nationally recognized writers in fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Faculty: Tony Morris, Lenore Hart, Lee Griffith, and David Poyer. Limited to fifteen participants. Click Here to register:, email, or call (912) 344-3123.

  • Wild Night on Ossabaw: New Year’s Eve Overnight Trip: Mon. Dec. 31, 2018 – Tues. Jan. 1, 2019

    Spend New Year’s Eve on Ossabaw Island on an overnight trip with tales of Ossabaw Island around the fire pit after dinner. Plus, a midnight champagne toast to welcome 2019.

  • Click here to register for Ossabaw Island Foundation-sponsored events.

Schedule Your Group Trip

To apply to bring your group to Ossabaw Island for a natural, scientific, or cultural day trip or overnight, email us the following information:

  • Description of your proposed trip. (General day trip or your own prepared program, which must be described in detail.)
  • Number of participants.
  • Three preferred dates in order of preference.
  • Your contact information: name, mailing address, phone number, email.

Submit to Elizabeth, Executive Director We will notify you that we received the request. Two night minimum stay is required for overnight trips.