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:

  • You're invited! Book Launch for Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture: Environmental Histories of the Georgia Coast (UGA Press, 2018) Thursday, January 17, 2019

    part of the Ossabaw Island Foundation Annual Meeting & Sandy West 106th Birthday Celebration

    6:00pm Reception and book signing

    7:00pm Lecture by Paul S. Sutter and Janisse Ray (part of Ossabaw annual meeting)

    8:15pm Book signing and birthday cake honoring Sandy West

    Coastal Georgia Center 305 Fahm Street, Savannah

    Sponsored by University of Georgia Press
    Bouhan Falligant LLP
    Savannah Community Foundation Emerging Leaders Committee

    Order your book now!  Discounted "Book Launch" price:  $27  (Retail price: $32.95)

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.