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.
- Wild Night on Ossabaw: New Year’s Eve Overnight Trip: Sat. December 31, 2017 – Sun. January 1, 2018 - SOLD OUT.
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 2017.
- Get Creative on Ossabaw: Two-night Trip, Wed. January 3 – Fri. January 5.
Paint, sketch, write, or take photos on Ossabaw Island. Let the island be your muse. Spend two nights and experience the island’s inspiring features of marsh vistas, maritime forests, and wildlife sightings. Bring your own art supplies. Hosted by the Ossabaw Island Foundation. Click here for more information and to register.
- Super Museum Sunday on Ossabaw Island: Sun. February 11
Visit Ossabaw Island as part of the city-wide Super Museum Sunday event. The boat to Ossabaw departs at 12:00 P.M. from the Rodney J. Hall boat ramp of Diamond Causeway. Enjoy a day-trip, free of admission, with only a $30 boat fee. Hosted by The Ossabaw Island Foundation.
- Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat: Fri. February 23 – Fri. March 2
The retreat offers participants six days and five nights (additional two-night stay available) of individualized workshops, lectures, readings, and manuscript consultations. Faculty: Craig Johnson, Beverly Donofrio, Neil Shepard, and Tony Morris. Limited to eighteen participants.
Click Here to Register (www.ossabawwritersretreat.org) or call (912) 344-3123
- Day Trip Tour of Ossabaw Island’s Beach and North End: Sat. April 21
Travel by pontoon boat with Captain Mike Neal of Bull River Cruises to the island’s North End for an interpretive tour that includes ecology and history. Hosted by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
- Ossabaw Island Yoga Retreat: Fri. May 4 – Sun. May 6
Renew your spirit on Ossabaw Island with yoga classes on the beach, evening pranayama and meditation. Hosted by Coastal Yoga Therapy. Register by February 1.
Click Here for More Information and to Register
- Creative Day Trip: Sat. June 2
Paint, sketch, write, or take photos on Ossabaw Island. Let the island by your muse. After a brief history presentation, you’ll have several hours to wander the North End on your own and experience the island’s inspiring features of marsh vistas, maritime forests, wildlife sightings. Bring your own art supplies. Hosted by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
- Dig Ossabaw Island, Work as an Archeologist for a day: Sat. June 23
Led by the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources' Archaeology Division and the University of Georgia, this excavation of a 19th-century plantation site on Ossabaw Island is the fifth year of a ten-year archaeological project on Ossabaw Island. Hosted by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
- Turtle Hatching Two-night Weekend: Fri. July 27 – Sun. July 29, or, Fri. August 3 – Sun. August 5
Watch Georgia DNR Sea Turtle Conservation Program interns as they inventory loggerhead turtle nests for eggs and live hatchlings. In 2017, 316 sea turtle nests were documented on Ossabaw. Led by coastal ecologist/naturalist John “Crawfish” Crawford and hosted by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
- Be Creative on Ossabaw: Two-night Trip, Tues. July 31 – Fri. August 2
Paint, sketch, write, or take photos on Ossabaw Island. Let the island by your muse. Spend two nights and experience the island’s inspiring features of marsh vistas, maritime forests, wildlife sightings. Bring your own art supplies. Hosted by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org We will notify you that we received the request.
Two night minimum stay is required for overnight trips.