Located midway on the Georgia coastline on the eastern fringe of McIntosh County, Sapelo Island is defined by the Sapelo River to the north, the waters of Doboy Sound to the south, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Duplin River to the west. The 16,500-acre island is the 4th largest barrier island in the State of Georgia.
The goal of the McDuffie Environmental Education Center (MEEC) is to provide students with stimulating outdoor experiences about the ecology of our wildlife, water, soils and forests while emphasizing good stewardship of these important resources. This 570-acre site offers two interpretive nature trails, five outdoor classrooms, hands-on nature exhibits, two indoor science classrooms, two covered picnic pavilions, an outdoor amphitheater and a butterfly garden, as well as fields, forests, wetlands, ponds, and streams. MEEC is open by appointment only.
Grand Bay is a partnership between the Wildlife Resources Division and the Coastal Plains RESA. This facility offers a 1/2-mile boardwalk, a 54-foot tower, and an education center. A certified teacher is on hand for a full day of instruction. Make reservations as early in the school year as possible, even as early as the first day of pre-planning. Local schools have priority over other groups.
For more information, please visit the Grand Bay page of the Coastal Plains RESA website.
Arrowhead is located at the Wildlife Resources Division-Game Management Section Regional office near Armuchee. The 337-acre Wildlife Management Area was originally a farming community and later developed into a privately-owned fish hatchery. Bought by the state in 1968, the hatchery was operational until 1979. Today, the 14 hatchery ponds are currently used to aid in the management of waterfowl and wildlife. The site also offers a 2.2-mile interpretive nature trail that encompasses both forested and wetland habitats.
Smithgall Woods Regional Education Center (SWREC) was established at the Smithgall Woods - Dukes Creek Conservation Area in 1997 in response to the growing demand for hands-on environmental education. Smithgall Woods is situated on 5,600 acres, most of which was acquired by the state of GA through a gift-purchase from Charles Smithgall, Jr., a noted conservationist and entrepreneur.
"There are heartbeats in the wilderness. They share our moments in the mountains, in the swamps, and in and on the waters of our land, wherever we might be. They are the large part of the reason we are there, whether with a camera, gun, fishing rod, or pack sack on."