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Georgia 4-H at Camp Jekyll: Environmental Education

Reservation Information

Georgia 4-H at Camp Jekyll operates its day and residential environmental education programs from September through May of each school year. Our facility can accommodate up to 256 people in our cabins for a residential program. The books typically open for reservations each August for the next school year (2017-2018 books opened August 11th, 2016) Scheduling a field study involves many variables, and your choices may be limited by the availability of dates. Before you commit to a date, be sure to review the school calendar to consider your school's dates for grade level events, sporting events, holidays, breaks, testing, teacher work days, and any other school functions.

If you are able to call as soon as the books open and you have an entire school year to choose from, WHAT MONTH IS BEST? Below is a list of things to consider for each time of year. There is no way to predict the weather, and you should always be prepared to experience all that mother nature has to offer at any time.

Early Fall (September - October)
  • Weather is warm, but it's still hurricane season and can be rainy.
  • The sand gnats aren't usually biting, but the mosquitoes can be.
  • All classes are offered this time of year.
  • Students and teachers can bond early on, but fundraising needs to happen quickly.
  • Students are motivated and ready to learn.
  • Information can be a great preview for lessons all year long.
  • Doesn't usually conflict with school/system/state testing.
Late Fall (November - December)
  • Weather can be cooler, layers are necessary to be comfortable in classes.
  • The mosquitoes aren't usually biting, but the sand gnats can be.
  • The water and air temperature are too cool to offer seining and nets.
  • It's darker earlier in the evenings which makes campfire and night walks extra fun!
  • Students are motivated and ready to learn, but also anxious for the holidays.
  • Doesn't usually conflict with school/system/state testing.
Early Spring (January - March)
  • Weather is variable, so you have to come prepared for warm and cold.
  • Insects aren't usually a problem (maybe sand gnats on a warm day)
  • It's plenty dark for campfires and night walks.
  • Seining and nets is still not offered (air and water too cool).
  • Students and teachers are very comfortable with each other and know the routines.
  • Can be a nice break between winter holidays and spring break.
  • Doesn't usually conflict with school/system/state testing.
Late Spring (April - May)
  • Weather is warmer (can be windy), and can even be hot!
  • Afternoon thunderstorms are a possibility.
  • Insects depend on temperature (sand gnats cooler, mosquitoes warmer)
  • Campfire and night walks are more difficult as it stays lighter later at night.
  • Seining and nets begins again sometime in April when water temps warm up.
  • Swimming becomes more of a temptation for students, but is not allowed!
  • Can conflict with school/system/state testing, be sure to check calendar.
  • Great end of the year field study!

Reservation Contact

Richard Chewning, 4-H Center Director
550 S. Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Phone: (912) 635-4117
Fax: (912) 635-4135
Email:richrich@uga.edu
Office Hours: 8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday (voice mail 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Contract, Deposit, & Incurred Cost

Your reservation is not confirmed until we receive your signed contract and a $300 deposit. Please try to reserve with the most accurate number possible. We ask for reservations to be total number of people (students and adults total). As changes in numbers are inevitable, the first 10% drop in numbers is accepted free of charge by the center. After the first 10% drop, there is a $25 per person charge for each person reserved and not showing. Schools canceling within eight weeks of their scheduled trip will be charged $25 for each reserved space.

Transportation

Use any licensed transportation or school buses when available. It may be necessary for schools to provide transportation to certain classes while at the field study (details in "Class Listings" section). We also strongly recommend that all groups bring at least one vehicle such as a personal car (not a bus) in case of minor emergencies and for personal convenience. We are located approximately 20 minutes from Brunswick, and minor injuries and/or illnesses that require a doctor may result in teachers being gone for several hours. Of course, any participant with life threatening emergencies can be transported to the nearest medical facility by a local ambulance/EMS dispatched from the Jekyll Island Fire Station.

Student/Adult Ratios & Instruction

The minimum student to adult ratio we require from you is 13:1. The minimum number of participants required to create a dedicated program is 20 (this can be a combination of students and adults). The decision of how many adults and what mix of adults (school teachers, school/county administrators, school nurses, county extension employees, or parents) is your choice. But, please keep in mind, all individuals who come are considered "participants" and are charged the same (adults and students). We also require that all students and adults attend classes and that all adults are active in the supervision of the students. Additionally, each school is required to teach on scheduled day classes and two scheduled evening classes. The remainder of your classes will be taught by Camp Jekyll Georgia 4-H full-time teaching staff.

Thank You!

The Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program at Camp Jekyll encompasses many aspects of the marine environment, is aligned with the most current Georgia state curriculum and standards, allows students to be active participants in the learning experience, and encourages teacher-student interactions in an atmosphere much different than the traditional classroom. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share this unique learning experience with your students. It requires a great deal of work to put the field study together, but when you see a child grasp a concept and enjoy learning, you'll know it was all worthwhile. We are excited to work with you to plan your field study. Please take time to read this planner and contact us as we can be of assistance to you. We'll see you at the beach.