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“Educational without being stuffy”

Tybee Island Marine Science Center
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Owner description: We provide year-round programs for island visitors and groups . . . On the beach, in the marsh, on the water, in the classroom, and our Coastal Georgia Gallery. Our mission is to cultivate responsible stewardship of coastal Georgia's natural resources through education, conservation, and research. Island's Visitors: Walks, Talks & Treks and Sea Camp: Coastal Kids Ocean Adventure Corporate-Family-Elderhostel Groups: Authentic Coastal Experience and Floating Classrooms School Groups: Coastal Classroom Girl Scouts: Coastal Badge Program Boy and Cub Scouts: Barrier Island Patch Program and Oceanography Merit Badge Program Our Ocean Outreach program extends our educational reach to public and private events
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

We dropped into the Marine Science Center to see what it was all about. We discovered a wonderful little set of displays that educated us about the local aquatic life. We caught the Wednesday feeding of the snake and learned about some of the characters there: the tortoise who bangs on the glass to get your attention and Mathew, the sea turtle who wouldn’t stay still for pictures.
The staff were very generous explaining what they do there.
Highly recommended for all.

1  Thank Bobv-54
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

Small but informative. The staff were knowledgeable. It wasn't expensive to get and I'd go back again.

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

My wife and I walked by after walking on the pier. It was near closing time so we decided to come back the next day. We were very impressed by the staff. They were patient with kids, informative, and passionate about caring for marine life and reducing negative impacts people can have on the environment. We were very impressed! It is a small space, but they make as much as could be made out of it! I learned a lot about a variety of creatures, and learned new terms like "pelagic" and "benthic" that I had not known before.

Thank Travis C
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Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

We always try to add some educational outings on our family vacations. This place is small, but great! The staff spent lots of time with our seven year old, answered all his questions. The behind the scenes tour is really informative. You see how they can quarantine animals, how they filter the water and how they feed the animals. All the animals are only kept there a short time and released back to the sea if they are physically able. If you love turtles, they have lots, including babies.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Small but sweet. Well worth the visit. We don’t like having to pay to park but on an island there are limited spaces so we understand the reason for it. This is geared more for younger kids but mom & dad will enjoy learning about local marine life. Our teen was bored because she’s been to the “Big City Aquariums.” We want to respect all work conducted in conservation and education so we visit all the local places like this and we always put money in the donation boxes. Pay it forward! A little bit goes a long way! The animals are taken care of and the focus is on education not commercialism.

Thank Catherine T
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Brenda M, Public Relations Manager at Tybee Island Marine Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2018

Thanks for your review, Catherine! Parking fees help maintain critical island services available to visitors and residents alike, such as the cost of life guards during the summer season. As a non-profit, our mission is to teach visitors about coastal Georgia and stewardship of our natural resources, which we do by practicing a catch and release protocol for all of our native species. Your extra donation helps us with overhead expenses as well as husbandry needs for all of the 250+ creatures we usually have in-house. We are currently housed in the old police station and our staff has created all of the exhibits you saw, although we are working toward building a new center on the north end of the island.

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