addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-checkcircle-with-crosscircle-with-pluscrossdots-three-verticaleditemptyheartexporteye-with-lineeyefacebookfolderfullheartglobegmailgooglegroupshelp-with-circleimageimagesinstagramlinklocation-pinm-swarmSearchmailmessagesminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1ShapeoutlookpersonJoin Group on CardStartprice-ribbonShapeShapeShapeShapeImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartickettrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruserwarningyahoo

Explore Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, Darien, Georgia

This is an all-day group trip. Arrive Sapelo Island Visitors Center, 1766 Landing Rd. SE, Darien, GA 31305, at 8 a.m. for 8:30 a.m. ferry to island. Cost: $30, for ferry, four-hour bus tour, and reserved lunch at the R.J. Reynolds Mansion. Cash only. We depart the island on the 2:30 p.m. ferry.

Please be sure you will be able to attend. A reservation obligates you to pay for your trip. Maximum: 25. Reservations close on Sunday, Nov. 3.

Maps and other information at Sapelo Island reserve website: http://nerrs.noaa.gov/Reserve.aspx?ResID=SAP.

The Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve is one of 28 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reserves in the U.S. The reserve occupies one third of Georgia's fourth largest barrier island. The reserve is managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. It covers more than 6,100 acres, including upland maritime forest, hammock island, tidal marsh and beach.

Our guide will be a biologist/educator with the reserve. We'll visit Long Tabby, lighthouse, research lab, Hog Hammock Geechee community and Reynolds Mansion, where we'll have lunch. We should see many water birds as well as the Southern bald eagle and peregrine falcons.

The island has been occupied for 4,500 years. Prior to arrival of Europeans in the 1520s, it was part of the Guale nation. In the 1800s, it was a thriving plantation. In 1934, it was purchased by tobacco heir Richard J. Reynolds, Jr.,who created the Sapelo Island Research Foundation. He worked with the University of George to set up labs which became part of the University of Georgia Marine Institute. The State began to buy the land in 1969.

Bring water, rain gear, snacks and insect spray.

Make reservations and arrange carpools on Meetup. We will caravan from Publix, 4413 Town Center Pkwy (near St. Johns Town Center) off I-295 East (9A), north of JTB. We will depart promptly at 6:20 a.m. Estimated driving time from Publix: 1.5 hours.

Join or login to comment.

  • Dagmar

    A link to a video about Allen Bailey, NFL football star for the Kansas City Chiefs, Hog Hammock's famous son, on being from Sapelo Island. http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=8978045

    2 · November 14, 2013

  • Rosemary

    Great day on Sapelo. Thank you June for organizing this outing and gathering all of us on this quaint island. I'm glad to hear that Steve is ok. For any who may be interested " google" Yvonne Grovner. She is famous for more than driving a school bus at unwavering speed down the autobahn or forest trail.

    4 · November 13, 2013

    • Pamela K.

      Love your description of the bus ride!

      November 14, 2013

    • Dagmar

      Having Yvonne as our bus driver most definitely added to our tour guide's great island tour-a maximized experience for a limited time frame. Yvonne made it a point to stop the bus to show us a gator she spotted on the bank, of a creek and the eagles' nest in the forest. We also got a chance to step out of the bus at stops she made to let people photograph the historic African American "Behavior Cemetery" and the unique monument honoring turkeys, "Turkey Fountain."

      November 14, 2013

  • Maureen O.

    Thanks to Sierra Club, and all the great helpers at Sapelo Island who were so kind to us when my husband took a fall. Just to let you know he is fine, alto decorated with some fine staples.

    3 · November 13, 2013

    • Karen P.

      I am so glad to hear this!

      November 13, 2013

    • Pamela K.

      Happy he is on the mend! You are such a sweet couple.

      1 · November 14, 2013

  • Darryl D.

    1 · November 13, 2013

    • Karen P.

      Very interesting!!

      2 · November 13, 2013

    • Pamela K.

      This is so interesting and informative. I really wanted to know more about the ring mound. Excellent. Thank you Darryl

      1 · November 14, 2013

  • Dagmar

    Great day trip! Saw a lot of this interesting, historic island in a few hours on our guided bus tour. Stopped to see: tabby ruins of historic Chocolate Plantation with associated slave cabins , an extensive and very impressive 12 foot high Native American circular midden, Hog Hammock Community ( founded by freed slaves- now population 70), the historic Reynolds Mansion- original site of Spaulding's home ( Scotch plantation owner), and we even got some exercise climbing the 72/ 76 steps of the historic restored 1820 Sapelo lighthouse.

    1 · November 12, 2013

    • Pamela K.

      Thank you for this wonderful summary, Dagmar.

      1 · November 14, 2013

  • Pamela K.

    Thanks to all of you for your interesting comments, flexibility, and kindness. I agree Sapelo is a place to see again and further explore. I don't know, but I feel there are some true writers in this group based on your wonderful descriptions of the day. Sierra Club outings Rock! (I know Steve I am aging myself once again. HAHA!)

    1 · November 14, 2013

  • June

    Thank you all for great photos and comments. I am very glad to know that you had a wonderful day. Hope to see you soon on another trip.

    2 · November 13, 2013

  • Richard C.

    Having organized off-site tours during my civilian Nary career, I know the difficulties, uncertainties and the immense coordination it takes to bring all the elements together for a successful event such as this. Joan, Pam, Maureen and (later) Rosemary did a spectacular job in putting together what was probably the very best Sierra Club event we've attended so far. It is unfortunate that one of our members was injured and couldn't complete the program, but I thought the response from Pam and Maureen and the tour guides was as well as could have possibly been expected under the circumstances. I wouldn't have changed anything on the agenda. If there were more time before the last ferry leaves the island, we could have seen more, but there is only so much you can do. I thought all our time was well spent. We can all return on our own for tours that emphasize other parts of the island. Overall, a 5-Star A+!

    3 · November 13, 2013

  • Pamela K.

    Thanks everyone for a great day. All is well. Beautiful Island thanks to Yvonne (sp?) and Adam for a great tour.

    November 13, 2013

  • Karen P.

    Thanks for organizing this trip. Really enjoy the history of the island. I would have also like to have seen the beach side. Maybe next time, nice group , and lunch was wonderful. Took lots of photos and will post later.

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice group and beautiful day. Enjoyed the science discussions, the boat ride, the bus trip, and the historical context that was provided. Wished we would have seen the beach and hiked..

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • CiCi

    Is anyone interested in carpooling?

    November 5, 2013

    • CiCi

      Hi Karen. I live in baymeadows. Do you want to ride with me or I ride with you? Give me a call. [masked]

      November 11, 2013

    • Karen P.

      I will be leaving from Mandarin. Go pick up rental car. Driving straight up.

      November 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My mother ended up in hospital. She's doing well, but need to be here locally. Enjoy the trip.

    November 10, 2013

  • June

    Hi Travelers: IMPORTANT INFO
    The ferry leaves at 8:30 a.m. Please arrive at Sapelo Island Visitor Center by 8 a.m. If you miss the ferry, you miss the trip.
    Please read trip description carefully.For weather, check: www.noaa.gov.
    A link for directions is on appears above.
    Important:
    1. I regret I will be unable to go on the trip. Maureen Orr and Pam Keramati will serve as Sierra coordinators and meet you at the visitor center.
    2. They may leave from Publix at St. Johns Town Center earlier than 6:20 a.m. If you want to follow their car, you must send me a message with your phone and email.
    3. When you buy ferry tickets, be sure to state you are with the Sierra Club Group Tour.
    Have a great time.
    June

    November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just changed my RSVP, I won't be able to make the trip, but somebody will get off the wait list so there's some good!

    November 7, 2013

  • Darryl D.

    I will be driving a Honda Accord from Fernandina. Contact me if you want to pool.

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • Karen P.

    I am going to be leaving out of Mandarin, and driving straight up there.

    November 7, 2013

  • June

    Dear Folks: More questions. To further clarify: Only those people whose names are confirmed as on the trip or were on the waitlist as of 11/3 are going on the trip. We have a total of 33. The trip is full; no one will be added. Also when I asked you to let me know re caravanning, I was not offering to arrange a carpool. I was suggesting that you could meet me in your car at Publix and follow my car. Sierra has a policy that individuals must arrange their own carpools. We cannot take responsibilty for carpools.

    Please post your interest in carpooling on our meetup site. I hope you find someone to carpool with. Otherwise, you can let me know that you want to meet at Publix and follow my car to Sapelo.

    Sorry for confusion.
    Best, June

    November 4, 2013

    • Karen P.

      If we choose not to drive out to Publix, I prefer to go ahead and drive there, is there a map that we can follow that will take us to the ferry?

      November 6, 2013

  • Karen P.

    I sent you a message in your inbox, bake chicken is nice.

    November 6, 2013

  • Maureen F.

    Put my name on waiting list. Now don't see it there. Nor am I on the list of attendees. I see this was opened up for 33 spots???

    November 6, 2013

  • hallie

    June. I tried to cancel on Oct 21 as my mother is having surgery. I guess I did not do it correctly. Sorry would have loved to have gone. Hope someone can use my spot. Thanks

    1 · November 6, 2013

  • June

    Good morning, thank you for your prompt responses. I have Dagmar, Richard and Jim (1) down for vegetarian and Tom and Nancy down for no meat or dairy.
    Thank you also for recognizing that our lunch is catered and local staff is purchasing and preparing food on our behalf, so please let me know before 3 p.m. today if you need to cancel or over the weekend if it becomes necessary. They took our booking on the honor system.
    We should have a wonderful day.

    November 6, 2013

    • anne marie m.

      Hi June. Im starting in a new position at work Monday and honestly not sure of my days I'll be working next week. So I'm going to have to cancel. Hopefully someone will be able to get my spot.

      November 6, 2013

  • June

    Hi everyone, Looking forward to seeing you all in a few weeks. Please re-check your calendars to make sure you can go on this weekday trip. As you can see, we have many folks waitlisted. I will be sending you more information as we get closer to the event.

    Dee: please note that it's our club policy that only Sierra Club activities or events selected by Sierra Leaders are posted on our meetup site.
    Thank you.

    1 · October 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Nancy and I don't eat meat or dairy.

      November 6, 2013

  • Jayne O.

    Hi June, thanks for putting together this great adventure. Unfortunately for me I must work that day. Hope someone can jump on board! Have fun. Next time. Jayne Orr

    November 4, 2013

  • June

    Hi Folks, I've gotten some questions. Here are answers:
    1. The ferry ride is about 20-30 minutes long.
    2. I apologize for the confusion for anyone who is not already signed up for the trip and still got the most recent trip email. That was sent in error to a larger list. The trip is closed. No one will be added at this point.
    Enjoy the day.

    November 4, 2013

  • Trish

    Looking forward to the trip. So happy to be off the wait list!

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • hallie

    No longer can attend. See you soon

    October 21, 2013

  • Karen P.

    A week ago I thought I was like number 2 on the wait list, like to know how I got down to number 5.?

    October 7, 2013

  • June

    Hi Everybody, thanks for notes. When you have questions, please re-read over the trip description carefully. I try to deal with everything. Yes, I am taking care of the Ferry and Luncheon reservations. Just bring money to pay for them.

    For your information and reassurance, I always confirm plans with tour guides, sites, caterers, et.al., a week before a trip and often again a few days before to confirm numbers. This is very important to avoid potential problems/disappointments. I also will confirm with you all on this site prior to the trip. Best wishes to all. Enjoy Fall. November will be here fast.
    Looking forward to seeing or meeting all of you.
    June

    P.S. Anne Marie, please tell your owner that dogs, even very cute ones, cannot come on this trip. Maybe someday we'll have a volunteer to lead canine trips.

    September 29, 2013

  • Karen P.

    I just read that June handles the reservation.

    September 29, 2013

  • June

    Dear Folks: We pay at the ferry for the ferry and tour. We pay at the Mansion for our reserved group lunch. They do not take credit cards. Please bring cash. I have taken care of group reservations.

    Because of the limited spots, please only reserve when you know you definitely can come. We probably will have a wait list, but because it's a weekday, openings may be harder to fill as we get closer to the event.
    Thank you.
    Happy Weekend to all.

    September 1, 2013

    • Karen P.

      Where is the information to make a reserve spot on the ferry over???

      September 29, 2013

    • Karen P.

      Should this event get canceled, I hope Sapelo let's the club know, I heard that another group went up, and Sapelo canceled the tour and did not notify anyone. Everyone drove up there.

      September 29, 2013

  • Karen P.

    Today, I went to add another guest with me, not knowing it was going to bump me off the go list. I was one of the few that signed rsvp early, I now will be coming alone and was wondering if I can get back on the go list and be taken off the wait list. I did not know this was going to happen, and I took off from work so I could attend this. Any chance I can be put back under the go list?

    September 20, 2013

  • Karen P.

    Where do you pay for this? Do you do it on the meet up site? or pay when we arrive?

    August 31, 2013

  • Karen P.

    I would love to attend this and was wondering if I could catch a ride with someone. I live out in the Fruit Cove area and can meet up at the St. Johns town center.

    August 31, 2013

  • June

    Hi All, there's a ton of good information on the reserve's website, including a variety of maps and directions to the Meridian Ferry Dock.
    Directions to Meridian Dock:
    Traveling Northbound on I-95; Exit 42, Hwy 99, to Meridian Ferry Dock.

    http://www.sapelonerr.org/home/plan-your-trip/directions-to-meridian-dock/

    August 31, 2013

  • June

    I have made reservations for the group for the ferry, the tour and lunch. Credit cards are not accepted. See you at the Visitors' Center.

    August 31, 2013

  • Dagmar

    Bill, Do we need to make ferry reservations with the park service on our own in addition to clicking yes on Meetup?

    August 30, 2013

    • Bill A.

      I think June is handling the reservations. Right, June.

      August 30, 2013

    • Dagmar

      Really looking forward to seeing Sapelo Island! Let us know if we need to prepay either you or the Park Service, June.

      August 30, 2013

21 went

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy