Sapelo Island Reserve, Georgia

State

Georgia

State Partner

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Acres

6,110

Est. Date

1976

The Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve protects 6,110 acres of high-quality saltmarsh and tidal waters in the center of the Georgia coast. The Reserve’s outreach and research initiatives focus on the island’s natural ecosystems and its cultural and historical resources. The renowned University of Georgia Marine Institute is located within the Reserve. The island has a rich Native American history, dating back more than 4,500 years. Reserve attractions include Nanny Goat Beach and the Sapelo Lighthouse. The historic Reynolds Mansion sits within Reserve boundaries and is operated as a guest lodge by Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources Parks & Historic Sites Division. The Sapelo Island Visitors Center near the mainland ferry dock welcomes visitors and educates them about the unique ecological, historical, and cultural features of Sapelo Island.

Did You Know…

Sapelo Island is home to Georgia’s last intact Gullah-Geechee community, Hog Hammock, which is located outside of the Reserve.

Latest News from the Sapelo Island Reserve

Science for a Changing Fishery

Science for a Changing Fishery

Many people in the Southeast depend on the shrimp industry for their livelihoods. However, the annual catch for white and brown shrimp—which together bring in more than $400 million …

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Welcome, Mackenzie!

Welcome, Mackenzie!

We’re happy to announce a new addition to the Sapelo Island Reserve team: Mackenzie Maxwell, the new Volunteer Coordinator. She brings a good mix of customer service and nonprofit experience to her role.

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Talk NERRdy to Me: Adam MacKinnon

Talk NERRdy to Me: Adam MacKinnon

Talk NERRdy to Me is a monthly column about leaders and luminaries from across our 29—soon to be 30—Reserves. This month, NERRA’s correspondent-at-large Nik Charov interviewed Adam MacKinnon, education coordinator at Georgia’s Sapelo Island Reserve. They talked shipwrecks, disentangling whales, and 4,500 years of Sapelo Island history.

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Sapelo Island Reserve, Georgia