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Georgia 4-H at Camp Jekyll: Environmental Education

Class by Class Preparations

Please always consider which season you are visiting when you consider your clothing. Layers are a great idea at any time of year since they can keep you warm in cooler months, keep you protected from the sun any time, and help protect you from biting insects. What you find below are some specific suggestions related to each individual class. Consult your schedule to see which apply to you. You can also visit the Reservation Information page for more information about what Jekyll is like during the different seasons. Also make sure to visit our What to Bring page for general tips on packing for your field study.

CLASS
SUGGESTED DRESS/PREPARATION
Beach Ecology This class is taught almost entirely on the beach. During warmer months, it is important to protect yourself from the sun (including sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, clothing, etc.). During cooler months, a jacket and/or windbreaker helps keep you warm. This class does not permit entry into the ocean, so clothes and shoes should remain dry, but will inevitably get sandy.
Forest Ecology This class is taught both on the boardwalks leading to the beach and in the maritime forest. See above for hints about appropriate dress for beach/boardwalk environments. Bug repellant and/or long pants and long sleeve shirts can make the time spent in the maritime forest more comfortable during buggy times of year.
Marsh Ecology This class is taught almost entirely in the marsh. There are marsh boots on-site available for borrow (selection of larger size boots limited). Otherwise, shoes that can get wet and/or muddy and that will stay securely on your feet are a must. Also wear old enough clothes that you won't mind some marsh mud so that you can enjoy your experience. Again bug repellant and sun protection are important for this class.
Surf Fishing

This class takes place on the beach. This class does not permit entry into the ocean, but will take place near the surf. During warmer months, it is important to protect yourself from the sun (including sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, clothing, etc.). During cooler months, a jacket and/or windbreaker helps keep you warm. Shoes will certainly get wet and sandy (clothes may as well).

North End This class is taught at 2-3 different beach sites on our island. Information in the beach and the forest descriptions would apply to north end class.
Dock Study This class is taught about half of the time out at the docks and the other half of the time back in the lab. Bug repellant can be necessary certain times of the year as can layers of clothes. Clothes and shoes should not get wet or dirty.
Fish/Shark Dissection This class is taught inside in a classroom in the Education Center. Gloves are provided and otherwise. Clothes should not get dirty.
Herpetology This class is taught indoors, so just dress comfortably.
Orienteering This class is taught outdoors. Bug repellant and sun protection are important things to consider.
Ornithology This class is taught outdoors at a birding pond and a small amount of time may be spent indoors in our bird lab. Insect repellant and layers of clothes can make you more comfortable depending on the time of year.
Plankton This class mimics dock study in it's layout. See above.
Seining & Nets This class is taught outdoors and participants will get wet! Shirts and shoes are required at all times. Participants will enter the ocean up to their waists, so clothes and shoes that can get wet are essential. It is also important to consider sun protection in this class.
Slough Study This class is taught at 2 different slough sites on the island. Bug repellant and layers of clothes can be useful. Also, shoes that can get dirty or wet are a good idea as we sample at the edges of sloughs which can be muddy.
Sand Lab/
Beach Profile
This class is taught outdoors, with about half of the time spent in the pavilion and about half of the time out on the beach. See tips for beach class above.
Night Walk Because this class is taught in the evenings typically after sunset, it is important to prepare for changes in temperature. Layers are especially important in this class so you are comfortable. Bug repellant may also be useful during certain times of the year.

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