Have you ever dissected a shark or analyzed the South Georgia marsh for organisms and sea animals?  Do you know the history behind Fort Pulaski?  Have you ever wondered why reptiles do not have to eat three meals a day?  Floyd County Schools fifth-grade Kaleidoscope students recently visited the 4H Burton Center at Tybee Island and experienced all of these things and learned so much about the sea environment!  Approximately 70 fifth grade students traveled to Tybee Island for three full days that introduced the students to the marsh environment of the area.

“The students had a great time learning and working together in different activities,” commented Judy Roebuck, a Kaleidoscope teacher.  “Students made new friends from other schools, experienced ‘KP’ or ‘Kitchen Patrol’ duty, and lived the camp life for a couple of days!”

The Burton 4-H Center Environmental Education Program is administered by the University of Georgia Extension and is located on six acres of Tybee Island, Georgia.  Tybee Island itself is just over three miles long and densely populated.  The entire island is used for the educational classes during the students’ visit.  

The Center offers teachers and their students a varied of both natural and equipment resources to aid in the learning process.  The Environmental Education Program is customized per specific objectives requested by the visiting school.  

School trips to Tybee Island make the school program more meaningful by applying knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real-life situations. The trip provided experiences in scientific processes such as observing, measuring and classifying. Children also cultivate curiosity, critical reasoning and evaluation skills that can be added to their learning toolbox.

On the last evening at Tybee, the students walk on the beach at sunset and gather around a campfire to make S’mores!   Roebuck added, “What a great experience for our students!”