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Day Classes
Turbid Waters: The intertidal zone is home to many species of plants and animals.
Through biological, physical, and chemical analysis, students will observe and discover
how human and natural factors influence the health of the intertidal zone. [
Merely Plankton: Students will become part of an in depth study about both
phytoplankton and zooplankton through hands on activities. Students will collect,
observe, and identify living plankton in our microscope laboratory while learning the
importance they play in an ocean ecosystem. [
Muck, Snails & Rails: Marshes tend to be associated with one thing: MUD! These
amazing places, however, are more then just mud. They are thriving ecosystems with
thousands of species that inhabit them. Students will examine the marshlands here at
Driftwood. We will explore the animal and plant species and discover why these
locations are so important to pollution control. Important Note: YOU WILL GET
MUDDY! There are two choices, Dry Marsh and Muddy Marsh. Dry Marsh Class is mud
on hands face and feet only. Muddy Marsh is completely muddy! THIS IS A VERY
MUDDY CLASS AND CANNOT BE TAKEN IN CONJUNCTION WITH CUMBERLAND
ISLAND.
Transit Trawl - Costs $13 extra Per Person: Throw out the net mates! Let’s see what we
can haul in and study, as we head out on a pontoon boat and look at interesting
organisms. Lead by a boat captain and his crew, students will learn about trawling nets,
trawl boats, and investigate the organisms that we catch. We will also look for marine
mammals that sometimes like to visit the Frederica River. There is an additional fee per
student for this class.
Shark Dissection-Cost extra $5 per students This class is so popular, we made it into it's
own program! Underneath the murky waters of Southeast Georgia live a large number
of shark species. Join us as we uncover the mysteries and myths behind these elusive
creatures. In this class students will dissect a dogfish shark, learn about the six senses of
sharks, and how they compare to humans and other animals. There is an additional
nominal fee for this class, call for pricing.
Ocean Motion: Explore the world of marine vertebrates and invertebrates in our lab.
Students will be able to handle such animals as crabs, sea anemones, shrimp and
molluscs in our touch tank. An in depth study of these animals and their adaptations
will be supplemented by a group fish dissection.
Cassina: Cassina is a cultural journey back in time to discover what it was like to be a
Timucuan Native American. Make rope, use their tools and weapons, live in a Timucuan
style camp, and enjoy tea as we compare the Timucuan culture to our own. [
Gator Tales: By holding snakes, touching alligators, and exploring our turtle enclosures,
students will learn about these modern organisms with amazing adaptations. We will
identify different species through the discovery process. Discussions and handling of
these reptiles will lead students to identify and understand Georgia’s indigenous
species. [
Feather Physics: Students will examine the general principles behind the physics of
flight. We will discuss the forms of aerial locomotion, and the animals that use them.
Students will be immersed in experimentation, discussion, and observation to
understand these flight principles. [
Bird Brains: Students will learn what makes a bird a bird. We will look at a bird’s
structure and determine how different species are adapted for different environments.
Students will become expert ornithologists as we head out to the field with binoculars
to locate different species of birds on St. Simons Island. [
Trackers: Have you ever wondered what type of animals live around your home? How
can you find out? In “Trackers,” students will investigate Driftwood’s backyard to learn
how to identify animals through close observation of the signs they leave in the forest.
Through several activities, students will hone their observation skills and perhaps come
face to face with some of our local species.
Buddy Squad: (for field groups of 10 or more students) Everyone needs a buddy.
During Buddy Squad students will work together with classmates to accomplish a variety
of team building activities. Throughout these challenges students should gain skills
necessary to work in social settings and be able to relate these concepts in their own
lives.
High Ropes Challenge Course:
Costs Extra Per Person (Call for Price): Learning how to work as a team player requires
focusing on communication and listening skills that strengthen trust and self-confidence.
Peak Pursuits, Inc. challenge courses (High Ropes-30 feet- and Low Ropes -ground level-)
provide exciting and fun opportunities for problem solving and leadership development.
High Ropes elements may include, zip line, pamper pole, rock climbing wall, postman's
walk, and others.
If you want to go to the beach, you must choose 2 of 3 of the following.
1. Seining: Students will learn how to use a 30-foot seine net to sample the ocean’s rich
abundance of life. Several fish species, crabs, and shrimp are commonly caught, as well
as squid, jellyfish, and the elusive sea cucumber. We discuss adaptations and behaviors
of creatures that we catch. Be prepared to get wet and have fun!
2. Barrier Island Dynamics: Study beach geology, barrier island dynamics, and tides right
where it all happens: the beach! Students will gain a better appreciation for the plants
and animals that call the coast their home. [
3. The Living Beach: In this class students will explore the species diversity of the
Georgia Coast. Students will learn about the plant and animal species that inhabit Eat
Beach, and participate in games and activities. [
Beach Classes: You will need to provide your own transportation to the beach. Thank
you!
Evening Programs
Got Ink? Squid are known as one of the most intelligent and intriguing invertebrates in
the marine world. By doing their own dissection, and participating in a teacher led
discussion, students will be taken on a journey of discovery while learning what makes
this mollusc unique. [
Evening Beach Exploration: Humans are most comfortable during the day, but join us as
we take you out of your comfort zone, and explore our nearby trails at night! Students
will use all five senses to examine what it is like have to survive at night. Several
nocturnal activities will get participants rethinking the abilities that creatures must have
in order to thrive in dark places. This is a seasonal activity.
Evening Exploration: Humans are most comfortable during the day, but join us as we
take you out of your comfort zone, and explore our nearby trails at night! Students will
use all five senses to examine what it is like have to survive at night. Several nocturnal
activities will get participants rethinking the abilities that creatures must have in order
to thrive in dark places. This is a seasonal activity.
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Fire Circle: Tell stories, sing songs and reflect on your experiences at Driftwood. This
activity is done as a large group. There are no pre and post activities for this class.
Movin ‘n’ Groovin: Students will enjoy free form dancing to kid friendly popular
music. Our instructors will also lead students in line dances such as the electric slide.
Brain Twister: Just a few years ago, NASA discovered a new planet just like Earth and
they want students to create a Lander that will survive the drop down to the planets
surface. Using limited government funds, students will buy their supplies, then build
and test their Lander!!
Spartina Show: What do push-ups, scaring monsters, and answering trivia questions all
have in common? They’re all part of our new evening program: The Spartina Show! The
Spartina Show is a mix of trivia, comedy, imagination and so much more. There are 5
different categories in a Jeopardy like setting, teams of students will imagine and create
their way through different challenges. With difficulty levels rated as “Mild, Medium,
Hot, and Inferno,” the challenges are as “spicy” as the difficulty levels!
Island Cinema: After a long day of walking, learning and exploring the coast, kick back
and relax as Driftwood presents Island Cinema! Bring sleeping bags, pillows and your
favorite snack while watching a movie on Driftwoods Monster size movie screen and
sound system. You will have your socks knocked off your feet! This a great option after
a long field trip to Cumberland Island or Okefenokee Swamp. Driftwood has a very
limited supply of movies to choose from so we recommend bring your own.
Recreation Period: This class is supervised by Teachers and Chaperones, NOT our
instructors. This is a free time period where students can use the basketball, volleyball,
and tennis courts, as well as the soccer field. Equipment will be provided. This class can
also be a day program if you would like. There
Field Trips
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Day Trip- $20 extra per person: Climb to the top
of an observation tower and overlook hundreds of acres of this National Wildlife Refuge
where alligators and endangered sand hill cranes are a common sight. Students will
learn about the hardships of swamp life at the Chesser homestead and study many rare
and endangered plants and animals that live along the edges of a ¾ mile long
boardwalk. And, get up close and personal with some of the 13,000 alligators that make
their home here on a boat ride through the Suwannee Canal.
Okefenokee Canoe Day Trip- $27 extra per person Paddle down the Suwannee Canal
enjoying beautiful scenery and a relaxed atmosphere. Along the way, students will
study the flora and fauna located in the tannic acid water ecosystem of Okefenokee
Swamp. No prior experience is necessary.
Cumberland Island National Seashore Day Trip - $24 extra Per Student/ $28 extra Per
Adult: Visit this beautiful, undeveloped barrier island that is accessible only by a
ferryboat. The 4-mile hike wanders through maritime forest, mansion ruins from the
Carnegie family, and along the beach. Students will go seining and study the beach
environment as described in the Living Beach, Barrier Island Dynamics and Seining
classes. We require 7 months notice by the teacher or no assurances can be given.
Jekyll Island Day Trip - $10 per person Come and explore Jekyll Island State park! Jekyll
is just a short drive away accessible by causeway. We will spend the day hiking on the
beach, strolling through the marsh and catching local animal life in our seine nets.
Students will also learn about erosion and how they change the islands up and down the
coast. We will also explore Driftwood beach or what the locals call Bone Yard beach!
The same material is covered on Jekyll as it is on Cumberland Island. Students will go
seining and study the beach environment as described in the Living Beach, Barrier
Island Dynamics and Seining classes.
**All field trips require transportation by the school to the place of interest.
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