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Ossabaw Island – Nature and Photography

April 11 @ 3:00 pm - April 15 @ 11:00 pm

Explore nature and photography on one of Georgia’s                                            premiere barrier islands! 

We invite nature-lovers and nature photographers to join us for a salon-style, long weekend on Ossabaw Island. Ossabaw is the 3rd largest and most natural of Georgia’s barrier islands. Ancient maritime forest, salt marsh and beach environments host a broad array birds and wildlife easily seen on walks and island outings. Migratory shorebirds traveling from the southernmost tips of South America to to their Arctic nesting grounds are commonly seen near lodging houses in April. 

Fine art photographer and master naturalist Kathryn Kolb hosts this Art and Nature weekend in honor of the vision and spirit of Sandy West (1913-2021), Ossabaw’s owner, protector and advocate since the 1960s.

Mrs. West’s mission in protecting one of Georgia’s largest coastal barrier islands was to ensure a safe haven for its natural ecosystem and all its inhabitants, as well as to provide a haven for students of nature and artists, especially artists inspired by nature. Our ability to learn about and experience Ossabaw Island’s remarkable natural environment is made possible by Sandy West’s vision and dedication to protecting the island from development, and the on-going work of the Ossabaw Island Foundation.



Participants can choose from a variety of programs and activities including  Native forest ecosystem walks and excursions  Nature’s geometry and forest intelligence • Birding by sight and call  How to enhance your vision in the field using any kind of camera (including cell phones) and a short intro      to Qi Gong for beginners.

We’ll host guided outings to maritime forest, old-growth trees, a rookery (if accessible), saltmarsh, and a natural “bone yard” beach. Evenings will be open for salon-style discussions on nature, art and related topics, and one evening will include a slide show on the Nature of Photography. 

Participants can design their own weekend itinerary, combining activities with quiet, unstructured time to make photographs, paint or write and create a personal connection with the island’s natural landscape. We’ll gather as a group at meals.

Gourmet meals will be prepared fresh from scratch by Chef Leslie Varnadoreformer on-island coordinator/caretaker for Sandy West. She specializes in dock fresh seafood, vegetarian and healthy southern dishes. 

All participants must be fully vaccinated and tested for Covid and we’ll follow CDC precautions recommended at the time of the trip. 

Participants have the option for a 3-night or 4-night stay, in either the Club House or Boarding House. Fees are all-inclusive: lodging, meals, transportation to/from and on the island, and all programs.  

Trip fees, per person, for 3-night stay: Club House $995. (limit 8) Boarding House $1145. (limit 6) 

Trip fees, per person, for 4-night stay: Club House $1260. (limit 8) Boarding House $1425. (limit 6)  (availability of extra night stay may depend on # of participants)

A $450 non-refundable deposit holds your space until full payment is due            on Feb 24, 2024. 

* Note, refunds will be honored on deposits and trip fees in case of medical emergencies.

Island Lodging:  Club House is an historic early 1900’s hunting lodge, and Boarding House is an historic cottage, partially restored. Most rooms accommodate 2 people, most bathrooms will be shared. 

Because lodging is limited, our group will be the only group on the island during our stay 🙂 

To register click HERE

Questions? contact: Kathryn 404-862-0118


April 11 @ 3:00 pm
April 15 @ 11:00 pm