Resources

To determine whether or not to irrigate, do what our golf course superintendents do. Go to www.GeorgiaWeather.net, next go to Skidaway, then look at “Yesterday’s Conditions”. If there has been little evapotranspiration over the past few days, you can keep your irrigation system in the OFF position.

Looking for lists of native plants. Go to www.CoastalWildscapes.org The non profits mission is to actively preserve and restore the highly significant biodiversity of the Southeastern coastal ecosystems.

For information on getting a garden plot, ways to support the community garden or become involved, www.Skidawayfarms.com.

There are two garden clubs at The Landing with active memberships: The Landings Garden Club (www.thelandingsgardenclub.com) and Green Thumb Garden Club (www.landingslandlovers.com/node/70.)

Island Neighbors

We share the island with a 588-acre state park, www.gastateparks.org SkidawayIsland. To receive information on park events, sign up on skidawayislandstatepark@yahoo.com.

We share the island with UGA Marine Education and Aquarium, www.marex.uga.edu, a site that offers up schedules for community programs, information about the aquarium, a natural history of coastal Georgia and, under Related Links, a connection to places to visit.

An environmental education center 17 miles from The Landings, Oatland Island Wildlife Center (www.oatlandisland.org) makes for a wonderful outing for visitors to Savannah, and especially for children who can run and jump along the trails and extensive boardwalks that go out over the marshes and see a wide variety of wildlife and birds. The wolf exhibit is spectacular, especially if you hear them howling. Open every day from 10 to 4 p.m. (guests can remain on grounds until 5 p.m.) except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

There are seven wildlife refuges that make up the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex. They run in a chain from Pinckney Island, SC (near Hilton Head) to Wolf Island NWR near Darien, GA, a span of 100 miles of coastline, and are operated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The largest of the refuges is the Savannah Wildlife Refuge (www.fws.gov/savannah) , with a visitor center located on US 17 in Jasper County SC. It takes about 40 minutes to drive from The Landings to the center (694 Beech Hill Lane, Hardeeville, SC 29927) which is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Federal holidays, and is the perfect place from which to plan a visit.

Another in this chain of wildlife refuges is Harris Neck (www.fws.gov/harrisneck), nearly 3000 acres of diverse habitat that attracts many different species of birds in all seasons. The trip to Harris Neck in Townsend, GA 31331 is under an hour and a half from The Landings.

Melon Bluff Nature & Heritage Reserve is less than an hour away (299 Islands Highway, Midway, GA 31320.) As of now, it is only open by appointment for groups of six or more. Phone 912-880-4500.

Other Organizations

Savannah Ogeechee Audubon (www.savogeecheeaudubon.org) is a chapter of the National Audubon Society. Many Landings residents and noted birders are members and a number serve on the board. The website is full of opportunities for educational meetings and field trips. Current president is Sandy Beasley.

The Plant a Tree program of the Savannah Tree Foundation (www.savannahtree.com) enables you to plant trees in honor or memory of someone. The foundation offers many ways to be involved — educational programs, work parties and opportunities to explore. The website lists local trails to walk or bike: Whitemarsh Preserve Trail System, McQueen’s Island Historic Trail from Whitemarsh to Tybee on a former railroad bed (www.chathamcounty.org/pwps_mcqueen.html) and the 16.5 mile Savannah-Ogeechee Barge Canal, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which is in the process of being turned into a multi-purpose linear park (for information, call 912-748-8068.)

The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge reopened on July 29, 2011. The Savannah NWR consists of over 29,000 acres of freshwater marshes, tidal rivers and creeks and bottomland hardwoods. The refuge is located in the heart of the Lowcountry, a band of low land, bordered on the west by sandhill ridges and on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, extending from Georgetown, South Carolina to St. Mary’s, Georgia.

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