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  • Locations: Brunswick, GA, United States; Jekyll Island, GA, United States;
  • Program Terms: Maymester
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Category: UGA Domestic Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 6-10 students Classes With: U.S. Students, UGA Students
Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professor(s) College/School: CED
Language Program: No Language of Instruction: English
Minimum number of credit hours: 3 Maximum number of credit hours: 3
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: Yes Housing Location: Off-Campus
Program Description:

Georgia Coastal Field Studies

The Georgia Coast is a special place in our state and nation, presenting the most unspoiled barrier islands in the nation and offering opportunities for studying a fascinating history and sense of place.  The Preservation Field School at the Georgia Coast gives students an introduction to the landscape, culture, and architecture of the region and also exposes students to some of the basic tools of the preservation profession and how they can be applied in the particular context of a unique environment.
2022 will be the thirteenth anniversary of the Field School.  As in the past, the Field School will focus on the history, cultural landscapes, and historic architecture of the Georgia coast through exploration of many sites along the coast from Cumberland Island on the south to the Altamaha on the north, along with important mainland places.  Students will also learn hands-on techniques of historic preservation such as documentation and conservation.

Program Location

The home base of the Field School will be on Jekyll Island, owned and managed by an authority of the State of Georgia, and is informally hosted by the Historic District of Jekyll Island.  With a cultural heritage of more than 250 years and examples of architecture from across that period, Jekyll is an ideal location for such an endeavor.  Its Historic District offers resources of personnel and materials that makes the functioning of the Field School easier and more cost-effective.  The primary work site will be on Jekyll Island, as will be the housing for students, available for a reasonable cost.  Automobile travel and boat rides provide access for field trips to other sites.

Program Director and Course Leaders

James K. Reap, Director
College of Environment and Design
706 542-4706
Taylor Davis, Course Leader
Director of Preservation for
Jekyll Island Historic District

Academic Program

HIPR 4811/6811   FSTY 1023
The program consists of one, three-credit hour course available to either undergraduate or graduate students.  Classes consist of lecture (a background lecture on the history of the Georgia coast is given in Athens by the Program Director before students drive to the coast), field trips, and hands-on work days for measuring/drawing and conservation skills such as carpentry, epoxy restoration, and paint removal and reapplication.

Housing and Meals

Housing is shared in rental units on Jekyll Island, obtained through Jekyll Realty.  In selecting the units attention is paid to reasonable cost rather than luxury, as well as student safety in these times of COVID.  Occupancy is two persons to a room.  Generally some meals are handled as a group and others, particularly breakfast and lunch, separately.  There is a small supermarket on Jekyll Island and a larger one in Brunswick, a fifteen-minute drive from Jekyll.  Students are responsible for driving or sharing rides to the coast and on field trips.

Program Itinerary (subject to change)

4/20/2022 UGA Orientation Lecture
5/18/2022 Jekyll Island, GA Arrival Jekyll Island
5/19/2022 Jekyll Island, GA Program Overview and Visit Historic Sites
5/20/2022 Sapelo Island, GA Field Visit Sapelo Island
5/21-22/2022 Jekyll Island, GA Lecture and Lab Orientation
5/22/2022 Jekyll Island, GA No Class
5/23-26/2022 Jekyll Island, GA Lab
5/27/2022 Cumberland Island, GA Field Visit to Cumberland Island
5/28-29/2022 Jekyll Island, GA Assignments
5/30/2022 Jekyll Island, GA Day Off – Memorial Day
5/31-6/3/2022 Jekyll Island, GA Lab
6/4/2022 St. Simons Island, GA Field Visit to St. Simon’s Island
6/5/2022 Jekyll Island, GA No Class
6/6-7/2022 Jekyll Island, GA Complete Projects
6/8/2022 Jekyll Island, GA Class Ends - Departure


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This program is currently not accepting applications.