In a nutshell, UGA Extensions Services acts as a bridge between academic research and the general public. University professors and research scientists conduct research and publish academic papers detailing the results. Extension Services relates those results to the daily life of the general public through things like educational programs, training seminars, teacher resources, and hands-on activities for both students and adults. The 4-H Tidelands Nature Center focuses on marine science and environmental education pertaining to salt water marsh ecology and plants and animals native to the Georgia coast.
They offer things like "touch tanks" for students to interact with sea turtles, canoe and kayak rentals for those wanting to explore the salt marsh (guided kayaking tours are available also), an outdoor "classroom" area, and various nature walks. Birds, mammals, and fish of all kinds are on display in tanks inside the center.