CoastFest 2022

Join the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for the return of CoastFest on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Brunswick!


CoastFestAbout CoastFest

CoastFest, in its 28th year, is the largest outreach event hosted by the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. This free, family-friendly event features educational programs, touch tanks, wildlife viewing opportunities, and exhibitors from partner agencies and nonprofit organizations. 

There's plenty to see and do for people of all ages at CoastFest. Whether you're interested in fishing, sea turtles, birds of prey, or Coastal Georgia history, we have something for you! Bring your family, curiosity, and sense of adventure when you "Catch the Excitement" at CoastFest 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Brunswick, 100 F St., Brunswick, GA 31520.

CoastFest is a free-admission event and will happen rain or shine. We can't wait to see you there!


Educational Programs

Jim SawgrassJim Sawgrass

Jim Sawgrass has been performing at CoastFest for more than a decade. He is a native Floridian of Muscogee Creek (Mvskoke) descent and living historian of the southeastern tribes of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. Sawgrass has been sharing his knowledge of the Southeastern Native American tribes for over 25 years. He served on the Florida Indian Council from 1991-1995. Sawgrass has been sharing his knowledge of the Southeastern Native American tribes for over 30 years. 

As a child, he was always interested in history, building forts, and exploring the woods and nearby swamps. The outdoors was always, and continues to be a big part of his life. He became more involved with his Native American heritage by attending Pow Wows, Native festivals, and historical reenactments. He learned more about Native culture and history from many elders, outdoors-men, and reanactors he was surrounded by. He is also an Eagle Scout and applies his scouting skills to this day. 

In 1988, Sawgrass began presenting programs professionally on Native American history and started the "Deep Forest Historical Native American Programs". Since then, he has performed at places like schools, Pow Wows, state and national parks, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivals and many other places around the U.S. He also been featured on many television networks such as History Channel, Travel Channel and Discovery Channel.

Visit Jim Sawgrass' website by clicking here

Dumpster DougDumpster Doug

New to CoastFest this year, Dumpster Doug travels the earth searching for the sources of air, land and water pollution and then shows audiences that small changes make a huge difference when it comes to protecting the earth’s natural resources.

Audiences learn about the 4 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Read so they too can become Eco-Superstars in the funniest and most magical environmental show CoastFest has ever seen!

Watch a dirty soda can become brand new and filled with soda as it is magically recycled in just 30 seconds. Witness trash being turned into useful products instantly as it enters a recycling bin, and see a scrap of paper turned into something valuable instead of being tossed aside.

Tons of audience participation keeps viewers on the edge of their seats while everyone can laugh along with all the great lessons. It’s the perfect assembly show for Earth Day celebrations or anytime of the year. 

Visit Dumpster Doug's website by clicking here.


Touch TanksTouch Tanks and Coastal Experience

Visit the Coastal Resources Division pavilion for the Coastal Experience. Travel from the uplands, through the marsh, and out to sea as you see and learn about what CRD does to conserve the coast for the benefit of present and future generations. 

Take a journey through Coastal Georgia, starting in the upland where you'll learn about maritime forests and the transitionary ecosystem. Then, venture down into the marsh to experience the mucky mud, keystone plant species, and organisms that call Georgia's 368,000 acres of marsh home. Finally, cross over onto a barrier island and see how the forces of nature shape the beaches, dunes, and coastline of the Peach State. 

It all wraps up with a dip into our touch tanks, where you'll be able to see and touch wild Georgia sea life, including stingrays, horseshoe crabs, finfish, and other marine life! 

This exhibit is a family favorite that you won't want to miss!


Animal VillageOther Attractions

CoastFest features a wide variety of other attractions, including animals, activities like the Fish Rodeo, reef ball painting, and more. 

The goal of all our attractions is to educate the public about the Coastal Georgia environment so they can be better stewards of our natural resources and socio-cultural heritage. At CoastFest, we want to make learning come alive and be an enjoyable experience for you and your family to remember for years to come.

We are currently working to schedule our attractions. Please check back later for a more complete list of things you'll definitely want to see while visiting us at CoastFest 2022. 

If you or your organization have an idea for a CoastFest attraction, you can contact the Coastal Resources Division's CoastFest coordinator, Tyler Jones, at 912-262-3140 or tyler.jones@dnr.ga.gov.


ExhibitorsExhibitors

DNR's Coastal Resources Division (CRD) is currently accepting applications for exhibitors for CoastFest 2022. The application period will close at 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2022. There is no cost or fee to be an exhibitor at CoastFest.

Due to limited space, CRD prioritizes exhibitors which have missions related to natural resources, conservation, socio-cultural heritage, and outdoor recreation. We will do our best to accommodate as many exhibitors as possible, but completing an application does not guarantee a spot at CoastFest. You will receive confirmation from CRD that your application has been accepted and your organization has been assigned a spot at CoastFest 2022. 

As a reminder, sales of items and memberships are prohibited at CoastFest. Exhibitors must also agree to be present for the duration of the event. CRD cannot guarantee that electricity will be available for every exhibitor. 

Organizations with questions about participating in CoastFest should contact Tyler Jones at tyler.jones@dnr.ga.gov or 912-262-3140.

Click here to complete the 2022 CoastFest Exhibitor Application


Art ContestArt Contest

The art contest is a time-honored tradition of CoastFest. Students from K-12 all across Southeast Georgia enter every year to see the winning art displayed during the event, with the winning artist's work becoming the T-shirt design for the following year's CoastFest. 

Artwork is displayed at the Marshes of Glynn Brunswick Library, 208 Gloucester St., in downtown Brunswick across from Mary Ross Waterfront Park. The exhibit will open to the public Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, and close after CoastFest ends on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022

The public can visit the exhibit before CoastFest by visiting the library during its normal business hours. Its hours are (subject to change):

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information about visiting the Marshes of Glynn Brunswick Library, visit their website by clicking here.

Anyone with questions about the CoastFest Art Contest can contact Art Contest Coordinator Diana Patrick at diana.patrick@dnr.ga.gov or 912-262-3137.

The deadline to enter the CoastFest Art Contest is Sept. 15, 2022. For information about submissions, contact Diana Patrick.

Click here to download the 2022 CoastFest Art Contest Poster!