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UGA Cooperative Extension: Georgia 4-H: Environmental Education

Burton 4-H Center

Burton 4-H Center reaches over 7,000 students and adults through our environmental education and summer camp programs.  Our Environmental Education Program provides biological and environmental education opportunities for school groups while summer camp provides Georgia 4-H agents and campers an unforgettable week long learning adventure. 

Burton 4-H Center strives to provide children with a positive outdoor education experience.  Outdoor education enables children to delve into unusual habitats while engaging their minds and bodies.  These moments tend to be unforgettable and can often positively impact a child for their lifetime.  Many students and summer campers revisit Burton 4-H Center as teachers, counselors, and parents.

Burton 4-H Center is surrounded by biologically diverse tidal marshes and is located within a short distance of the beach. Structures and amenities available during your field study at the Burton 4-H Center are listed below.

Facilities (Maximum accommodation: 156 individuals)

  • 7 Dormitories
  • Dining Hall
  • Recreation Hall with Sound Equipment
  • 2 General Use Indoor Classrooms
  • Fire Circle
  • Nature Trail
  • Sand Volleyball Court
  • Basketball Court
  • Picnic Tables
  • Boardwalk with Floating Dock
  • Gazebo

General Facilities Information

The Burton 4-H Center is located on a 6-acre hammock surrounded by acres of salt marsh at the end of Lewis Avenue on Tybee Island, Georgia.  Tybee Island is the northern most barrier island in Georgia.  Connected to the mainland by Highway 80, Tybee Island is approximately 15 miles east of the historic city of Savannah, Georgia.

Burton 4-H Center's boundaries are clearly defined by the surrounding marshlands.  The basketball court, a volleyball court, shaded picnic tables and gazebo are centrally located for easy and effective free-time supervision.  For a more reflective time, groups can enjoy the boardwalk that leads over the marsh.

All participants in programs and field studies at the Burton 4-H Center pay a fee. The same fee is charged to adults and children and is based on the program selected.

Burton 4-H Center requires one chaperone for every 15 students.  The visiting organization determines the final number of chaperones responsible for the overall safety and discipline of the students. Chaperones are required to actively participate in ALL classes taken by the students. A chaperone meeting should be held prior to arriving at the Center to discuss roles and expectations during the field study.  Due to limited space, additional chaperones may have to provide their own transportation to and from class activities. Parking passes will be distributed to additional vehicles.

Burton 4-H Center has seven climate controlled dormitories that sleep from 10 to 28 individuals per dorm.  Each dorm houses varying number of bunk beds, toilets, sinks and shower stalls.  All dorms have a private chaperone room with 2 single beds and private restroom. Dormitories are assigned according to attendance numbers and gender breakdown. Each dorm must have at least one adult chaperone.

Call the Chamber of Commerce, (912) 786-5444, for a listing of inexpensive motels on the island to accommodate your bus drivers and extra adults.

Dining Hall
The dining hall seats students in climate control comfort. Chaperones are invited to eat on the climate controlled dining hall porch. Students participate in Kitchen Patrol (KP) crews responsible for the set-up and breakdown of each meal.

*Dietary restrictions and concerns must be indicated on the Field Study Update Form and received one month prior to your trip.


Burton 4-H Center operates a canteen offers an assortment of snacks, drinks, and souvenirs. Most snack and drink items are priced between $1.00 and $2.00.  Souvenir items are priced between $0.25 and $20.00.  Canteen items can be purchased with cash and checks only. Checks must be made payable to the Georgia 4-H Club Foundation.

Official Burton 4-H Center t-shirts can be pre-ordered 4 weeks prior to your field study; this allows all students to have matching trip T-shirts.  T-Shirt pre-orders are not required and the fee is NOT included in the trip fee quoted.  Mail, email or fax your T-shirt orders detailing design choice and sizes.  Cash or school issued checks are accepted on pre-orders. Only orders received 4 weeks in advance are promised to be in stock.

Drink Machine

A vending machine offering caffeine-free soft drinks and bottled water is available.  Adults may purchase caffeinated drinks in the canteen. Drinks cost $1.00 or $1.50. The machine accepts dollar bills as well as quarters.  Money lost in the drink machine can be retrieved during canteen times. Water fountains are located in the dining hall.


Students are not provided access to a phone during their time at Burton 4-H Center. It is up to the discretion of the school to decide if students are allowed to keep their personal cell phones.  Adults are able to use their cell phones at any time.


The 4-H Center maintains three full-size school buses and 2 mini-buses used to transport students and chaperones to field study sites.  These vehicles are not wheelchair accessible.  If you choose to provide your group’s transportation to and from classes, a discount in the price of the field study will be available.

All groups must have a vehicle on site to provide transportation in the event of a medical emergency.  Burton 4-H Center vehicles cannot be used to take anyone to the doctor or a store.

Wheelchair Accessibility

The dining hall and two dormitories are wheelchair accessible.  Our vehicles are not wheelchair accessible. With a strong adult to assist, wheelchair-bound students can fully participate in all programs.  In order to provide proper accommodations, this need must be presented when reservations are made to ensure our access to a special beach wheelchair.