The Springfield Legacy Foundation will serve as a model for radical and rational
land stewardship. We bring science, nature, people, and humanities together using four
pillars to guide our work.


We secured 8,000 acres of
Georgia’s coastal land.

The Springfield Legacy Foundation is committed to protecting and preserving the 8,000 acres of land it has secured along Georgia’s coast. This magnificent landscape borders the wild and scenic North Newport River and includes heritage oaks, salt marsh, hardwood swamps, freshwater lakes, former rice fields, majestic meadows, and pine uplands. It also includes several notable sites such as the Melon Bluff Nature Center, Seabrook Village, and the Sam Ripley Farm. Innovative and rational land stewardship is the key to success for the Springfield Legacy Foundation as we use the land to support environmental, cultural, and historic institutions.

Past Projects

  • Elevation Study (Sea Grant)
  • Forest Evaluations (Warnell School UGA)
  • Remains of S.S. Standard
  • Salt Marsh Monitoring of North Newport River and Dickinson Creek with Dr. Merryl Albers
  • Salt Marsh Die-Off at Brown Marsh with Dr. Matt Ogburn
  • Seminole Peas (Seabrook Village Foundation)



We teach people about the significance of Georgia's coastal land.

We continue to use our assets to support the work of partnering environmental, cultural, and historical institutions in coastal Georgia that promote natural sciences, humanities, and archaeology. The SLF will inspire visionary ideas, attract high-quality research, and support relevant projects on site that will be available to the public for learning and exploration.

Past Projects

  • Architectural and Cultural African-American Studies (Seabrook Village Foundation)

  • 2009 Archaeology Dig with Dr. Sanger  (Columbia University)
  • Georgia Master Naturalist Program (Warnell School UGA)

  • Growing Pines in Tryin Times (Warnell School UGA)

  • Internships for Wildlife and Forestry (Warnell School UGA)

  • LIDAR Analysis (Sea Grant)

  • Rice Culture Study- Oryza Glabborema (Seabrook Village Foundation)

  • Wood Stork Habitat with Dr. Kilmaster (Warnell School UGA)

  • Research and Archaeology with the San Miguel Colony


We ensure Georgia’s coastal
land is protected from destruction.

The SLF enables officials and citizens to make informed decisions for sustainable development by explaining how the past, present, and future ecosystems support human health and welfare.

Past Project

Assistance in Seabrook Village acquisitions, restoration, and cataloging of multiple buildings 


We Make Georgia's coastal land Accessible to All.

Springfield Legacy Foundation enhances the understanding and conservation of Georgia’s coastal land and its natural and cultural assets by inviting people to experience it firsthand. Located 30 miles south of Savannah, Georgia, and 100 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida, the land preserved by the Springfield Legacy Foundation is easily accessible to the public from I-95, which also forms its western boundary. Site-based education, exhibits, trails, events, and outreach programs will facilitate public access to SLF projects and properties.

Exploration Opportunities

  • Birding trails
  • Hiking trails
  • Live Oak Trail 
  • Melon Bluff Nature Center
  • Mission Santa Catalina de Guale
  • Seabrook Village
If any of these program areas interest you, contact us to become a volunteer!
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