Membership Drive

Becoming a member of ORK allows us to continue the important work of testing water quality, sharing stories from the watershed, fighting legal battles, providing recreational guidance, and coordinating cleanup efforts in our 5,500 square-mile territory across 22 Georgia counties.

Anyone who becomes an automatically renewing member in the month of April will be entered in a drawing to win the following items:

    • An ORK branded corn hole set
    • An air fryer
    • A Keurig coffee maker

Make a monthly, recurring donation|Become an annual member



In addition to the various members-only perks, adding your name to our membership list is critical to our legislative efforts and grant applications. Having a strong team behind us shows that our constituents support our work.

In recent months, ORK has successfully:

Riverkeeper Damon Mullis collects samples.

 Please consider becoming a member, for any amount, today. ORK has options for automatically recurring monthly or annual giving as well as one-time donations and corporate sponsorships.

Not able to give at this time? There are many ways to support ORK through advocacy, volunteering and engagement. It takes efforts on many fronts to maintain the successes of our organization.

Not sure what your membership status is? Send us an email and we’ll be happy to look you up in the database.


ORK is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a Platinum Star rating from Guidestar and is able to accept donations from donor-advised funds. Please contact staff for more information.

Members Only: Moon River Sunset Paddle

Join ORK and a Moon River Guide for a sunset paddle through the marshes and rivers of the low country estuary. Learn about the coastal ecology and history of this area of Savannah. Stick around for a social hour at the outfitter for snacks and drinks. BYOB is welcome.

Free to ORK members. Pre-registration is required. Paddlers who show up without pre-registering will not be able to join the event.

Gear/Equipment: Participants can provide their own vessels and gear or rent them from Moon River Kayak: $40 single, $55 for tandem-limited. Non-boat gear rental: $5-10-only if needed. Please contact Moon River Kayak directly, in advance, to reserve gear.

Not a member? Become one now to join this and other members-only events!


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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act

Members Only: Botany & Brews with Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern

This event is currently at capacity and is not accepting any more registrations. ORK or Botanic Garden memberships are required to join this event. Membership status will be verified. Preregistration is required. ORK / Botanic Garden cannot accommodate walkup participants. 


Join ORK and Horticulture Manager, Joshua Jones, for a plant walk through the Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern. Explore the 11 acres of historic farmland that has been turned into a growing collection of native and heritage plants, including over 20 of the state’s protected species.

The Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern offers woodland trails, a landscape garden of coastal plain natives, a native azalea collection, an arboretum, a children’s garden, a complex of early 20th-century farm buildings, the Rural Life Museum, the Whelchel Camellia Garden, heritage gardens, a bog and sandhill, an outdoor classroom, Labyrinth and much more.

The walk will be followed with an optional get-together at Eagle Creek Brewery.

Walk will take place outdoors on paths with some uneven ground. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Restrooms and water fountains are located inside the garden grounds.

This event is free to members although the Botanic Garden accepts donations.

Not a member? Become one now to join this and other members-only events! 

ORK or Botanic Garden memberships are required to join this event. Membership status will be verified. Preregistration is required. ORK / Botanic Garden cannot accommodate walkup participants. 

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Josh began his association with the Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern University as a student employee where he discovered his passion for botany and landscape design. He completed his B.S. in Biology in 2013 with a focus in botany. He then left for a career in Savannah, GA working as the outdoor manager for a large garden center. Josh returned to the Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern in August, 2014 as the Garden Manager. Over the next few years he progressed to a horticulturist for the garden. In his free time, Josh enjoys fishing, exploring, landscape design, and testing parameters in a botanical setting.

Members Only: George L. Smith Paddle

This is a lower/middle  watershed paddle at George L. Smith State Park. This paddle is beginner-friendly but you must know how to swim. The guided tour will start at 10:30 a.m. and will do two separate loops in opposite directions, stopping back at the same boat ramp for a picnic lunch break. Paddling will be finished by about 2 p.m.

This event is free to Members but attendees should bring their own lunch and water. The state park requires a $5 parking pass for each vehicle. Pre-registration is required. Paddlers who show up without pre-registering will not be able to join the event.

Participants can bring their own gear and vessels, or rent from Mill Pond Kayak. Single kayaks are limited with some tandem available: $25 for single kayaks or $40 for tandems. Please contact Mill Pond Kayak directly for gear reservations.

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Members Only: Botany & Brews with Savannah Tree Foundation

Savannah Tree Foundation and ORK will host a tree walk at Skidaway Island State Park. Sydney Young will lead a guided tour of tree species found throughout the park with an emphasis on their importance to our watershed’s health. 

The walk will be followed with an optional get-together at Village Bar and Grille, just outside the park entrance.

The walk will take place outdoors on paths with some uneven ground. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Restrooms and refreshments are available at the Visitor Center.


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This event is free to members, however there is a $5/car entrance fee at the park. You can purchase this online or at the park. Annual passes are also available. A limited number of state park passes are also available to borrow for free through Live Oak Public Libraries

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Sydney Young is originally from Lafayette, Louisiana. After receiving her B.S. in Environmental Science from Loyola University New Orleans, she completed an ecology assistantship that centered around the Clarks Hill Lakes near Augusta, Georgia. 

Afterwards, she worked at the Southern Environmental Law Center as a legal assistant before deciding to pursue a Master of Forestry degree at the University of Maine. There, she conducted an urban ash street tree study and created an emerald ash borer preparedness plan for the Town of Orono. She was recently the Urban Forestry Field Manager at the Savannah Tree Foundation. Sydney just accepted a new post working with GIS in the county office.

Now she is happily back in the South, ready to share and learn tree skills with the community!