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Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah Gets New Manager and New Yurts

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Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah has not only a new manager but also new “glamping” yurts. Jeri Nokes was recently promoted from assistant manager at nearby Wormsloe Historic Site to oversee the park which draws more than 500,000 visitors annually.

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“I believe it’s a public service to preserve parks by educating and inspiring our guests and future generations,” said Nokes. “This is an exciting time for Skidaway Island, with our yurts now completed and the newly opened Visitor Center. I’m excited to be manager of such a fantastic destination that’s an important part of Savannah’s community. Since becoming Manager at Skidaway, I was able to collaborate with local Publix Grocery stores on the design and installation of the new pollinator garden, which includes a variety of non-invasive, native plants. My next big project is working on the Yurts and Yoga weekend retreats that will debut Fall of 2023.”

Nokes is originally from Covington, Georgia. She has an associate degree in liberal arts from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and a Bachelor’s in English Literature from Excelsior University and is working towards her master’s in organizational leadership.

“I was following a career path in art which led me to Savannah College of Art and Design, then I realized my true passion was in the park service,” said Nokes. “I began my park ranger story with Eastern National and Fort Pulaski, then in 2011 I began working at Wormsloe State Historic Site.”

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Three new yurts recently opened at the park, allowing campers to enjoy a more luxurious experience than traditional tents. The canvas and wooden structures feature furniture and temperature controls inside, plus a picnic table, grill, and fire pit outside. Private porches provide views of live oaks, palmettos and marsh, and hot showers are a short walk away. They rent for $125 per night and include linen service.

Skidaway Island State Park is operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, birding, geocaching, picnicking and ranger programs. To learn more, visit

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