Land Trust Ambassadors - St. Simons Land Trust

Land Trust Ambassadors

For those who sometimes worry about the world of tomorrow, they need only to take a look at the St. Simons Land Trust Ambassadors to know that the future is in good hands. Created to help advance the mission of the Land Trust through engagement of the area’s younger community leaders, the SSLT Ambassadors have been an integral part of the organization for nearly a decade.

Comprised of naturalists, artists, graphic designers, photographers, business owners, entrepreneurs, realtors, attorneys, marketers, and other young professionals, many Ambassadors are island natives who after college and graduate school decided to return home to begin their careers and families. Others who are newer to the area share a similar passion for coastal Georgia and want to make sure that SSI is preserved and protected not only for their generation but for all those who will live and work here in the future.

Over the years, the Ambassadors have produced well-attended movie nights, community bike ride across the island, and Family Days at Land Trust properties.

While the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 led to the cancellation of multiple events envisioned by the Ambassadors, the group focused on developing the Passport to Preservation for children and families who live in and visit St. Simons Island.

“Individually and collectively, [the Ambassadors] are the faces of our future.”

–Emily Ellison, Executive Director, St. Simons Land Trust




J.P. Thornton is a Golden Isles native, graduating from Glynn Academy in 2003. After retiring from the Navy, J.P. moved back to St. Simons in 2018 with his wife Lydia and is now raising his two young children here. J.P., who works for Covenant Property Management, serves his community as a Land Trust ambassador, Habitat for Humanity board member, Exchange Club of Brunswick president, and American Legion Post 166 member. He is also a member of St. Simons United Methodist Church and enjoys contributing to the betterment of his community.

“Conservancy on St. Simons is an immediate concern and we need the help of every resident to preserve our beloved Golden Isles jewel. I hope my efforts of promotion and volunteering make an impact for my children and others to enjoy the island like I did as a child. Please consider partnership with the St. Simons Land Trust to make a difference in our environment.”

— J.P. Thornton

If you are interested in becoming a Land Trust Ambassador, please fill out the contact form below or email Raleigh Kitchen at Thank you!


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