Homeschool Programs

4-H Tidelands Homeschool Schedule Fall 2018

At the 4-H Tidelands Nature Center we encourage learning by doing. Our enthusiastic educators encourage excitement and wonder of the natural world. Jekyll’s pristine natural environment is the perfect setting for a one of a kind educational experience.

Our Homeschool Days are open to all school age students. Programs run select Fridays from September to November (generally the first and third Friday of the month). Programs run from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and are $10 per person (children AND adults). Students can participate in a single day or sign up for multiple programs. We accept cash or check.

Classes are conducted rain or shine so please make sure your students are dressed appropriately for weather. At least one parent should attend class with your child/children (or make arrangements for another parent who is attending to be responsible for your child). Registration is required as many of our programs depend on equipment and we need to make sure we have enough for everyone.

For more information or to sign up, please email Megan Makstenieks or Corinne Zelie or call (912) 635-5032. For program dates and themes, please see below or download our Homeschool Fall 2018 Schedule.


September 7th – Invertebrates as Bioindicators– Become invertebrate biologists with us! Discover the health of our freshwater sloughs and brackish pond by conducting scientific chemical and biological tests. Then, report your findings!

September 21st – Biomimicry Engineers – Come learn about the innovative designs inspired by nature that we use every day. Then engineer your own invention using biomimicry.

October 5th – Forest Friends – Explore the forest with one of our experienced guides and learn about the plants we can eat or use. Climb the Grandfather Tree with us before heading back to Tidelands to learn about the reptiles you could find in Jekyll’s forests.

October 19th – Planet Earth: The Greenhouse – Learn about the importance of Earth’s greenhouse gas blanket through a short presentation & hands-on scientific experiments.

November 2nd – Shark Tooth Hunt – Be prepared for an adventure as we make our way to Shark Tooth Beach! Meet us at Tidelands to learn about how fossils form before we make the hike and search for fossilized shark teeth. Wear close-toed shoes and bring some water!

November 16th Environmental DNA – Did you know scientists can tell what organisms are in an area by testing soil or water? Study the basics of DNA, learn about this new technique of eDNA, and extract DNA from a strawberry!