Homeschool /Public  Programs

   Spring 2024


Spring Science Days

At 4-H Tidelands Nature Center, we encourage learning by doing. Our seasoned educators encourage excitement and wonder of the natural world as we explore island ecosystems. Join us for an engaging, hands-on, educational experience and discover Jekyll’s coastal environment.


March 8th   Marsh Madness 1:00- 2:30 pm   – Walk through the muddy marsh as we learn about what animals and plants live there. Learn about the marsh food web.  Get to know why the salt marsh is one of the most productive ecosystems on earth.  Bring shoes that can get muddy and wet.

March 29th    Slough 1:00- 2:30 pm    –   Join us on a hike through one of the maritime forest trails near Camp Jekyll, where we find a critical source of freshwater on the island, the slough. Use sampling gear to discover various critters that live in the Slough and learn about their roles in the ecosystem and explore the maritime forest.

April 2nd         Critter Encounters- 1:00-2:30pm

Learn all about the reptiles that live at Tidelands.  Learn about the biology and ecological roles that our local animals have in our ecosystem.  Enjoy the chance to touch snakes, turtles and alligators.  Learn about sea turtles and watch our resident sea turtle eat.

April 3rdth    Dock Discovery 1:00- 2:30 pm  Explore the dock and discover which organisms live there! Search for shrimp, crabs, barnacles, and more as we find out what it takes to survive in an ever-changing environment. Learn about invertebrate and taxonomy. We’ll also learn about plankton and why it is so important to our food web.

April 19th    Celebrate Earth Day at the Beach-  1:00-2:30- Come take a walk on the beach and learn all about what we find at low tide.  Learn about the tides, sand dunes, and how sand moves along barrier islands.  Also, we can do our part and pick up trash on our beach walk.

Each class meets at Tidelands Nature Center on Jekyll Island. The cost is $12 per person including Adult and Youth, children 2 and under are free.  Please call 912-635-5032 or e-mail Megan Makstenieks at to sign up for classes or if you have any questions.  We are located at 100 South Riverview Drive (Right Whale statue on the side of building).