Public Programs

Annual Tidelands Annual Art Sale & Silent Auction

Saturday- February 17, 2024- 9:30am- 4:30pm

at the Morgan Center- Located in the Jekyll Island Historic District

Mark your calendars for the Annual 4-H Tidelands Art Sale, Saturday February 17th, 2024, 9:30am to 4:30pm at the Morgan Center, in Jekyll Island Historic District. Local artists display coastal- themed art for sale. Includes; paintings, woodwork, jewelry, metal sculptures, books, photographs, hand-made soaps, and more! Be sure to browse silent auction area as well. featuring artwork, island excursions, hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates, dolphin tours, kayak tours, and more!!


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).

Nature Walks

Nature walks are available throughout the year. Learn about Jekyll’s coastal ecosystems. Join one of our guides on a walk through the beach, forest, or marsh. Call Tidelands at (912) 635-5032 for more information and to make a reservation!

Join an experienced guide for a 1 to 1.5 hour walk through the beaches, maritime forests and salt marshes of Jekyll Island. We generally offer our regularly scheduled walks from March-OctoberReservations are required. Contact Tidelands at (912) 635-5032 to make a reservation. Nature walks are also available by appointment year-round. 

Walks generally begin at 9:30 am, but may vary as needed. Additional times may be available. Your guide will meet you at the Nature Walk location with a confirmed reservation. See options below. (Though meeting locations are flexible as needed depending on tide, wind, visitor requests, etc).

Nature Walk Costs:
Adults & Youth (age 8 and up):  $10   Youth- (age 3-7):  $7

Mondays – North Tip and Driftwood Beach

Walk Meets at the Clam Creek Picnic Area parking lot on the north end of island (beside the fishing pier), across from the campground.

Wednesdays – South Tip and Beach Creek
Walk begins in the maritime forest and explores the south tip beach, including a stop at wildlife observation tower for a view of the marshes of Beach Creek. A great area for birds. Meets at the St. Andrews Picnic Area parking lot on the south end of the island, near rest rooms. 
Fridays – South Dunes Picnic Area
Walk follows the dune boardwalk to the beach, perfect for beachcombers. Meets at South Dunes Picnic Area parking lot, immediately south of the Hampton Inn and Suites.

Tidelands Coastal Ecology                      Public Programs Summer 2024

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. Tentative Schedule Noted Below: (check back in May 2024 for any updates)

Summer Coastal Ecology Programs  held Tuesdays, Wednesdays Thursdays, and Fridays in June and July  from 1:30pm-2:30: pm: and cost $10 per person (children AND adults).  You may sign up for a single day or multiple programs.

Classes are conducted rain or shine so please make sure you are dressed appropriately for the outdoors. At least one parent must attend class with child/children. For more information or to sign up, please email Megan Makstenieks  ( or call 912-635-5032.

For program descriptions see below:

Live Exhibit Feeding  –  1:30- 2:30pm- Tuesdays in June/July:

Learn about marine food webs & feeding adaptations. Watch as we feed our educational ambassadors. Includes 20- minute introduction and then it is time to feed the critters!

Summer Seining –  1:30- 2:30pm- Wednesdays in June/July:

Pull a seine net through the water and try to catch fish, shrimp, crabs and other organisms found in the ocean. Participants must wear shoes and clothing that can get wet. (We will pull the seine net in calf- deep water along the beach). Meets at Tidelands.

Critter Encounters-1:30- 2:30pm -Thursdays in June/July:

Learn all about the coastal critters that live at Tidelands. Live animal encounters include opportunity to view resident species including a close look as staff handle animals for viewing; includes a look at various reptile and/or marine species. Meets at Tidelands.

Tidelands Pond Exploration: 1:30- 2:30pm-Fridays in June/July  Instructor’s choice:  Dockside Exploration or Marsh Ecology:

Dockside Exploration: Join us for “belly biology” on the dock! Use various nets to collect organisms dwelling in and around the fouling community on the water’s edge  in Tidelands Pond. Explore how these dockside critters live and feed. (Participants will stay dry). Meets at Tidelands.

Marsh Ecology: Walk in the marsh mud along a tidal creek adjacent to Tidelands Pond and learn about the importance of the salt marsh including the plants and animals that rely on the nutrient-rich marsh mud (detritus) and call the marsh home.  (Participant be sure to wear shoes that can get muddy). Meets at Tidelands.

COVID-19 GUIDELINES: You are encouraged to wear a face covering based on your preference and  assessment of personal risk.  If you are feeling ill or have a temperature, please do not attend one of our programs. Tidelands has incorporated extra cleaning/sanitizing procedures within the nature center as well hand sanitizer stations situated in exhibit gallery.


Quick Links

For more information and program registration, call 4-H Tidelands Nature Center @ 912-635-5032