Public Programs

Public Nature Walks

Public 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 at this time. Additional times may be available. Your guide will meet you at the Nature Walk location for that day. See options below. (Though meeting locations are flexible as needed based on tide, wind, requests, etc).

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

Mondays – North Tip and Driftwood Beach

Walk begins along the marsh at Clam Creek and ends at the famous Driftwood Beach, offering many possibilities for photographers. 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 the newly constructed 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 2022

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.

Tidelands Coastal Ecology – Public Programs – Summer 2022- held select Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in June and July  from 1:15pm-2:15: pm: and cost $9 per person (children AND adults).  You may sign up for a single day or multiple programs. We accept cash or check for payment.

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:

Summer Seining –  1:15- 2:15pm- Select Wednesdays in June/July:

Come 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 ankle- deep water along the beach). Held at Glory Beach.

Critter Encounters-1:15- 2:15m Select 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: 1:15- 2:15pm- Select 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