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 – 1 1/2 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. Keep in mind, there may be schedule limitations due to COVID. Contact Tidelands at (912) 635-5032 to make a reservation. Nature walks are also available by appointment year-round. 

All walks generally begin at 9:30 am, but may vary at this time. 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: $7.00
Ages 3-18: $5.00

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.



Home School Days Spring 2022

Select Field Trip Fridays in March and April

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.

Homeschool Days are open to all school age students/parents. Programs are held select Fridays in March and April from 1:00pm-2:00pm and cost $8 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 dates and themes, please see below:

 March 11 –  Slough-  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.

 March 18-   Marsh Madness–  Walk in the marsh mud along a tidal creek near Tidelands 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.  Wear shoes that can get muddy.

March 25th –Critter Encounters- Learn all about the coastal critters that live at Tidelands. Live animal encounters include opportunity to view resident species feeding, as well a closer look as staff handle animals for viewing; includes a look at various reptile and marine species.

April 8th –   Seining –  Come pull a seine net through the water and try to catch fish, shrimp, crabs and other organisms found in the ocean. Please wear shoes and clothing that can get wet. (We will pull the seine net in ankle- deep water along the beach).

April 22-  –  All About Sharks     Come learn about sharks!  Get up close by assisting with a dogfish shark dissection.  Learn all about this top predator and its importance to the ocean.

COVID-19 GUIDELINES: Please bring a face mask as guests are encouraged to wear face coverings inside the nature center.  Social distancing encouraged as well. To allow for social distancing, we will limit the number of participants for each of the programs. 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