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-October. Reservations 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:
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.
Summer Programs 2021
Field Trip Fridays in June and July
10:30am- 11:30am- $8 per person (Adult/Youth/Senior/Military) – Includes program and walkthrough exhibit gallery. Meets at Tidelands. Reservations required, call Tidelands at 912- 635- 5032 to make reservations. See program schedule below:
Friday- June 4th: Marsh Ecology: Explore the marsh adjacent to Tidelands salt pond. Learn about fiddler crabs, periwinkle snails, marsh grass, and the importance of the salt marsh ecosystem!
Friday- June 11th: Invertebrate/Dock Study: Explore the salt-pond adjacent to Tidelands. Use dips nets to explore organisms that live in the Tidelands salt pond. Learn about fouling communities and various animal lifestyles.
Friday- June 18th: Seining: Come pull a seine net along the water’s-edge 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 net in ankle-deep water.) Meets at Tidelands, then travel to Gloria beach for seining program.
Friday- June 25th: Herpetology: Learn the difference between reptiles and amphibians. Encounter some of our reptile ambassadors up close including; alligators, snakes, and turtles!
Friday- July 2nd: Seining: Come pull a seine net along the water’s-edge 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 net in ankle-deep water.) Meets at Tidelands, then travel to Gloria beach for seining program.
Friday- July 9th: Canoe/Tidelands Pond Exploration: Paddle around the Tidelands salt pond, alongside one of our educators. Explore the organisms found in and around the Tidelands Pond.
Friday- July 16th: Birding 101: Join us as we identify birds found around the Tidelands pond! Learn how to use a field guide and binoculars. Learn about bird adaptations and behaviors. Binoculars provided.
Friday- July 23th: Dock Study/Fishing: Explore the salt-pond adjacent to Tidelands. Use dips nets and fishing poles to explore organisms that live in the Tidelands salt pond. Learn about fouling communities and various animal lifestyles.
Friday- July 30th: Sea Turtles: Learn about sea turtles found along the Georgia coast. We will focus on the Loggerhead sea turtle that nests along our shores in May, June, and July.
For more information and program registration, call 4-H Tidelands Nature Center @ 912-635-5032