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 9:00 am, but may vary at this time. Your guide will meet you at the Nature Walk location for that day. See options below.

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.



Tentative Summer Programs 2021

While visiting Jekyll in the summer 2021, be sure to check out our fun-filled, family oriented programs.  4-H Tidelands offers great summer-time learning experiences for all ages. Download Previous Summer Program Flyer for sample of possible 2021 offerings and schedule. Join us for animal feeding, seining, astronomy, and more! All ages are welcome. Interested in our Discovery Day Camp? This summer camp is open for children age 8-12 and runs from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday-Thursday. Each day has a new, exciting theme focused on coastal ecology. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate (Except for Discovery Day Camp). Reservations strongly suggested but walk-in’s welcome! Please call Tidelands at (912) 635-5032 for more information or to sign-up.

Tentative 2021 Discovery Day Camp at Tidelands Nature Center (Coastal program theme varies each day!)

Our summer day camps are open to the public and available for children 8-12 years old. Day camps are held Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am-3:00 pm*, during the third full weeks of June and July. Tentative 2021 Dates: June 15th-18th and July 13th -16th. Children can participate in a single day or sign up for several days. *Each day is $45 and you will receive a $20 discount if you sign your child up for 4 days. Includes field trips, games, crafts, and more. (*Boat trip with Captain Phillip an additional $12)

Themes vary each day:

– Monday- Forest Friends – Get hands-on with reptiles, investigate insects, & go birding. It’s a nature safari!
– Tuesday- Salt Pond Sleuths– Dip for invertebrates, explore the marsh, & paddle a canoe in Tidelands’ salt pond.
– Wednesday- Super Sharks & Fantastic Fins – Go fishing, enjoy a boat trip with Captain Phillip! (Ends at 3:30pm*)
– Thursday- Sand, Surf, & Shells – Spend the day on the beach, learn to use seine net & go beachcombing!


Summer Day Camp Forms


Quick Links

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