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UGA Cooperative Extension: Georgia 4-H

4-H Tidelands Nature Center

Summer Programs: June & July 2017

While visiting Jekyll this summer, be sure to check out our fun-filled family oriented programs. 4-H Tidelands offers great summer-time learning experiences for all ages. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate (except for Discovery Day Camp). Reservation's requested, but walk-ins are always welcome! Please call Tidelands at (912) 635-5032 for more information or to sign up. Download our Summer Program Flyer or see below for all of our program offerings. The Summer Discovery Day Camp Registration forms are located in the sidebar to the right.

Nature Walks at Various Locations around Jekyll Island

Explore Jekyll's beach, forest, and march. Let one of our experienced guides share with you Jekyll's natural landscape and wildlife. On Mondays visit Clam Creek picnic area and learn about the beach and marsh. On Wednesdays explore the beach and forest at St. Andrews Picnic area. On Fridays discover the beach and forest at South Dunes Picnic area. Meets March-October: 9:00am @ the walk site. Cost: $7.00 per adult, $5.00 per child.

Go Fish! (Rod and Reel Fishing Program)

Join us for a fishing adventure! We will provide all of the gear, bait, and know-how. Learn techniques such as baiting the hook, gear selection, and casting as we try to catch some fish. Meets on Tuesdays in June & July: 9:00-10:00am @ Tidelands. Cost: $7.00 per person.

Creepy Crawlers

Get an up-close and personal introduction to our reptile friends! Discover the differences between reptiles and amphibians, venomous and non-venomous snakes, and alligators and crocodiles. Meets Thursdays in June & July: 9:00-10:00am @ Tidelands. Cost: $7.00 per person (includes admission).

Mid-Morning Brunch (Live Exhibit Feeding Program)

Join us as we learn about marine food webs & feeding adaptations. Watch/help feed our educational ambassadors. Includes 20 minute talk- then its brunch time for the critters! Meets Mondays & Wednesdays in June & July: 10:45-11:45am @ Tidelands. Cost: $7.00 per person (includes admission).

Summer Seining at South Dunes

Learn to use a seine net to catch fish, shrimp, crabs, etc. Participants should wear clothes/shoes for knee deep wading. Meets Tuesdays in June & July: 10:45-11:45am @ South Dunes Picnic Area. Cost: $7.00 per person.

Bed, Bath, and Beyond

Find out what it takes to keep all of our animals happy, healthy, and clean. Learn about animal husbandry be lending us a helping hand as we take care of our live exhibit enclosures! Meets Thursdays in June & July: 10:45-11:45am @ Tidelands. Cost: $7.00 per person (includes admission).

Stars on the Water: Astronomy Nights at Tidelands Nature Center

Great opportunity to enjoy the night skies. View stars and planets via telescope. Program begins at sunset with an audio-visual presentation. Meets select Wednesdays: June 14th & 28th, July 12th & 26th from 9:00-10:00pm on the deck @ Tidelands. Cost $7.00 per person.

Coastal Explorers at Tidelands Nature Center (Coastal theme varies each week!)

Children 4-10 are introduced to coastal ecology themes. Explore native animals/ecosystems. Most days include making a related craft to take home. Meets every Friday morning: June 9th-July 28th: 10:45-11:45am @ Tidelands. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $7.00 per youth, $5.00 per adult (includes admission). Please check the Summer Program Flyer for weekly themes!

Boats & Biology

Ever wanted to try out a canoe, kayak, or aquabike? The Boats & Biology days would be perfect! Join us for a day of sampling boats and learning about taxonomy, the classification of living things. Search for organisms in the various kingdoms of life while you paddle or pedal your way around Rixen pond. Meets select Fridays: June 30th & July 28th: 10:00am-3:00pm @ Tidelands. Cost: $15 a person (include admission). Some time limits & age restrictions apply:

Canoes: Anyone that can wear a life jacket and swim can paddle a canoe!

Kayaks: Ages 8-12 can test out a tandem (2 person) kayak with an adult, 13 and up can try a single.

Aquabikes: A bike on water! Ages 8-12 should pedal the tandem with an adult and 13 and up can pedal a single.

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

Our day camps are open to the public and available for children 8-12 years old. Day camps are held Monday through Thursday from 10:00am-3:00pm, during the last weeks of June and July. Offered: June 26-29th and July 24-27th. Children can participate in a single day or sign up for several days. *Each day is $35 and you will receive a $10 discount if you sign your child up for 4 days. Includes field trips, games, crafts, and more. (*Boat trip with Captain Phillip and additional $15).

Monday - Forest Friends - Get hands-on with reptile, investigate insects, and 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 - Sand, Surf, & Shells - Spend the day on the beach, learn to use a seine net, and go beachcombing!

Thursday - Super Sharks & Fantastic Fins - Go fishing and enjoy a boat trip with Captain Phillip!

4-H Tidelands Nature Center

Tidelands Nature Center offers hands-on marine environmental science programs for the general public and school groups, kayak tours, and live animal exhibits.

Come meet a sea turtle, explore our touch tanks, and observe live alligators, snakes, fish, crabs and many other animals native to Georgia's coast in our exhibit gallery.

Take a guided kayak tour of Jekyll's salt marsh ecosystem.

Rent a canoe or paddleboat and enjoy fishing or a relaxing paddle on the pristine salt pond, adjacent to Tidelands.

Nature walks and other special programs for families and for school and scout groups are available throughout the year. Learn about Jekyll's coastal ecosystems with one of our guides as you explore Jekyll's beach, forest and marsh.

To get the latest Tidelands news and event updates, check our News and Events page, browse through our quarterly on-line Tidelands Newsletter, or Like us on Facebook!

The 4-H Tidelands Nature Center is a University of Georgia 4-H Program. In addition to summer programs, Tidelands offers nature walks at various locations around the island, kayak tours in the salt marsh, school group coastal ecology programs, as well as our exhibit area open to the public, featuring live coastal species including sea turtles, fish, touch tanks, horseshoe crabs, snakes, alligators, and more! Tidelands is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Admission price: $4.00 per person. For more information on our summer program schedule, nature walks, exhibit area, kayak tours, etc. call Tidelands at (912) 635-5032.

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