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Upcoming Special Programs!
4-H Tidelands Homeschool Days: Fall 2015

At the 4-H Tidelands Nature Center we encourage learning by doing. Our enthusiastic educators encourage excitement and wonder of the natural world.   Jekyll’s pristine natural environment is the perfect setting for a one of a kind educational experience.

Our Homeschool Days are open to all school age students.  Programs run select Fridays from September to December (generally the first and/or third Friday of the month). Programs run from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and are $10 per person (children AND adults).  Students can participate in a single day or sign up for multiple programs. We accept cash or check.  Classes are conducted rain or shine so please make sure your students are dressed appropriately for the outdoors. At least one parent should attend class with your child/children (or make arrangements for another parent who is also attending to be responsible for your child).   For more information or to sign up, please email Dawn Zenkert ( or Richard Chewning ( or call 912-635-5032.

Homeschool Days Program Schedule

Click here to download a PDF version of this schedule!

September 18th – Seining in September – Ever wonder what might be swimming nearby while you are enjoying the beach? Come find out while we try to catch fish, shrimp, crabs, etc.! Learn to use a seine net off the beaches of Jekyll. Prepare to get wet and have some fun! (Please wear shoes that can get wet).

October 2nd – Adventure Back in Time – Join us on a historical exploration of Jekyll Island! Learn about the fascinating people who lived on Jekyll in the past. Travel to some of the lesser known sites on the island, including a pond favored by alligators and an old coastal artillery emplacement!

October 16th – Salt Pond Sleuths – Explore the world of a brackish water pond and its inhabitants!  Use dip nets and a little “belly biology” to learn about the fouling community on the Tidelands dock. Then navigate a canoe during our first ever Salt Pond Scavenger Hunt!

November 6th – Super Sharks – Come learn about sharks! Discover their unique adaptations and defining characteristics. Take a look inside a shark as we dissect one to learn more about them!

November 20th – Forest Friends Join us for an adventure with our reptile, amphibian, and insect friends! What’s the difference between a reptile and amphibian? How does metamorphosis work? Find out the answers to these questions and more while interacting with real reptiles and insects!

December 4thWhoa, H2O! – What makes water so special? Come find out as we run water quality tests and explore the chemistry of our pond. Then be amazed by some cool tricks you can do with water!   

For more information and program registration, call 4-H Tidelands Nature Center @ 912-635-5032 and/or check out our website @  100 S. Riverview Dr. Jekyll Island, GA

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 635-5032.

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!

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